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Lee Chong Wei urged to cut badminton schedule (pic)

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Published: 23 August 2013
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Badminton's world number one Lee Chong Wei faced calls on Friday to reduce his rigorous playing schedule if he wants to extend his career to the 2016 Olympics.

The 30-year-old was stretchered from the court during this month's world championships final against Lin Dan with cramp and dehydration, in the latest heartbreaking defeat to his nemesis.

But Lee, still without a world or Olympic title despite consistently topping the rankings, was back playing in the lucrative new Indian Badminton League (IBL) just days later.Lee Chong Wei returns to Lin Dan during their men's singles final at World Badminton Championships in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong province, on August 11, 2013. Lee was later stretchered from the court during the match, with cramp and dehydration, in the latest heartbreaking defeat to his nemesis.

"He should not participate in too many tournaments," said Zolkples Embong, Malaysia's national sports council director-general, adding that Lee should focus on the Olympics and next year's Asian Games.

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Mahaleel favourite to be elected BAM president

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Published: 22 August 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) will elect their new president in what is expected to be a low-key affair on Saturday.

Barring any turn of events and last minute lobbying, Kelantan BA president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff is expected to replace the outgoing president Datuk Seri Nadzmi Mohd Salleh to helm the national body.

The 66-year-old former Proton CEO (chief operating officer) has the important task of naming two key positions – a committed secretary and also a dedicated coaching and training committee chairman. 

The new leader may resort to sticking with Ng Chin Chai as the secretary, after all, the latter has done quite well to tighten up the administrative work at all levels in the last three years.

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Poor doubles show will result in shake-up (pic)

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Published: 22 August 2013
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WITHOUT a medal to show at the World Championships, there are a number of uncertainties in the men’s doubles department.

The coaches may be changed. Some players may be dropped or split up. New faces may come in.

It all depends on who become the new coaching and training chairman and the national coaching director and what direction they intend to take under the leadership of new Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff.Lim Khim Wah (left) and Goh V Shem performed under-expectations, losing in the second round to compatriots Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong.

Even national chief coach Tan Kim Her’s position is shaky as none of his three pairs – Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem and Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong – made any breakthroughs.

If Kim Her, however, is given another chance to continue, he will have three big challenges in his hands.

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Chong Wei serves a surprise in mixed doubles (pic)

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Published: 22 August 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: It wasn’t just the spicy food in India that has won over world No. 1 men’s singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei.

He has also given the thumbs-up to the inaugural US$1mil (RM3.29mil) Indian Badminton League (IBL) – proudly proclaiming that the IBL has given the sport a new flavour.

On Tuesday, Chong Wei led his Mumbai Masters team to success by playing in two events in New Delhi. He not only took part in the men’s singles, he also made a surprise international debut in the mixed doubles.Lee Chong Wei led his Mumbai Masters team to success by playing in two events at the Indian Badminton League in New Delhi.

He disposed of compatriot Liew Daren 21-12, 21-16 before teaming up with three-time All-England champion Tine Baun of Denmark in the mixed doubles, defeating V. Diju-Prajakta Sawant 18-21, 21-15, 11-5.

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I learnt badminton watching games on YouTube: Vietnam's World No 7 Nguyen Tien Minh (pic)

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Published: 22 August 2013
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Vietnam's World No. 7 Nguyen Tien Minh tells Ashish Phadnis that he is struggling financially despite his world championship bronze.

What did World championship medal mean to you?
I still don’t believe that I won the bronze medal. Being the first Vietnamese shuttler to win a medal at such level is something unique. Even my country is very proud of my success. Actually I was very tired before the semifinals, and didn’t get much time to recover. Otherwise I could have won the silver medal also.

Despite the lack of proper sports infrastructure in Vietnam you did exceptionally well. What was your motivation?
Actually, I just wanted to play and win for my country. That was my motivation. My father put me into badminton for fitness purpose. But later, when I started looking at it as a career, they opposed it.Vietnam's World No. 7 Nguyen Tien Minh tells Ashish Phadnis that he is struggling financially despite his world championship bronze.

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