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Weighty issue on coach Kim Her's mind (pic)

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Published: 16 August 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s men’s doubles shuttlers Tan Wee Kiong-Hoon Thien How won the hearts of many with a fighting display en route to losing to four-time world champions Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng of China in the third round of the World Championships in Guangzhou recently.

But national doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her believes that his charges could have pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the tournament had Thien How been trimmer and fitter.Malaysia's men’s doubles shuttlers Tan Wee Kiong and Hoon Thien How (left) lost to China's Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng in the third round of the World Championships in Guangzhou. Coach Tan Kim Her believes the duo could have pulled off a big upset had Thien How been trimmer and fitter.

“It’s unfortunate that some players have to battle with weight issues ... but I know that Thien How had put in a lot of effort to reduce his weight,” said Kim Her.

“Earlier this year, the National Sports Institute (NSI) experts worked closely with him and kept tabs of his progress. It’s just unfortunate that he could not lose more.

“But I’m confident that with NSI playing their part and Thien How trying his best, he will only become better.”

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BWF air-con ruling leaves Malaysia hot and bothered

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Published: 16 August 2013
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The Badminton World Federation (BWF) have failed to cool a heated row between Chinese and Malaysian governing bodies over air conditioning during the men's singles final at the world championships on Sunday.

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) were unhappy as temperatures soared at the Tianhe Sports Center in Guangzhou during the showpiece match between their charge Lee Chong Wei and China's Lin Dan.

Lee had taken the first set but struggled in the second before quitting in the third with cramps, with Malaysian media claiming that the air conditioning had been switched off midway through the match to aid Lin.

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Air-con controversy not cool for badminton (pic)

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Published: 15 August 2013
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Badminton and controversy are not exactly strangers but a row involving the air conditioning at the world men's singles final is causing a headache the sport could do without.

The Guangzhou showdown between home favourite Lin Dan, the four-time champion, and Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei, his main rival and the world number one, had the makings of a classic.Lee Chong Wei is stretchered away during his World Badminton Championships final against Lin Dan in Guangzhou on August 11, 2013. Lin's win was overshadowed by the failure of the air conditioning mid-match, fuelling conspiracy theories and possibly contributing to Lee's withdrawal on a stretcher with cramp.

But Lin's win was overshadowed by the failure of the air conditioning mid-match, fuelling conspiracy theories and possibly contributing to Lee's withdrawal on a stretcher with cramp as he faced match point.

"It was so hot inside and Chong Wei was dehydrated. This led to him suffering cramps," Lee's coach Tey Seu Bock told Malaysian newspaper The Star.

"This is not right. The players were suffering. At one point, Chong Wei was struggling to breathe," he added.

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Lee Chong Wei to miss first IBL tie (pic)

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Published: 15 August 2013
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NEW DELHI: World No. 1 and Mumbai Masters' icon player Lee Chong Wei has again delayed his travel plans and will miss his first Indian Badminton League (IBL) tie against the Banga Beats on Thursday.

The Malaysian, who skipped the opening ceremony of the IBL on Wednesday, was expected to arrive in time Friday for his team's maiden outing.

But he has again postponed his travel plans and will be arriving only late at night.World No. 1 and Mumbai Masters' icon player Lee Chong Wei has again delayed his travel plans and will miss his first Indian Badminton League (IBL) tie against the Banga Beats on Thursday.  The Malaysian, who skipped the opening ceremony of the IBL on Wednesday, was expected to arrive in time Friday for his team's maiden outing.  But he has again postponed his travel plans and will be arriving only late at night.

The World No. 1 had retired from the World Championships men's singles final Sunday with cramps against Chinese legend Lin Dan in Guangzhou and is not expected to be in top physical. He has a heavily strapped ankle.

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Thai Badminton Star Defeats Police Chief in Unlikely Mismatch (pic)

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Published: 15 August 2013
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BANGKOK—In the end, it wasn’t quite the humiliation some badminton fans had come to see.

Bangkok’s 60-year-old police chief, Lt. Gen. Kamronwit Toopkracha, put in a creditable performance in an exhibition match against Thailand’s new teenage badminton star, Ratchanok Inthanon, on Wednesday – although that perhaps was because he had recruited Thai international player Grithtin Kridtanukoon to help him in a doubles game against the newly crowned world champion, who was assigned Lt. Gen. Kamronwit’s deputy as her partner.

The police chief’s team lost 2 sets to 1.Thai Badminton Star Defeats Police Chief in Unlikely Mismatch

Since her triumph at the world badminton championships in Guangzhou, China, over the weekend, 18-year-old Ms. Ratchanok has become one of the most recognizable figures in Thailand as well as a bold new face in the badminton world after breaking the dominance of China and other big nations in the sport, South Korea and Indonesia.

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