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Indonesia Open without Chinese Badminton Players

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Published: 09 June 2010
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TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:The Super Series Djarum Indonesia Open, which will be held in Istora Senayan, Jakarta, 22-27 June, will not be attended by Chinese badminton players.

The Committee head of the Indonesia Open Handojo said that they were absent because they will participate in a domestic competition.

“Players from 30 countries will participate in the Indonesia Open. Badminton players from ranks 1-15 will come, except those from China. They are absent because they are following a tournament in their own country,” said Handojo.

The tournament participants will compete to obtain the total prize money of US$ 600.000 (Rp5.55 billion).

The price is higher than the previous prize which amounted to US$ 250.000.

There is a prize increase because the Indonesia Open will be categorized as the Premier Super Series tournament starting next year.

The Head of Indonesia Badminton Association (PBSI) Djoko Santoso said that there are two PBSI targets this year.

“The first target is to succeed in becoming a Premier Super Series next year. The second one is achievements,” he said.

PBSI hopes that Indonesia could become champion in men’s single, men’s double and mixed double.

 
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China's national coach puts domestic badminton league under scrutiny (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 01 June 2010
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Li Yongbo, China's controversial national badminton coach, is concerned that a new domestic league may hurt the country's success in international competition.

The China Badminton  Super League was launched last weekend in an attempt to fulfil a government directive that sport should become more commercial and play a greater role in generating revenue for the economy.Happy days: China celebrate Thomas Cup win in Malaysia

Last year England's Nathan Robertson revealed to Telegraph Sport that he and Anthony Clark had been sounded out to play in China's lucrative club league, which was suspended in 2002 due to cash shortages. The duo turned down the offer due to scheduling.
"The national team players have to sacrifice a lot in order to play in the (league)," Li said. "I'm really worried about that.

"Personally, I'm not sure if the league is of value to the national squad," he added.

 

Better next time

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 May 2010
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Nothing is impossible in sports and the Korean girls proved it by ousting defending champion China 3-1 in the just-concluded Uber Cup final in Kuala Lumpur. Playing as the underdog, South Korea fought its best to foil China’s ambition in taking home the Uber Cup for the 13th time, winning the coveted trophy for the first time.

It was a different fate, unfortunately, for Indonesia’s Thomas Cup team who bowed out to defending champion China. The national team’s ambition to repeat the sweet success at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, dashed after Taufik Hidayat and teammates lost 0-3.

Reaching the final stage, however, was progress for Indonesia’s Thomas Cup team. It had failed in the semifinals three consecutive times.

The last time Indonesia won the Thomas Cup was in 2002 in Guangzhou, China, defeating Malaysia to craft history as the country with the most victories at the event with 13 wins since 1958, including five consecutive wins from 1994.

 
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Indonesian-born coach helps China to Thomas Cup win

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 May 2010
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Indonesian-born coach Tang Xianhu was the key to China’s fourth-straight Thomas Cup men’s badminton team championship in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, said a top Chinese shuttler.

Tang, 68, played a pivotal role in the tournament and performed flawlessly, China’s first singles player Lin Dan said.

“[Tang] is my coach, but I also call him grandfather. He is a responsible coach. I was lucky to train under his direction. He not only guided me technically, but taught me about life,” Olympic champion Lin said, as reported by kompas.com.

Tang was courtside whenever Lin played in the tournament. The coach saw Lin overpower his Indonesian rival, Taufik Hidayat, 3-0 in Sunday’s final match.

 
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China beats Indonesia for 4th straight Thomas Cup (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 May 2010
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Olympic champion Lin Dan took only 43 minutes to overpower Taufik Hidayat 21-7, 21-14 with his superb net play in the first singles at Putra Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

Doubles pair Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng snatched China's second point, edging Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan 25-23, 16-21, 21-12 in a three-set thriller that lasted nearly an hour.Flagging: Members of the Chinese team pose for a photo with their national flag after they defeated Indonesia in the final of the Thomas Cup badminton championships in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

Chen Jin was also stretched to three sets by Simon Santoso before winning 19-21, 21-17, 21-7 in 1 hour, 13 minutes.

Lin Dan said he was pleased but exhausted after beating both Taufik and top-ranked Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia during the tournament.

"I am tired, very tired. I hope to change my economy class ticket to first class when we return home tonight," he said.

 
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