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Saina is Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year

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Published: 03 December 2009
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New Delhi, Dec 3  India's badminton sensation Saina Nehwal was today declared the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year for her stupendous show in 2009.

The Hyderabadi shuttler became the first Indian to have won a Super Series title when she triumphed in Indonesian event in June. She also broke into the top-10 zone this year.

India cricketer Virat Kohli was adjudged the Young Player of the Year while India's Davis Cup Squad was named as the Team of the Year.

Jamaican super sprinter Usain Bolt, a Beijing Olympic gold medallist, was chosen as the International Sportsperson of the Year while the Lifetime Achievement award will be given posthumously to former BCCI president Raj Singh Dungarpur.

"These individuals have shown supreme grit and determination in their endeavours to excel.

 
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Second win for Brits

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Published: 03 December 2009
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Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg stayed on course for a mixed doubles semi-final place at the BWF World Masters with victory in their second match.

The duo saw off Thailand's Songphon Anugritayawon and Kunchala Voravichitchaikul 18-21 21-16 21-12.

Clark and Nathan Robertson suffered a second loss in the men's doubles, while Jenny Wallwork and Gabby White were also defeated in the women's event.

 
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Saina loses opening round of Super Series Masters Final Source: Saina loses opening round of Super Series Masters Final

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Published: 02 December 2009
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Johar Bahru, Dec 2  India’s Saina Nehwal lost her opening round match to Malaysian Mew Choo Wong at the World Super series Masters Final badminton here Wednesday.

Saina, who has got the top billing in the tournament after the pull out by top players [^], went down 13-21, 21-13, 14-21 in a tough Group A encounter.

Saina will now have to win both her Group matches against Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand and Canadian Charmaine Reid to make it to the semifinal.

India’s mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V. Diju also went down to England’s Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg 15-21, 16-21 in 27 minutes.

 
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Indonesian Shuttlers Start 0-2 at Badminton Super Series in Malaysia

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Published: 02 December 2009
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Taufik Hidayat didn’t have a good feeling about his group-stage draw.

His instincts were proven right on Wednesday, after the former world champion crumbled in the clutch and lost in two sets to Bao Chunlai of China in their opening match at the season-ending Super Series Masters Finals in Johor Baru, Malaysia.

Down one set and just a point shy of extending the match to a deciding third set, Taufik instead saw Bao string together four consecutive points en route to a 21-18, 26-24 victory at Bandaraya Indoor Stadium.

Indonesia went 0-2 on the day after Alvent Yulianto Chandra and Hendra Aprida Gunawan dropped a 21-16, 21-18 decision to Carsten Mogensen and Mathias Boe of Denmark in men’s doubles action.

 

Olympics badminton move opposed

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Published: 02 December 2009
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Badminton's governing body has opposed staging London 2012 badminton at Wembley Arena, saying it is too far from the east London Olympic site.

Last week the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved a plan to hold badminton events at the arena.

But the Badminton World Federation said it did not want the sport to be in a "stand alone" west London venue.

It said: "We are of the opinion that this will affect the Olympic experience for players and spectators."

Sporting 'pinnacle'

Last week the IOC approved holding badminton and rhythmic gymnastics events at Wembley Arena instead of a £40m temporary venue that had been planned for Greenwich.

Wembley Arena was supported by London Mayor Boris Johnson and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog).

Locog chairman Sebastian Coe said: "It's a combination of cost - everyone recognises the world has changed dramatically since when we bid - but it's also about legacy and athlete experience."

A London 2012 spokeswoman has since added Locog is considering the concerns and will respond to them

But Badminton World Federation (BWF) President Dr Kang Young Joong said: "The Olympic Games is the pinnacle of sporting achievement and the BWF owes our athletes and its members the responsibility to showcase badminton to the media and the world in the best possible way."

The BWF said it would "vigorously engage" in venue negotiations with the IOC and hoped to find a solution at its next board meeting in March.

 
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