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Malaysia Emerge Overall Champion In Badminton, Bag All Seven Gold

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Published: 21 December 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 19 (Bernama) -- Malaysia emerged the overall champion in badminton at the 14th Asean University Games (AUG'08), winning all seven gold at stake.

The runners-up were Indonesia with five silver and three bronze while Thailand came in third with five bronze.

The host nation stormed ahead when they picked five more gold, two silver and two bronze medals at the Cheras Badminton Stadium here Friday.

Malaysia took an early control on the opening day on Sunday by winning two gold in the men's and women's team events.

In today's matches, Malaysia won the gold in men's doubles through Mohd Razif Ab Latif and Tan Wee Kiong, mixed doubles (Tan Wee Kiong and Woon Khe Wei) and men's singles (Mohamad Arif Ab Latif).
 

Hendrawan can’t help but envy the support that badminton gets here

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 December 2008
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INDONESIAN coach Hendrawan cannot help but envy Malaysia as far as the government’s support for badminton is concerned.

Indonesian shuttlers have, since last month, been forced to leave the national training centre and rejoin their respective clubs due to financial difficulties.

The All-Indonesia Badminton Association (PBSI) do not have the money to pay for the players’ meals and accommodation.

The players will report for centralised training in January but will have to find their own sponsors if they want to compete in the Malaysian and Korean Opens next month.

 

Saina’s persistence earns her a spot in the semi-finals (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 December 2008
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INDIA’S Saina Nehwal (pic) has shed tears too many times over badminton. And the many struggles have only made the talented youngster a stronger person.

A passport problem almost saw her missing the trip in the ongoing Super Series Masters Finals in Kota Kinabalu. But, being the resilient person that she is, she took matters into her own hands to see to it that she made it for the prestigious tournament.

And her persistence paid off when she booked a place in the semi-finals as the Group B runner-up. She defeated Pi Hongyan of France and Malaysia’s Wong Mew Choo yesterday.

“I almost did not make it. I was invited because China’s players withdrew. There were no more empty pages on my passport. I thought I could settle the matter within days but it took longer than expected,” said Saina, who will take on Wang Chen of Hong Kong in today’s semi-final.

 

Saina wins praises, not prize money

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 December 2008
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Mumbai: Saturday was one of Saina Nehwal’s highest pay-days, as she won US$ 10,000 for her semi-final appearance at the world’s richest badminton tournament—the US$ 5,00,000 World Super Series Masters. When she’ll actually see the money is far from certain though.

Saina went down 21-15, 14-21, 21-16 to Chen Wang of Hong Kong in the semi-final on Saturday. Ironically though, for the 18-year-old, the brightest patch of her booming career this year has not quite been reflecting in her bank statements. Beyond the giant presentation cheques at glitzy functions, accolades and encouraging speeches, are the perplexing delays in receiving the prize money India’s top shuttler has accumulated over this breakthrough season.

Prize money won in international badminton events are always routed through the national association—in this case, the Badminton Association of India. As far as the procedure goes, the treasurer of the association informs the secretary once the money has been received from the organisers, who in turn informs the individual player, before the payments are delivered through DDs via speedpost. The entire procedure could take two months or more. Saina, though, hasn’t received any payments in the last six months.

 
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Koo-Tan may find Markis-Hendra too hot to handle (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 December 2008
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KOTA KINABALU: Olympic champions Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia are back on their feet, hungry for more success after a minor setback.

A knee injury to Markis saw them losing tamely to Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong in the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open early this month.

Now that Markis is in better condition, the world number one are all fired up to regain their winning touch against the Malaysians in the Super Series Masters Finals here.

Both the pairs are in Group B with Candra Wijaya-Tony Gunawan (Ina-Usa) and Mathias Boe-Carsten Morgensen (Den). Group A comprises Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari (Mas), Jung Jae-sung-Lee Yong-dae (Kor), Robert Blair-Chris Adcock (Eng) and Simon Mollyhus-Anders Kristiansen (Den).

 

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