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Iran Refuses Entry For US Women's Badminton Team (pic)

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Published: 05 February 2009
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The US women's badminton team planning to compete in an Iranian competition as part of a cultural exchange have not been granted visas in time, Iran says.

Foreign ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said there was not enough time for the lengthy process before the 14-nation contest starts on Friday.

It was unclear when the Iranian Badminton Federation had invited the US team, nor when applications were made.

Iran and the US have had no diplomatic ties for nearly 30 years.

 

Badminton player Tien Minh grabs 15th position in world rankings

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 February 2009
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Vietnam’s first seed, Nguyen Tien Minh, has recently leapt forward to gain 15th position in the world rankings, announced by the International Badminton Federation.

This year, apart from winning prizes at the 25th SEA Games, Tien Minh has set a goal to compete in 8-10 international tournaments and he has worked very hard during the Tet holiday to prepare for the British and Swiss Open Tournaments in early March.

He is also expected to win at least one championship title in regional open tournaments to be held in Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.

 
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BAM get set for busy year ahead as host

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 February 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Bad­min­ton Association of Malaysia (BAM) are getting ready for another busy time of hosting major international events this year.

BAM have been handed the task of hosting the World Junior Championships for the first time from Oct 23-Nov 1 at either Johor Baru or Alor Star.

The national body are also contemplating hosting a Grand Prix gold tournament.

The Badminton World Fe­deration (BWF) are allowing their members to host an additional international tournamentthis year.

The Grand Prix gold is rated one step lower than Super Series.

Last month, Malaysia hosted the opening leg of the Super Series at Stadium Putra, where world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei emerged as the men’s singles champion for the fifth time.

By hosting the GP gold, the Malaysian players — especially the back-up shuttlers — will have more opportunities to improve on their world rankings.

 
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Chasing a childhood dream (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 January 2009
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The icing on the cake for badminton ace Saina Nehwal was breaking into the world's top 10...

India's badminton ace Saina Nehwal has been in majestic form during the last six months. In August, she became the first Indian woman shuttler to reach the quarterfinal of the Olympics. In the process, Saina notched up the best win of her career, against world number five Wang Chen.

The 18-year-old then kept the momentum going to pocket the Chinese Taipei Open, the National title back home, the Commonwealth Youth Games gold medal and the World Junior title before winning the prestigious Most Promising Player award from the Badminton World Federation in December. The icing on the cake for the Hyderabadi was breaking into the world’s top 10.

 

National campaign for Island (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 January 2009
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JERSEY badminton stars Elizabeth Cann and Mariana Agathangelou hope to dominate this weekend’s English National Championships in Manchester.

Those two are spearheading the campaign for a five-strong Jersey contingent, though former national champion Mark Constable again cannot be ruled out of challenging for the men’s singles title. Reigning champion Cann is keen to clinch her fourth national title, while Agathangelou has her sights set on women’s and mixed doubles finals.

Cann is again favourite to win the women’s singles, and opens her tournament at the second round – though she could face a tough test if she comes up against Hertfordshire’s England international Rachel Howard. Her resolve could also be tried by tournament second-seed Jill Pittard, who is eager to claim her first national title.

Cann said: ‘It is a high standard of competition, and if Jill and I both reach the final it will be a tough match. There are also a few up-and-comers who are playing quite well at the moment, so I will be really happy to retain the title - obviously I want to remain national champion for as long as possible.’

• Picture: Mark Constable will challenge for the men’s singles title

 
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