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Emma Mason back in Scotland Badminton squad for the Sudirman Cup

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Published: 24 March 2009
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Scotland have today named their line-up for the Sudirman Cup in Guangzhou, China, from May 10-17.
 
The 10-strong squad includes Emma Mason for the first time since recovering from the Achilles injury which kept her out of action for most of last season.
 
The squad, led by team manager Rita Yuan Gao and team coach Dan Travers, will leave for China on April 27 and will prepare for the world mixed team championships with a special training camp in RitaÕs home province, Wuhan.
 
"This is the second part of a special reciprocal arrangement with China, who sent over a squad to Scotland before Christmas," said Chinese-born former Scotland international Yuan Gao, who was a playing member of the 2007 Scotland squad when the Cup was held for the second time in Glasgow. "The training camp will be vital preparation as Scotland aim to improve on their 19th place finish in the 2007 Cup."
 
 

Talent from MSSM championships must be nurtured soonest

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Published: 24 March 2009
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LEE Chong Wei and Nicol David, rightly, were crowned as the 2008 National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year last night.

It was easy for the selection panel to reach its decision for the two were Malaysia's standout performers in 2008.

However, questions have been asked about what the future will be after the two hang up their racquets.

Chong Wei, no thanks to the rest of the singles players and inconsistent doubles, is Malaysia's sole flag bearer in badminton while Nicol is on her own.

But the future, Timesport's reporters found out during last week's Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) meets, can be rosy provided immediate action is taken.
The badminton championships in Kangar saw a talented bunch in the Under-12 and this, provided the BA of Malaysia and its affiliates swing into action quickly, will assure a brighter future.
 

Favourite Zulfadli books place in the final (pic)

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Published: 24 March 2009
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KANGAR: The national schools (MSSM) badminton championships’ red-hot favourite Zulfadli Zulkifli survived a scare yesterday before booking his place in the final of the boys’ Under-18 singles competition.

The 16-year-old Selangor shuttler, the second seed in the championships held at the Wawasan Hall here, was stretched to three games before prevailing 21-23, 21-10, 21-18 against Kuala Lumpur’s Tew Gee Chong.

Zulfadli, who is chasing his first Under-18 title to add to his previous MSSM singles triumphs in the Under-12 and Under-15 categories, blamed the lighting conditions at the court for his sluggish display.

“It was the first time all week that I was required to play on Court A and I was unprepared for the lighting conditions there. When I was playing on the left side, the ceiling lights were blurring my vision every time I looked up,” he said.

“My opponent was also on song and made life difficult for me. I need to improve on my performance and handle the court conditions better in the final tomorrow.”

 
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India Open --- I like being a crowd-puller: Taufik Hidayat

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Published: 24 March 2009
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HYDERABAD: Former Olympic and World champion Taufik Hidayat arrived in Hyderabad to take part in the India Open Grand Prix Gold Tournament
. In a f
reewheeling chat, the Indonesian, who is the most popular player in the world, discussed about the game, his swashbuckling style and his reputation of being the crowd puller.

On the reasons for accepting to come here

I like this country. I had played at Jaipur a few years back. But the reason why I am here is my sponsor Yonex. They asked me to compete in this tournament and I don’t have a reason to say no.

On his image...

Yeah I get angry. Don’t you get angry when someone insults you? It’s just the same. When people insult me I don’t like to keep quiet. That’s my way and I don’t think that’s wrong.

On being the most popular player in the world...

I always like being a crowd puller. Fortunately, all through my career I enjoyed that image. I think my attitude of being the same person on and off the court helped me to become popular.

On his chances at the Open

I think my chances are good. But we can never be sure. We have some very good players and the Indians will be dangerous opponents at home. The tall one (Anup Sridhar) who defeated me earlier, Chetan (Anand) and Aravind Bhat play well.
 
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Chong Wei Still Has A Long Way To Go, Says Ismail Sabri

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Published: 18 March 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 (Bernama) -- National badminton ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei still has a long way to go if he wants to bring back Malaysia's first Olympic gold medal at the London Games in 2012, said Youth and Sports Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said the World Number One men's singles player must raise his game even higher and be consistent to ensure the dream (Olympic gold) could be achieved.

"Nevertheless, personally I am very proud with his victory over his arch nemesis Lin Dan of China in the Swiss Open final yesterday," he told reporters here Monday.

"After Chong Wei lost to Lin Dan in the final in the All-England (March 8), I contacted him and advised him to give full concentration and not be nervous," Ismail Sabri said.

In yesterday's final, Chong Wei defeated Lin Dan in straight sets of 21-16, 21-16 in 52 minutes. It was his fourth win against the Chinese badminton supremo in 14 encounters.

His feat was also emulated by the national crack men's doubles pair of Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong who defeated Denmark's Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen 21-14, 21-18 in the final.

"Kien Keat and Boon Heong have shown they can bounce back and be a formidable combination again although before this I had suggested to national doubles coach Rexy Mainaky to split them," said Ismail Sabri.
 
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