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Rashid on a double mission at Asian Badminton Championships (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 14 April 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: National singles chief coach Rashid Sidek will be on a double mission at the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC), which begins today in New Delhi.

He will have to take over Hendrawan’s duties, including charting the strategies of the singles players, headed by Mohd Hafiz Hashim, after the Indonesian coach was prevented from making the trip to India because of visa problems.Busy man: Rashid Sidek (left) will chart the strategies of the singles players, headed by Hafiz Hashim (right), in the Asian Badminton Championships.

And Rashid will also be busy collecting data on the Thomas Cup rival teams.

For a start, his main target is Japan, who are in Group B with Malaysia and Nigeria in the Finals, which will be held at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil from May 9-16.

He will also be keeping an eye on China, South Korea and Indonesia, who are using the ABC to finalise their respective teams.

 

Badminton England set high targets for European Badminton Championships (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 07 April 2010
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England have been set an ambitious target of four medals at next week's European Championships in Manchester.

Denmark will go into the tournament - which takes place at the M.E.N Arena from April 14-18 - as favourites to top the medal table after success in both singles and doubles at last month's All England Championships.

But England's management will be heartened by new-partner performances in the mixed doubles at Birmingham and Ian Moss, Badminton England Performance Director, believes that his contingent can also pick up one gold. Jenny Wallwork and Gabby White celebrate a victory at All England Championships

Moss said: “We have set ourselves this target as an achievable but difficult challenge.

“I’m confident that if we can get our top players playing at the best of their ability then the Europeans will be a very successful tournament for us.

Playing events of this magnitude on home soil is a great boost for the players as well as the country’s badminton fans and I hope we will have a lot to be happy about come April.”

 
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Rashid wants camaraderie in Thomas Cup cast

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 07 April 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: There is no place for individual heroes in the squad gearing up for the Thomas-Uber Cup Finals, which will be held at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil from May 9-16.

National chief coach Rashid Sidek wants to have camaraderie among the players ahead of the world premier team events for men and women.

There will be a three-day motivation camp in Port Dickson from April 23-25 and it will be conducted by National Sports Institute’s (NSI) mental trainer Frederick Tan.

The players will also mingle over dinner and participate in fun games for two days on April 21 and 22.

Rashid, who was a member of the Malaysian team who last won the Thomas Cup Finals in 1992, said that team unity was the key to success.

 
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Chong Wei’s All-England final T-shirt nets RM1,400

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 07 April 2010
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PETALING JAYA: The T-shirt Lee Chong Wei wore in the All-England final last month has been auctioned off for US$437 (RM1,400).

The world No. 1 defeated Kenichi Tago of Japan to emerge as the 100th All-England men’s singles champion.

The auction was carried out by Solidarity Badminton Foundation (Solibad) and the money raised will be used to help under-privileged children.

 
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Dangerous Japan can spoil Malaysia’s ABC party

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Published: 07 April 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: Japan are never really a force to be reckoned with in the men’s singles event in the past.

But their future generation of players are going great guns and they are set to spoil the party for Malaysia’s Tan Chun Seang and Chong Wei Feng in the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC), which will be held in New Delhi from April 12-18.

Chun Seang will take on Kazushi Yamada while Wei Feng faces Kenichi Tago in the opening round respectively.

Kazushi defeated Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia in the second round of the Swiss Open last month while Tago showed his prowess when he took down China giants Chen Jin and Bao Chunlai before bowing out to world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei in the final of the All-England last month. Both Kazushi and Tago are not only younger but they are also ranked higher than the Malaysians, who have yet to achieve any breakthrough since they joined the back-up squad five years ago.

 
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