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Chong Wei is badminton top earner for 2013 (pic)

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Published: 31 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: It’s a Happy New Year indeed for world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei.

The Malaysian men’s singles shuttler finished 2013 as the top moneymaker in world badminton. The 31-year-old, a winner of seven Super Series titles, hit close to RM1mil in prize money. And that’s not counting his appearance fees and money won at several professional leagues, his allowance from the Badminton Association of Malaysia as well as the endorsements as brand ambassadors. Millionaire shuttler. With prize money, endorsements, appearance fees and allowances, Malaysia's world No.1 badminton player, Lee Chong Wei, easily surpassed the RM1mil mark in total earnings for 2013.

Chong Wei was a runaway winner with a total haul of US$292,540 (RM960,028). China’s Zhao Yunlei, a women doubles star, was second with US$167,195 (RM548,018) and women’s singles player Li Xuerui, also of China, took home US$143,095 (RM469,000).

Chong Wei admitted that it was his biggest payday in a single season.

“Indeed, it has been a great year for me – on and off the court. I was able to play consistently well at the highest level despite my age and I became a father,” said Chong Wei, the four-time BWF World Super Series Finals champion.

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Ireland Name Strong Squads for European Championships (pic)

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Published: 31 December 2013
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Basle in Switzerland will play host to the 2014 European Men and Women team Championships and Ireland have sent teams to compete in both events.

The Irish teams have been placed in two difficult groups and will need to be on the top of their game when they start the event on Tuesday the 11th of February. Scott Evans, Barry murphy and Kevin Kilty

The players selected to play in the European Men Team Championships are as follows: 

Scott Evans

Sam Magee

Jonathan Dolan

Tony Stephenson

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Reprieve for professionals

Category: Badminton News
Published: 31 December 2013
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INDEPENDENT shuttlers can harbour hopes of playing for the country in the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and Thomas Cup Finals as the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) will hold open trials to select the squads next year.

Previously, the selection for these events had been based on world rankings and results but the BAM executive committee (exco), chaired by president Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff, has approved a proposal to have open trials for the first time.

Tengku Mahaleel said while most of the players would be from the national team, he also wants to make sure that external options, including from the states, are not discounted to give Malaysia a better chance of doing well in the three events.

This will come as good news for professional players Misbun Ramdan Misbun and Zulfadli Zulkifli and men's doubles Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari and Gan Teik Chai-Ong Soon Hock.

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BAM looking into equal prize money for all

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Published: 31 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Efforts will be made for all the winners to enjoy equal prize money in local tournaments in future.

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) secretary Ng Chin Chai gave the assurance after mixed doubles specialist Chan Peng Soon expressed his unhappiness over a huge disparity in prize money distribution in local tournaments.

On Monday, Peng Soon and Lai Pei Jing won the mixed doubles title at the National Grand Prix Finals in Putrajaya and they went home with a paltry sum of RM1,600 each. It was the lowest amount when compared with the winners of the other events.

Chin Chai said it would be ideal for the National GP Finals to offer the same prize money for all the winners like the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

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State badminton talents to get financial boost (pic)

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Published: 31 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) will invest RM1,000 a month on every potential player earmarked by them at state level.

The BAM decided to take the step in an attempt to find new talents, especially in the men’s singles department. World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is the only singles player producing results at international level for the national body.The Badminton Association of Malaysia will provide RM1,000 to state players identified by the state BA in a bid to nurture their talent.

David Wee, the BAM talent search chief, David Wee said the exco had approved the funding.

“The BAM cannot cater to all the players. I have 10 people in my committee, including some national coaches, and they will help to identify the talents in the states,” said David, who is also the president of the BA of Negri Sembilan

“Every potential player will be given RM1,000 a month and monitored under our programme.”

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