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India gears up for new million-dollar badminton event (pic)

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Published: 14 August 2013
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NEW DELHI, Aug 13 — Badminton takes a leap into the unknown tomorrow, when a new franchise-based team event with innovative rules aimed at drawing bigger crowds opens in India.

The million-dollar Indian Badminton League (IBL), trumpeted as the sport's richest event, will be played over a fortnight between six city teams, using a more attacking style of play designed to excite the fans.P. V. Sindhu of India at the World Badminton Championships in Guangzhou, China on August 10, 2013.

But the event has suffered several blows even before the first shuttle has been hit, with Malaysian superstar Lee Chong Wei, the league's top draw and the world number one, under an injury cloud.

The standard two-point gap to win a game has been abandoned in favour of a race to 21 points for the first two games and 11 points for the decider, if needed.

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Liu Ying to focus on mixed doubles (pic)

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Published: 14 August 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Mixed doubles shuttler Goh Liu Ying will stick to just one event after suffering a hand injury at the recent World Championships in Guangzhou.

She will stick with Chan Peng Soon in the mixed doubles and forego her partnership with Lim Yin Loo in the women’s doubles.

“This is the best decision. This will surely make Peng Soon and coach Jeremy (Gan) happy,” said Liu Ying, who added that she had to do some soul searching after the world meet.Goh Liu Ying (foreground) and partner Chan Peng Soon went down to Kim Ki-jung-Kyung Eun-jung of South Korea in the second round of the World Championships in Guangzhou this month. Liu Ying now intends to focus on the mixed doubles and give up competing in the women's doubles.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) wanted Liu Ying to focus on only one event earlier this year but Liu Ying felt that she could cope with juggling between the two events.

Prior to the injury, she did exceptionally well in both events.

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Pair told to think big (pic)

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Published: 14 August 2013
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KOO Kien Keat-Tan Boon Hong can still perform at the top provided that they set a target of winning major titles.

This is former coach Rexy Mainaky's advice who believes setting goals to win big titles will make the players focused.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong have hit rock bottom as a pair and have not won a super series title for more than three years.

Reaching the final of the 2010 World Championships final, when under Rexy's guidance, is their best achievement in a major event.Former national doubles coach Rexy Mainaky.

"Kien Keat-Boon Heong can remain as a top pair but their minds should only be focused on winning the big (major) titles," said Rexy in Guangzhou yesterday.

"Once they are focused, they will work hard to achieve their target. They cannot win if they are just looking at doing well.

"You can have five coaches to train them but if the players don't want to do it, there is no point."

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Act before it is too late, BAM

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Published: 14 August 2013
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LEE Chong Wei may have had his final shot at a World Championships title when dehydration and cramps robbed him of his chance of winning the crown, thus allowing his nemesis Lin Dan of China to clinch a record fifth world title in Guangzhou on Sunday.

Lin Dan can now lay claim to being the greatest badminton player ever, while Chong Wei will have to learn to live with being second best and probably never laying his hands on a major title.

The Malaysian camp was quite sure that this would be Chong Wei's year after Lin Dan seemed past his prime, having, competed in just one tournament -- the Asian Championships -- in the last 12 months leading to coaches Tey Seu Bock and Rashid Sidek believing that their charge would finally bag a big one. How wrong they were.

Lin Dan's absence from tournaments leading up to the World Championships must have been a ploy which many fell for.

It is virtually impossible to keep a true champion, who is still hungry for more titles, down and Lin Dan is certainly that.

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Rexy finds the perfect formula

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Published: 14 August 2013
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AS far as Rexy Mainaky is concerned, an effective system with the right blend of coaches is very crucial in turning a nation into a world powerhouse and the former Olympic champion is grateful that Indonesia is blessed with such a set-up at the moment.

Indonesia’s pride took a severe beating in last year’s London Olympics when they returned without a medal.

However, the silver lining was that it resulted in former players closing ranks while the management of the Indonesia BA (PBSI)  was shaken up with the country’s finance minister Gita Wirjawan, only 48, taking over as the president.

Rexy said the new structure is highly  professional and  gives the administrators and coaches a free hand.

The former doubles ace, as the high performance director, has the  power to hire and fire.  Among Gita’s first tasks was replacing  coaching legend Christian Hadinata with  Rexy’s former partner Ricky Subagja. Christian is now an adviser.

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