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Finally, instant review for badminton players (pic)

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Published: 11 November 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei gave a thumbs-up to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) for finally agreeing to implement instant reviews, which allows a player to challenge line calls.

The BWF on Friday announced that the instant reviews would be used at the World Super Series Finals in Kuala Lumpur from Dec 10-15.

“Finally, they are doing it! BWF have been talking about it since January and they had even experimented using it in several tournaments. I am glad that they are putting it into practice at last,” said Chong Wei. A thing of the past? World No.1 Lee Chong Wei seen here disputing a line call in a tournament in 2010 in this picture. BWF will finally implement the instant review system allowing players to challenge line calls, starting at the World Super Series Finals in December.

“Players have been questioning the quality of line judging for some time. Now, we are taking the first step to arrest this problem,” he said.

BWF wanted to introduce it at the Indonesian Open this year but then decided to postpone it.

On Friday, the BWF released a statement saying that they would officially use the instant reviews at the World Super Series Finals, which would allow a player to challenge line calls twice during a match.

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Would Soon Kit or Kim Hock return to BAM? (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 11 November 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former internationals Cheah Soon Kit or Yap Kim Hock may be a good option for the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to replace Paulus Firman as the national doubles coach.

Paulus, who quit the national team due to family problems, will leave for Indonesia by the end of this month.

Without him, Pang Cheh Chang is the only coach left to man a total of 24 doubles players, including the recent recruits from the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) who have completed their Form Five studies. Would former national chief coach Yap Kim Hock (right) or ex-doubles chief coach Cheah Soon Kit return to BAM to fill the void left by Paulus' abrupt resignation?

On Friday, BAM secretary Ng Chin Chai said that they would have to find a replacement soon and the coaching and training committee is tasked with identifying the candidate.

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Chong Wei may get a break, thanks to injury (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 11 November 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei’s participation in all international tournaments until the end of the year is now on hold after an old injury returned to haunt him.

The 31-year-old Chong Wei is slated to participate in the China Open starting on Wednesday in Shanghai, followed by the Hong Kong Open from Nov 19-24. He is also expected to take part in the BWF’s World Super Series Finals in Kuala Lumpur from Dec 10-15.

The pain on his ankle is causing Chong Wei discomfort. Lee Chong Wei (right) seen here being comforted by China's Lin Dan after the former suffered serious cramping in the final of the World Championships in August, may finally get some much needed rest as a niggling ankle injury may see him skip the final three tournaments of the year.

“I feel the throbbing pain in the same ankle area which I injured during the Thomas Cup Finals (in Wuhan) last year. It is affecting me during training,” said Chong Wei.

“It has been a hectic year for me and I think I am finally feeling the pinch. Maybe I have pushed myself too hard and this may have put a lot of strain on my ankle.”

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Coach Paulus quits BAM (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 11 November 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: It is not even one year but Indonesia’s Paulus Firman has quit as Malaysia’s badminton coach.

On Thursday, the soft-spoken Paulus, who joined Malaysia’s stable as a coach in January this year, said that he had submitted his resignation letter to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) at the end of October.

Paulus would have loved to continue coaching but some family problems back home in Jakarta has forced him to review his status with BAM. He will serve out his contract until the end of this month before returning to Indonesia. Coach Paulus Firman (right) giving instructions to Tan Wee Kiong (left) and Goh V Shem in a file photo. Paulus will be returning home to Indonesia because of family problems.

“It is just unfortunate that I have to leave. I have handed in my resignation letter. I have to put the interest of my family first and that is the only reason behind my decision,” said Paulus, who was a women’s doubles coach with the All-Indonesia Badminton Association (PBSI) prior to his arrival in Malaysia.

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Badminton trial matches on anvil

Category: Badminton News
Published: 07 November 2013
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Chandigarh Badminton Association will conduct trial matches in the junior (U-17, U-19) and senior mixed doubles categories on November 14 and 16 at Panjab University badminton Hall. While the trial matches for junior mixed double event in the U-17 and U-19 categories will be held on November 14, the trial matches for the senior mixed double event will be held on November 16. Interested and eligible players can send their entries on or before November 12 up to 5 pm to Surinder Mahajan, chief technical advisor, Chandigarh Badminton Association, at the Panjab University Badminton Hall. Also, shuttlers from Chandigarh must send their entries for participation in qualifying matches in any national championships or national ranking tournament in any age group to the general secretary of the association three days before the last date for the receipt of entries by Badminton Association of India.

Chess meet on anvil

Chess Specific, Mohali will organise Mohali District Chess Championship under the aegis of Punjab State Chess Association at Gurukul World School, Sector 69, Mohali from November 16 to 17. The event will be played in Under-7, Under-11, Under-15, Under-19 and senior categories (both boys and girls). The last date for registration for the event is November 12 while registration with late fee will be accepted till November 14. Interested players can enrol at and call at 8591289001 for any queries. The top ten players in the senior category will represent Mohali in the upcoming Punjab-B State Chess Championship.

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