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Punch Gunalan calls it a day (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 14 July 2008
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By LIM TEIK HUAT

PETALING JAYA: The 23-year involvement of Datuk Punch Gunalan in the administration of Malaysian badminton came to an end when he relinquished the last two positions he held yesterday.

The former All-England doubles champion stepped down as the president of Kuala Lumpur Badminton Association (KLBA) at their biennial general meeting.

 

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Datuk Punch Gunalan

 

 

The slow road to China (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 13 July 2008
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Mike Beres made Badminton Canada history last month, when the RA Badminton Club member became the first player to qualify for three consecutive Summer Olympic Games.
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A year-long campaign for international ranking points and knowledge of the Olympic eligibility rules helped Mike Beres get into the 2008 Olympics.
 

Gail force: Emms stars in a sport where the shuttle hits 200mph (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 11 July 2008
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By Lee Clayton Last updated at 8:22 PM on 11th July 2008

For those who consider badminton a sleepy pastime played by the carpet slipper brigade at the village hall, get this. The top players now smash the shuttle at 200mph.

The world record speed for the shuttle (the pros have dropped the 'cock' bit) is 212mph, the world's best girls can strike at up to 140mph and Gail Emms has an explosive right hand that spells danger. This lady is anything but sleepy.

The buzzing poster girl of the sport is heading for the Beijing University of Technology aiming to go one better than the silver medal collected in Athens four years ago. And she has extended an invite to show me how.

There is no sign of her Olympic doubles partner Nathan Robertson (he must have been scared) so it's just me and Emms at Center Parcs, rackets at the ready.

 

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Poster girl: Beijing hopeful Emms even finds time to relax before her big test

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Athletic: Emms combines speed, power, grace and aggression
 

 

 

Doubles pairs take a break from training for camp in Genting

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 11 July 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR: The two national men’s doubles pairs for the Beijing Olympics will have a break from their routine daily training sessions when they go for a two-day camp at the Genting Highlands on Wednesday.
 

About Badminton

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 07 July 2008
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- A demonstration sport at the 1972 Games in Munich, badminton became an official Olympic sport at the 1992 Barcelona Games.

- Few people know it, but badminton is the world's fastest racquet sport. The shuttlecock, that missile of cork and goose feathers, can whip across the net as fast as 260 kilometres per hour. The best don't duck.

- Beijing's badminton facility is touted as the best ever. Tiny air-conditioning vents were built under 7,000 spectators' seats to keep everyone cool but not create drafts that might affect how the shuttle cock flys.

 

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