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China mark quake anniversary with Sudirman Cup mauling (pic)

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Published: 13 May 2009
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GUANGZHOU, China (AFP) — A minute's silence was held at the Sudirman Cup Tuesday in remembrance of the victims of last year's earthquake in China, before the hosts marked the occasion with a badminton master class.

China's 5-0 mauling of Japan's inexperienced side in the mixed team championships here was the perfect way to pay respect to the 87,000 dead or missing from the Sichuan quake one year ago.Lin Dan

In the other elite tie of the evening, South Korea beat Denmark to confirm that, along with Indonesia, they have what it takes to at least make China work hard for what would be their seventh Sudirman Cup triumph.

China's head coach Li Yongbo said afterwards it was important to separate sport from last year's devastation and that his players needed no added incentive to win for their country.

"Before the match we had a brief ceremony. I think this is what we need to do more often. Of course, the Chinese badminton team has given a lot of help to the victims, but we need a long-term effort in this," Li said.

"We did what we could, but this has nothing to do with the match or today's performance," he added, proclaiming himself "very satisfied" with the victory.

With the tournament going to form so far, it is difficult to see anyone else but holders China lifting the trophy Sunday at the Guangzhou Gymnasium, especially with the vocal home support firmly behind them.

World number three and Chinese idol Lin Dan was in typically extravagant form in easily beating Sho Sasaki, at one point returning a shot while he had both knees planted on the floor.

 

Off to winning starts (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 May 2009
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GUANGZHOU (China) - INDONESIA and South Korea got off to winning starts at the 2009 Sudirman Cup in the opening session Sunday in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, but there was disappointment for Malaysia.

Indonesia smashed a young Japan team 4-1 and South Korea defeated Malaysia 3-2 as the mixed team championships got off to a largely predictable start. 'We are confident and optimistic that we will bring the cup home,' said a satisfied Indonesian team manager Yacob Rusdianto.

Strongly fancied to be one of the main threats to hosts China, Indonesia, cheered on by a small but vociferous band of followers marooned in one corner of the Guangzhou Gymnasium, raced to a 3-0 lead against Japan.   	 South Korea's Lee Yong Dae (left) and Jung Jae Sung (right) competes in the men's doubles preliminary match against Malaysia's Koo Kean Keat and Tan Boon Heong.

Sony Dwi Kuncoro, Indonesia's world number six, made light work of Kenichi Tago after a slow start, eventually running out the winner 21-17, 21-16, leaving Japanese hopes in tatters on day one at 3-0 down. They pulled a point back in comfortably winning the women's doubles before Indonesia pulled further ahead 4-1 to leave the inexperienced Japan team deflated.

 

Maijol Appointed Team Manager For Sudirman Cup

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Published: 05 May 2009
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KOTA KINABALU, May 4 (Bernama) -- President of the Sabah Badminton Association (SBA) Senator Datuk Maijol Mahap has been appointed team manager of the Malaysian badminton team for the Sudirman Cup in Guangzhou from May 10-17.

Maijol would be assisted by Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) general manager Kenny Goh.

"I'm hopeful of a good result. Malaysia are drawn against Denmark, South Korea and Hong Kong and we have our best players available. We should at least reach the semifinal... that's our target. Anything beyond that is a bonus," he told Bernama, here today.

He said Sudirman Cup remains a prestigious championship as it is the world mixed team championship and Malaysia are ranked number four in the tournament.

"But rankings really doesn't mean much. It's the performance on that day that really matters and I believe we have a chance to win this time around," he said.

Maijol said Malaysia would bank on men's singles world number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei and men's doubles world number three, Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong and world number one women's doubles Wong Pei Tty/Chin Eei Hui to deliver the goods.

Other members of the team are Kuang Beng Hong, Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari, Wong Mew Choo, Julia Wong Pei Xian, Ng Hui Lin, and three coaches - Datuk Misbun Sidek, his younger brother Rashid Sidek and Rexy Mainaky, he said.

Maijol said eight countries would participate in the tournament - Denmark, Indonesia, China, Malaysia, South Korea, England, Hong Kong and Japan (according to ranking).

 
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Indonesia Rides Youth Movement To Sudirman Cup

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Published: 05 May 2009
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As it sends its squad off to China, the Indonesian Badminton Association will put its faith in the promise of youth.

Indonesia’s team for the Sudirman Cup mixed team championship, which begins on Sunday in Guangzhou, China, is dominated by young shuttlers. Even so, the association expects the team to notch its third successive finals appearance.

Indonesia opens Group 1B play against Japan on Sunday, followed by matches against England the next day and tournament favorite China on May 14. The top two teams in each group advance. Denmark, Malaysia, South Korea and Hong Kong make up Group 1A.

 

Top world badminton players coming in June

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Published: 05 May 2009
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The world’s top badminton players are set to invade the Philippines this coming June when the Philippine Open Gold Grand Prix Championships returns after a year’s break from the scene.

Philippine Badminton Association (PBA) chief and former First Lady Amelita “Ming” Ramos said the world’s bests due to visit the Philippines include top players from Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Korea, Vietnam, and England.

“This is a big event since players who will succeed here will get the needed points to qualify into the next Olympics,” said Ramos.

The Philippine Open, supported mainly by Bingo Bonanza, is a “Gold series” tournament which gives the highest Olympic “points,” second only to the bigger “Super Series”.

 
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