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South Korea will miss Hyun-il sorely

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Published: 09 January 2009
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THE South Korean badminton team will no longer have the services of their top men’s singles shuttler Lee Hyun-il in international tournaments.

The runner-up of the Malaysian Open last year has decided to limit his participation in competitive badminton to only club-level tournaments within the country after ending his bachelorhood.

He got married after the Beijing Olympics last August where he bowed out to Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei in the semi-finals. South Korean chief coach Kim Jung-soo said that Hyun-il’s absence would be a great loss to the team.

Last year, Hyun-il won the South Korean leg of the Super Series and he played an influential role in helping his country finish as the runners-up for the first time in the Thomas Cup Finals.

“He has chosen to leave the national team after getting married. Now we have to bank on Park Sung-hwan and two other juniors (Hong Ji-hoon and Lee Cheol-ho).

 
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Gail Emms becomes Badminton England's first ambassador (pic)

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Published: 06 January 2009
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Olympic silver medallist Gail Emms has agreed to become Badminton England's first ambassador as the national governing body attempts to bolster the sport through one of its best-known faces.

Emms, 31, who retired after last year's Beijing Games, will start immediately as a mentor to promising young players at all levels of the game. Booster: Gail Emms will become Badminton England's first ambassador

 

Sickly Misbun will not be able to guide Chong Wei in Malaysian Open (pic)

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Published: 05 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Lee Chong Wei may have to make his defence of the Malaysian Open title at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil next week in the absence of his mentor and coach, Misbun Sidek.

Misbun was re-admitted to the Tawakkal Hospital here on Monday evening for suspected lung infection and he was put on drips.

Misbun, who looked very weak, said that he had not been feeling well since he returned home from pilgrimage in Mecca two weeks ago.

“I was asked to stay in hospital for observation for one night and was discharged. But I did not get well and I experienced severe pains in my body last night,” said Misbun.Feeling poorly: Chong Wei and Wong Mew Choo visiting their coach Misbun Sidek, who was admitted for lung infection yesterday.

 

Rashid To Prepare Chong Wei For Super Series

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 31 (Bernama) -- Datuk Lee Chong Wei will be trained by national singles chief coach Rashid Sidek until his mentor coach, Datuk Misbun Sidek recover from his sickness.

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said Rashid would help Chong Wei prepare for the Badminton Super Series starting Tuesday.

Ismail Sabri was speaking to reporters after visiting Misbun at the Tawakkal Hospital here Wednesday.

Misbun, who had been unwell since returning from the Haj pilgrimage on Dec 18, was readmitted to the hospital on Tuesday for suspected lung infection and he was put on drips.

Meanwhile, Chong Wei said he had no problem continuing the training session with Rashid.

"I will consult Misbun if I have any problem. But I should let him rest," he said.

Ismail was accompanied by National Sports Council director-general Datuk Zolkples Embong.
 
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Chong Wei will not allow Misbun’s illness to distract him at Malaysian Open

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Published: 05 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Coach Datuk Misbun Sidek is lying sick in bed but Lee Chong Wei will keep his mind on the job to prepare well for the defence of the Malaysian Open men’s singles title at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil next week.

Misbun was re-admitted to the Tawakkal Hospital here for lung infection on Monday and can only expect to be discharged in a few days more when he regains his strength.

Misbun has been ill since returning home from pilgrimage on Dec 19. He was admitted to hospital on the same night and went home the following day. But he was unable to be with Chong Wei for the Super Series Masters Finals in Kota Kinabalu.

“It’s unfortunate that Misbun is not able to help me prepare for the Malaysian Open. But that is not a big problem even if he is unable to be with me for the tournament as I still have the other coaches (Rashid Sidek and Tey Seu Bok) to help guide me,” said Chong Wei.

“Misbun was also not around when I was gearing up and playing in the Masters Finals. And things turned out all right.”

The 27-year-old world number one visited Misbun in hospital after training on Tuesday together with his girlfriend and fellow national team shuttler, Wong Mew Choo.

 

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