Latest Badminton News and Articles

A Missed Opportunity With Iran

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 February 2009
Written by BadmintonPlanet.com Hits: 846
It's been 30 years since the U.S. and Iran have enjoyed full diplomatic relations. Formal diplomatic ties between the 2 countries were broken after a radical student group took over the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979 and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.

But President Barack Obama has said it is time for the United States to engage more actively with Iran and with the Iranian people. One way to help thaw relations is through people-to-people exchanges.  That is why the U.S. State Department was happy when the Iranian Badminton Association asked the USA Women's Badminton team to come to Iran to compete in the Fajr international tournament in Tehran this month.
 

National squad ready to face the world

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 February 2009
Written by BadmintonPlanet.com Hits: 885

Three-day camp helps boost confidence

KUALA LUMPUR: Some were in tears. A few vomited. And there was pain and humiliation for some too.

But, at the end of the three-day motivation and training camp in Kuching on Sunday, national badminton chief coach Rexy Mainaky only has renewed respect for his doubles players.

For Rexy, the camp for the 16 men’s and women’s doubles player was a success.

He felt that the players had come out of it with more confidence and showed strong character in enduring hardship.

And that, he said, would take the players far as they try to establish themselves as reliable players for the country this year.

All his four elite players — Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif — received the thumbs-up sign yesterday.

Rexy said Boon Heong had finally come out of his cocoon.

“He has been in the shadows of Koo. This time, he took the lead. He showed positive traits in his attitude,” said Rexy.

“In team activities, he would always choose Koo as his partner. He showed that he has complete trust and faith in Koo. And that is good for their partnership.

“Koo was the captain. He showed great confidence and did his best to lead the group. He joked and said that he understood the job of a coach better.

“There was so much of improvement in Zakry and Fairuzizuan too. Zakry showed that he had the self-belief that anything was possible while Fairuz gave total focus.”

Rexy highlighted a few activities planned by National Sports Institute (NSI) psychologist Frederick Tan that tested the true characters of the players.

“On the day they arrived, all the players had their faces painted in black. Then, they were sent to have meals at a shopping mall. ItRexy Mainaky was quite embarrassing but the players went through it,” said Rexy.

“Fred placed several packets of RM1.50 in several rubbish bins at the mall.

 

England seek Euro badminton title

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 February 2009
Written by BadmintonPlanet.com Hits: 966

England will give experience to younger players, and aim to go one better and win badminton's European Team Championship in Liverpool this week.

The tournament brings Great Britain's stars together on home soil at the start of the 2012 Olympic cycle.

The new pairing of Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork, 22, are set to feature at some point in the group stages.

"We've only just started out so we've got a lot to learn together on court," Robertson told the BBC.

We've only just started out so we've got a lot to learn together on court
Nathan Robertson on his new partnership with Jenny Wallwork

Current European mixed doubles champions Donna Kellogg and Anthony Clark spearhead the team, whose first match is against the Czech Republic on Tuesday.

National champion Rajiv Ouseph, 22, will take the men's singles spot in the first match.

Nineteen-year-old Chris Adcock joins veteran Robert Blair in the men's doubles, and Wallwork teams up with Leeds club-mate Gabby White, 18, in the women's doubles.

 

Age Won't Stop Chong Wei From Eyeing Olympic Gold

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 February 2009
Written by BadmintonPlanet.com Hits: 846
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 7 (Bernama) -- Though World number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei would be 30 and at the twilight of his career, he hopes to go out with a bang by winning the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

Chong Wei who will be 30 when the London Olympics comes around, told reporters that though he would be busy playing a number of tournaments throughout the years to come, his preparations would remain focused on the London Olympics.

"From now to 2012, there could be better players coming through the mill but to me such competition will be good," he told reporters here today after receiving an award from the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM), in recognition of his silver medal feat at the Beijing Olympics, last year.
 

Mixed doubles on BAM's mind (pic)

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 February 2009
Written by BadmintonPlanet.com Hits: 992

THE BA of Malaysia (BAM) has not been giving much emphasis on the mixed doubles but the event is now being viewed seriously as a possible medal-winning event for the 2012 London Olympics.

This is the reason why BAM didn't rush into naming the potential medallists to the Sports Ministry steering committee for the 2012 London Olympics and will only do so later next year.
NADZMI SALLEH
The mixed doubles squad was formed in 2007 by Rexy Mainaky and slow progress has prompted a reshuffle recently.

So far, Koo Kien Keat-Ng Hui Lin has been producing decent results and the new pairings such as Fairuzizuan Tazari-Wong Pei Tty, Razif Latif-Woon Khe Wei and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying are likely to be involved in a qualification battle for the London Games.
 

Facebook

Twitter

Google Plus

Replays: Superseries Finals 2014

2014 Dubai Superseries Finals Badminton Videos

Watch Replays

Related Badminton News

  • Recent News
  • Popular
Chen Long, K. Srikanth book Dubai semi-final berths

Dubai: World number two Chen Long, fought back from a set do

Saina Nehwal continues to thrive on Day 2 Dubai Superseries Finals

Dubai: World number four Saina Nehwal of India who got the b

Support Lee Chong Wei

Lee Chong Wei is one of the greatest badminton players to ev

Video: Badminton is the most "dangerous" sport on earth

Hanoi: Thanks to the quick work of a match referee, no-one w

Carolina Marin Receives Sport Merit Royal Order

Madrid: The winner of 2014 BWF Badminton World Championships

The love story of Derek Wong and Vanessa Neo

By Cheryl Tay The love story of Singapore badminton players