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BAM could use a quality league to raise players’ standard

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Published: 03 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: China have their own badminton league. Indonesia have also revived theirs last year. India just successfully completed their first on Saturday.

Malaysia, however, are not even thinking of having one.

It seems the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) are quite satisfied with their Maybank National Open Circuit, which only consists of two legs a year and is confined to the local players.

The BAM have already hosted the Kedah Open from May 28-June 1 and it will be followed by the Kuala Lumpur Open from Oct 2-6. The circuit’s Grand Prix Finals will be held in Putrajaya from Dec 27-30.

How is the BAM planning to reach out to the masses when their local Open tournaments are a drab affair and offer only peanuts?

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India have potential to be world beaters, says Rashid (pic)

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Published: 03 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: India, especially their men’s singles shuttlers, are set to be a threat to Malaysia if their performances in the US$1mil (RM3.2mil) Indian Badminton League (IBL) are anything to go by.

National singles chief coach Rashid Sidek made this evaluation after having coached Delhi Smashers during the 18-day IBL, which ended on Saturday.

Hyderabad Hotshots emerged as overall champions of the inaugural league. They defeated Awadhe Warriors 3-1 to pocket US$494,000 (RM1.6mil) top prize. Awadhe Warriors took home US$266,000 (RM874,000).Hyderabad Hotshots player Ajay Jayaram (second from left) and Saina Nehwal (right) kissing the trophy as they celebrate after their team won the Indian Badminton League in Mumbai on Saturday.

Rashid said that he saw improvement and progress in the Indian men’s singles shuttlers, who are under the charge of former All-England champion P. Gopichand.

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Malaysia to have RM3m badminton league

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Published: 03 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Finally, Malaysia too will have our own multi-million badminton league but it will be run by a club - the Looi Badminton Academy.

On Monday, the club’s managing director Jack Koh said that they will introduce a RM5mil Malaysia Purple League next year to provide a platform for both local and foreign players to strut their stuff to make it one of the most lucrative badminton leagues in the world.

With the endorsement and approval from Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and the blessings of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), the league is good to proceed as planned.

China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Germany and Denmark have their own leagues with India offering the biggest prize money - a total of US$1mil (RM3.2mil). These leagues are heavily supported and run by their respective national associations.

When asked about the name Purple League, Jack explained: “We wanted to name it Premier but it would be associated with football. Purple has the distinction of being highly rated among all the colours. Besides, it is also a royal colour and it will be apt with our aim of making this league a highly-rated competition.”

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Indian Badminton League, Highlights: Awadhe Warriors beat Mumbai Masters 3-2 to make final vs Hyderabad (pic)

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Published: 29 August 2013
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Awadhe Warriors entered the final of inaugural Indian Badminton League after beating Mumbai Masters 3-2 in the second semi-final at Bangalore. Catch all the highlights from the match, as they happened.
 So, the final of the Indian Badminton League will see Saina Nehwal of the Hyderabad Hotshots go head-to-head against teen sensation PV Sindhu once again. PV Sindhu's Awadhe Warriors scored an incredible 3-2 win over Mumbai Masters on Thursday in Bangalore to reach the summit clash. Catch all the highlights from the Awadhe vs Mumbai game, as they happened.
All the results of the day:


Mixed doubles: Markis Kido-Pia Bernadeth (Awadhe Warriors) beat Vladimir Ivanov-Tine Baun (Mumbai Masters) 21-19 21-15.


Men's singles: Vladimir Ivanov (Mumbai Masters) beats K Srikanth (Awadhe Warriors) 21-20 21-19.


Men's doubles: Markis Kido-Mathias Boe (Awadhe Warriors) beat Pranav Chopra/Sumeeth Reddy (Mumbai) 21-15 21-10.


Women's singles: PV Sindhu (Awadhe Warriors) beats Tine Baun (Mumbai Masters) 21-16 21-13.


Men's singles: Lee Chong Wei (Mumbai Masters) beats Gurusaidutt (Awadhe Warriors) 21-15 21-7.Awadhe Warriors entered the final of inaugural Indian Badminton League after beating Mumbai Masters 3-2 in the second semi-final at Bangalore. Catch all the highlights from the match

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Indian Badminton League, first semi-final: As it happened - Saina Nehwal, Ajay Jayaram propel Hyderabad Hotshots into final (pic)

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Published: 28 August 2013
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Hyderabad Hotshots seal their place in the final as they win the first 3 matches of the semi-final against Pune Pistons.

Hyderabad Hotshots convincingly beat  Pune Pistons 3-0 in the first semi-final of the Indian Badminton League in Hyderabad and sealed their place in the final. Catch all the highlights here:


22:57 (IST): Hyderabad seal the issue in just three games and they now await the result of the second semi-final between Awadhe Wariors and Mumbai Masters.Saina Nehwal

 

22:53 (IST): Shem/ Wah win 16-21 21-14 11-7. Hyderabad Hotshots win this semi-final match 3-0.

 

22:47 (IST): Good judgement by Wah to lead 6-4 in final game.

 

22:39 (IST): Shem/Wah win 21-14 in Game 2. Good comeback by the duo after going down in Game 1.

 

22:33 (IST): Shem/Wah enter break 2 with 14-11 lead in Game 2.

 

22:31 (IST): Cross court smash by Sanave, Pistons still trail 10-11.

 

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