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South Korea’s absence in world juniors mixed team event lights up Malaysia (pic)

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Published: 18 September 2009
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ALOR SETAR: South Korea will not compete in the mixed team event of the Yonex-Sunrise World Junior Badminton Championships, which will be held at the Sultan Abdul Halim Indoor Stadium here from Oct 23-Nov 1.

And the news is like sweet music to Malaysia, who are set to move up to take second seeding when the draw is made later this month. The seeding means that Malaysia can only meet top seed China in the final.Fine design: Yonex Sunrise Promotions manager Alice Lee unveiling the World Junior Badminton Championships 2009 logo yesterday to Kedah Badminton Association president Teoh Teng Choe (right), BAM treasurer Datuk Lim Teong Kiat (second from right), State Youth and Sports, Arts, Heritage and Cultural Committee chairman Dr Hamdan Mohamed Khalid (second from left) and Director of Kedah Sports Council Syed Khairul Anuar Syed Abidin (left).

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) media and communications manager, S. Selvam, confirmed at the championships’ official logo launch at the Wisma Darulaman here yesterday that South Korea failed to register for the team event on time.

“We waited until last weekend to accommodate late entries for the mixed team event. But we did not hear anything from South Korea and we will have 22 countries for the event,” he said. But the door is still open for the Koreans to compete in the individual events as the closing date for entries is on Oct 9.”


China Masters help Chinese players tune up for National Games

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 September 2009
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CHANGZHOU, Jiangsu Province, Sept. 15 -- Leading a gigantic team at the China Masters badminton tournament, Chinese head coach Li Yongbo would not leave the up-coming National Games behind.

    The six-day China Masters takes place one month before the quadrennial National Games where all Chinese provinces compete in events included in the Olympic Games.

    Keeping the National Games in mind, Li fielded over 100 players from the national top string team, the reserves and the provincial teams to the badminton super series which kicks off on Tuesday in the east city of China.


Olympic medal is Gopichand’s dream (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 September 2009
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Calcutta: As a player, he won the prestigious All England Championships in 2001. He has also been awarded with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the Padma Shri and, more recently, the Dronacharya Award. But former shuttler Pullela Gopichand feels his list of achievements will be incomplete until one of his students go on to win an Olympic medal.Pullela Gopichand instructs youngsters at a badminton clinic in a city school, on Saturday.

In the city to attend badminton clinics of the East Zone chapter of his academy, Gopichand said: “Winning the All England was great and receiving the Dronacharya was also a great honour… But I’ll be happiest the day one of my students goes on to win an Olympic medal.”

The 35-year-old was also of the view that the sport was on the right track in the country. “The scenes are very encouraging in India. At present, we almost have a top-20 player in each of the categories.

“We just need to graduate to the next level, and that’s very much possible. All we need is some fine tuning and focus on fitness,” he said.

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Thai badminton looks to advance to the next level (pic)

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Published: 15 September 2009
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Prof Charoen sets sights on Olympic glory after disappointment in Beijing

When Charoen Wattanasin took over as president of the Badminton Association of Thailand, I knew there would be a dramatic change in the sport for the better.PODIUM: Boonsak Ponsana and 14-year-old Rachanok Intanon hold their silverware at the All-Thailand Championships.

Badminton in Thailand has enjoyed a long rich history and one of those who contributed to the advancement of the discipline is Prof Charoen.

My first meeting with Charoen was in the early 1970s at the Royal Bangkok Sports Club when I partnered him in a game of doubles and he told me that my badminton wasn't as good as my table tennis.

We had barely spoken to each other and that was the first time we played together.

I immediately fathomed his honesty and had tremendous respect for him and his straightforwardness.

My first impression of him was high. I said to myself that given his rich background and his contribution to the advancement of the sport as a player, he will do a lot if given the opportunity.


China Open redraw pits Chong Wei, Lin Dan in same half (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 September 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: A redraw for the men’s singles competition of the China Masters in Changzhou next week may have taken away the smile from world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei.No cheer: Lee Chong Wei is the top seed while Lin Dan is seeded fourth in the China Open.

The top seeded Malaysian now finds world champion Lin Dan of China, who is seeded fourth, in his half of the draw.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) confirmed that yesterday that they opted for a redraw following the withdrawal of world No. 20 Wacha Przemyslaw of Poland.




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