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Published: 20 August 2013
Written by Hits: 786

I REFER to "Down but not out" (Off the Cuff, Aug 20), commenting on the poor state of our badminton and the recent defeat of Datuk Lee Chong Wei.

The comments are fair, constructive and analytical. The reasons for our defeats are often based on lame excuses by officials such as the lack of air – as the major factor. It further implies that Lin Dan had been training without air-conditioning.

Chong Wei's greatest asset is his powerful smash, especially his cross-court smash. If his opponent does not study his game he will invariably fall prey to it. I believe that Lin Dan had been studying Chong Wei's game in great detail and has strategised a solution to counter this.

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Taufik Hidayat says Indian Badminton League auction was not fair (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 20 August 2013
Written by Hits: 901

Hidayat was bought for USD 15,000 by Hyderabad Hotshots, the team that Saina Nehwal also represents in the Indian Badminton League.

Former Olympic and World champion Taufik Hidayat is the latest to criticise the auction process of the inaugural Indian Badminton League (IBL) and felt the foreign players were not treated in a fair manner as compared to their Indian counterparts.

Hidayat was bought for a meagre USD 15,000 (same base price) by Hyderabad Hotshots. However, his less experienced teammates -- Pradnya Gadre (USD 46,000, base price - USD 10,000), Tarun Kona (USD 28,000, base price - USD 15,000) and Ajay Jayaram (USD 25,000, same base price) -- were sold for higher amounts.Taufik Hidayat

"I felt bad when for the first time I saw on TV how much a player was bought for. I felt the IBL didn't treat the foreign players in the right manner. The price slab that was set was nonsense. Most of the foreign players were sold for their base price while the Indain players were bought for much higher prices," Hidayat told reporters last night.

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Badminton's 'Super Dan' takes swipe at world body (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 20 August 2013
Written by Hits: 881

HONG KONG — Chinese superstar Lin Dan took a swipe at badminton's global governing body after his record fifth world title win was hit by controversy, just a year after a scandal at the London Olympics.

In a rare interview, "Super Dan" questioned whether the Badminton World Federation (BWF) understood players' needs after the body investigated the apparent failure of the air-conditioning during his victory over world number one Lee Chong Wei.

And the 29-year-old great also took aim at the BWF over last year's embarrassing episode at the Olympics, when eight players, including two from China, were disqualified for deliberately trying to lose matches.China's Lin Dan kisses his wife Xie Xingfang after winning his men's singles final on August 11, 2013

Witnesses at this month's men's world final in Guangzhou, southern China, said the stadium air-conditioning, which had been affecting players at one end of the court, went off at the start of the second game, when Lin switched to the breezy side.

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Malaysia cuts down team for Japan Open

Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 August 2013
Written by Hits: 611

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia are set to send their smallest team for this year’s Japan Open from Sept 17-22 following a directive to all coaches to put on hold some of their immediate plans.

Only World No. 1 men’s singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei and top mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying are expected to make the flight to Tokyo while the bulk of the team are expected to be withdrawn from the Super Series event.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have registered Liew Daren, Chong Wei Feng, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem, Hoon Thien How and Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei for the Japan Open.

In the men’s doubles, Kien Keat-Boon Heong and Thien How-Wee Kiong are seeded third and eighth respectively.

The names of the players were entered before the recent World Championships in Guangzhou and the BAM have until Sept 1 to withdraw their players to avoid being penalised by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

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Chong Wei joins Indian league (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 August 2013
Written by Hits: 591

KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has decided to play in the US$1mil (RM3.29mil) Indian Badminton League (IBL) after all. 

The Malaysian, who lost to Lin Dan of China in the final of the World Championships last week, left for New Delhi on Sunday. He will open play for Mumbai Masters Tuesday. Lee Chong Wei will open play for Mumbai Masters in the Indian Badminton League. The club is paying him a fee of RM440,000

Chong Wei is the highest paid player in the league with the club securing his services for a fee of US$135,000 (RM440,000). 

National singles chief coach Rashid Sidek said the league would present a fresh challenge for Chong Wei. 

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