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Vietnam’s top male badminton player gets first round Olympics bye (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 28 July 2008
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Vietnam’s top male badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh will be exempted from playing in the first round of the Beijing Olympics badminton competition, set to begin on August 9.

 

 

In the second round, Minh, who is ranked 24th in the world, will play against either Taiwan’s number one player Hsieh Yu Hsin, ranked 49th in the world, or Iranian Mehrabi Kaveh, ranked 91st.  Image
 

Good chance for Mew Choo to spring a surprise (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 28 July 2008
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PETALING JAYA: All three Olympic medals for Malaysia have come from the men’s badminton players, but if the draw provides any indication there is hope of woman shuttler Wong Mew Choo breaking the trend in Beijing next month.

While the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s one-medal target remains despite the relatively tough draw facing the men shuttlers, head coach Yap Kim Hock is not discounting the chances of Mew Choo springing a surprise at the Games.

“I have studied the draw and it is good that the on-form Danish player Tine Rasmussen (pic) is in the top half of the draw and it will give Mew Choo a shot at going into the medal rounds.

“Bulgarian (Petya Pedelcheva), who is ranked in the top 20 now, should be her first test in the third round but Mew Choo should be able to overcome her.Image

 

Olympic champion Hidayat recovers to defend his badminton gold

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 28 July 2008
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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -Olympic badminton champion Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia will defend his singles gold medal at next month's Beijing Games despite a recent stay in hospital with high fever, his trainer said Monday.
 

Chong Wei, Mew Choo put private affairs aside to focus on Games

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 July 2008
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By RAJES PAUL

PUCHONG: National men’s and women’s singles shuttlers Lee Chong Wei and Wong Mew Choo may be a couple or they could simply be the best of friends.

Whatever it is, they are not about to let their personal affairs get in their way of pursuing Olympic glory.

And as far as national coach Misbun Sidek is concerned, that is true professionalism.

Misbun was full of praise for Chong Wei and Mew Choo for giving undivided attention in their preparation for the next month’s Beijing Games.

“There is no indication that there is something going on between them during training. Even if there is, they are not showing it,” Misbun said after a training session at the Michael Badminton Academy (MBA) yesterday.

“Chong Wei and Mew Choo have been minding their own businesses and have been hard at work with their own programmes.

“Players must not let their personal affairs get in the way during training. When it comes to training, they must be 100 per cent focused. And that’s exactly what I am getting from both of them.”

Chong Wei and Mew Choo have separate training programmes to cater for their specific needs in the final phase of training before the team leave for Beijing on Aug 4.


 
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Misbun dancing with joy as his charges stay tuned

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 July 2008
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PUCHONG: With music blaring away, one could be forgiven for assuming that the Michael Badminton Academy (MBA) here had been turned into a discotheque yesterday morning.

A quick check, however, revealed that it was just a simulation gimmick set up by national singles coach Misbun Sidek as part of the preparation for his two singles charges – Lee Chong Wei and Wong Mew Choo – ahead of the Beijing Olympic Games.


 
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