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Blame it on the format, says Korean manager (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 13 May 2008
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SOUTH Korea made a total mockery of the Badminton World Federation's (BWF) competition format for the Thomas Cup Finals by openly declaring that their best path to the final is by losing all their group matches.

The new format, allowing all 16 teams to move into the knockout phase, was introduced at the 2004 Finals, also in Jakarta.

Yesterday morning, the Koreans fielded their singles players in the doubles and their doubles specialists in the singles to lose 1-4 to England in their opening Group B tie.

Immediately after the defeat, team manager Kim Jong-soo admitted that they had also plotted to throw away their final group tie against Malaysia last night. The Koreans also lost 1-4.

The reason: South Korea wanted to finish bottom of the three-team group to go into the same quarter of the knockout draw with Denmark.

 

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The Korean team manager Kim Jong-soo admitted that the team had deliberately lost to England and Malaysia to increase their chances of reaching the final.

 

Under-fire Korea storm into badminton Thomas Cup quarters

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 13 May 2008
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JAKARTA (AFP) — South Korea fielded its strongest side to whip minnows Canada and storm into the Thomas Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday, a day after throwing its group games to win a more favourable draw.
 

Badminton stars share relay glory (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 28 April 2008
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JAKARTA: Thousands of people, including students and Chinese expatriates, on Tuesday joined a parade on the streets heading to a stadium where the Olympic torch relay was held, chanting support for Beijing's hosting of the 2008 Games.
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Indonesian badminton player and Olympic gold medallist Alan Budi Kusuma runs with the Olympic torch during the Beijing Olympic torch relay in Jakarta April 22, 2008.
 
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First the Sideks, Hashims and now it’s the Latifs (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 28 April 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR: It used to be the Sidek and Hashim brothers. Now, it’s the turn of the Abdul Latif brothers — Mohd Arif and Mohd Zakry.

Yesterday, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) took a big chance by naming Arif as the fourth men’s singles player in the Thomas Cup squad.

The debutant will join the country’s top three players – Lee Chong Wei, Wong Choong Hann and Mohd Hafiz Hashim – for the Finals, which will be held in Jakarta from May 11-18.

The inclusion of Arif’s elder brother, Zakry, is not a surprise though it will still be his first Thomas Cup Finals appearance with Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari in the men’s doubles.

They will join the country’s top two pairs – Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah and Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong.

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All in the family: Mohd Arif Abdul Latif will be joining brother Mohd Zakry (inset) in the Malaysian team for the Thomas Cup Finals in Jakarta next month.

 

 
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BAM take a gamble

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 28 April 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have taken a big gamble in naming a youngster as the reserve for the Thomas Cup Finals, which will be held in Jakarta from May 11-18 in Jakarta.

 

 
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