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Painful reminder for Khe Wei (pic)

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Published: 30 July 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: A painful lesson four years ago will be a good reminder for shuttler Woon Khe Wei to play with courage in her second World Championships in Guangzhou, China, from Aug 5-11.

This time, the 24-year-old Khe Wei will be playing with Vivian Hoo in the women’s doubles.
In her debut at the 2009 world meet in Hyderabad, she competed in the mixed doubles with Mohd Razif Abdul Latif but suffered a disastrous first round loss to Ukraine’s Valerij Atrasjtjenkov-Elena Prus.Woon Khe Wei (left) suffered a painful lesson in 2009 world meet.

Then, she suffered stage fright and allowed her Ukrainian opponents to intimidate her.

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You don't teach Lee Chong Wei how to smash, says Aparna Popat (pic)

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Published: 30 July 2013
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Olympian shuttler and national champion for many years during her prime, Aparna Popat is back in business as the coach of Mumbai Masters in IBL. In an exclusive chat to G Krishnan, the 35-year-old can't hide her excitement about being back in business and working with the likes of world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and reigning All England champion, the retired Tine Baun of Denmark. Excerpts:

It must be a comeback of sorts for you in badminton, isn't it?Indian Badminton League (IBL) will benefit Indian players: Aparna Popat
In a way, it is. I have doing commentary and writing on the sport but this was something I was keen on doing, and IBL is a great platform for me. After being a player representing India for many years, it is interesting to be back in the badminton field. This is something that is really exciting for me. I'm glad to have got the opportunity to be part of the Mumbai Masters team. I am really excited to be involved. Once I am near the court or the badminton fraternity, it is a different high I experience. I've been in touch with the game as I work for Indian Oil, handling sports for them. I have been following the game closely, though I've not been coaching. I've been in tune with what's happening.

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Vietnam badminton player inks record deal with Indian club (pic)

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Published: 30 July 2013
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Pune Vijetas has offered Vietnam’s best badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh US$44,000 contract to play in the Indian Badminton League (IBL) from August 14-31.

It is the most money a foreign badminton club has ever offered a Vietnamese player.

The base price at the auction in New Delhi on Monday was $25,000 for male players ranked 6th-12th. Pune Vijetas won in the bidding for 7th-ranked Minh amid fierce competition from other clubs.Vietnam's best babminton player Nguyen Tien Minh

Ho Chi Minh City’s Badminton Federation Vice Chairwoman Huynh Ngoc Lien said, “Tien Minh is completing the final stage of the procedures by signing a contract with the club.

“He will get half of the amount after signing the contract and the other half when the [tournament] ends,” said Huynh Ngoc Lien, vice Chairwoman of the Ho Chi Minh City Badminton Federation.

“Pune Vijetas will also pay for other expenses of travel and accommodation for Minh at the tournament,” she added.

In addition to the cash from at IBL, Minh will still receive his VND50 million per month salary from local sponsor Becamex IDC. Early this month, Tien Minh also signed a three-year deal with Kawasaki that will pay him no less than $3,000 a month, plus cover his expenses at 10 international competitions per year.

Speaking to Thanh Nien, Minh, 30, said he was very gratified to have his talent recognized by the world of badminton.


Indian Badminton League: Hyderabad, Mumbai splurge on Saina, Lee Chong Wei (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 July 2013
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New Delhi: Star players Saina Nehwal and Lee Chong Wei fetched whopping prices of USD 120,000 and USD 135,000 respectively, while unheralded Pradnya Gadre and K Maneesha received unexpected high bids in the players’ auction of the USD one million Indian Badminton League here today.

The London Olympic bronze medallist Saina was bought by Hyderabad Hotshots for approximately Rs 71,27,796 after beating the bids of Lucknow Warriors and Pune Pistons in the much-awaited auction where over 150 players went under the hammer for 66 slots to fill six teams. Each team will have six Indians, four foreigners and one Indian junior player each.Malaysian World No 1 player, Lee Chong Wei was bought by Mumbai Masters, the franchise that is owned by former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar and Telugu actor Nagarjuna for USD135000.

World number one Lee Chong Wei, however, bagged the costliest deal when he was bought by Mumbai Masters for approximately Rs 8,019,032. The Mumbai franchise beat the bids of Banga Beats and Krrish Delhi Smashers.

Saina, one of the six icon players with base price of USD 50,000 (Rs 29,86,264), had stated that she would prefer to be either in Hyderabad or Lucknow team with a slight tilt towards her hometown.

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New chief must act without fear or favour Read more: New chief must act without fear or favour

Category: Badminton News
Published: 29 July 2013
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TENGKU Mahaleel Tengku Ariff will bring a breath of fresh air to the badminton fraternity but it is equally important that the new BA of Malaysia (BAM) president makes drastic changes that the sport badly needs.

As always, there will be scepticism as Tengku Mahaleel is seen as a newcomer to the badminton scene, coming into the sport as the Kelantan BA president less than three years ago, but there is a clear reason for him taking up the challenge.

Tengku Mahaleel had a successful stint as the chief executive officer (CEO) of Proton Holdings from 1996 to 2005 and was named the CEO of the Year in 1999. He also helmed a number of well known companies as a corporate leader for over 40 years.

Known for his outspoken nature, bold decision-making and hands-on approach in the corporate world, he has all the ingredients needed for guiding BAM.

However, these changes will only be possible if Tengku Mahaleel is given a free hand but already the affiliates have created a tricky situation in naming his predecessor Datuk Seri Nadzmi Salleh as BAM honorary president.

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