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Hafiz’s baby girl inspires him to try and salvage his career (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Singles shuttler Mohd Hafiz Hashim has given himself one more year to try and salvage his badminton career.

And, this time, the person behind his comeback is his new-born baby girl.

Hafiz resumed training a week ago and will compete in the back-to-back Malaysian and Korean Opens.

The Malaysian Open, which serves as the season opener of the Super Series, will begin on Wednesday at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil and it will be followed with the Open in Seoul.

Hafiz had been busy since the birth of Hanna Sofileah in November — keeping late nights with his wife Nadzatul Shima Mohd Nazari to take care of their baby girl.My inspiration: Mohd Hafiz Hashim with his baby girl, Hanna Sofileah, and wife, Nadzatul Shima Mohd Nazari, at their home in Kota Damansara Saturday.

 

PHILIPPINE Badminton body hires Indonesian coach

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Published: 05 January 2009
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PHILIPPINE badminton will undergo yet another facelift this year.

Despite the on-going leadership dispute, the Philippine Badminton Association is holding try-outs for the national training pool and has also tapped the services of an Indonesian coach to spearhead the team’s rebuilding.

 

Sihasale making badminton flick (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 January 2009
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JAKARTA: Inspired by badminton champion Liem Swie King, actor and film producer Ari Sihasale plans to launch his third children’s film — about badminton — in June.

“It’s badminton players who make this country become known to the world but they are usually forgotten. They are treated like a king or queen only at the moment they win, but after that nobody really cares about them,” Ari told The Jakarta Post.JP/R. Bertho Wedhatama

 

All-Klang Valley final in mixed team tournament

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 December 2008
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PETALING JAYA: It will be an all-Klang Valley final in the 100Plus National Junior inter-state mixed team badminton championships.

Defending champions Kuala Lumpur advanced beating Kedah 6-3 in the semi-finals at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara yesterday. And Selangor qualified with a 6-5 win over Johor.

While it was smooth sailing for KL against Kedah, Selangor were made to slog by surprise package Johor before clinching their winning point through the mixed doubles pair of Muhd Syawal Ismail-Yap Harn Xin, who beat Zairul Anuar-Nurul Intan Jaffar 21-12, 21-11.

It was heartbreak for Johor, who had upset last year’s runners-up and second seeds Penang in their opening Group B match before beating Sabah 8-3 for a place in the semi-finals.

 
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Danmark make a clean sweep in Copenhagen Masters

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Published: 30 December 2008
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PETALING JAYA: It was a grand night for hosts Denmark in the Copenhagen Masters at Falconer Centre on Monday. They made a clean sweep of all three titles at stake.

And it was Tine Rasmussen, who made it happen for the Danes.

She dashed Xu Huaiwen’s hopes of retaining the title, winning the women’s singles final match 21-18, 21-17.

Last year, the German beat Hong Kong’s Zhou Mi to claim the title.

Kenneth Jonassen played in his last international competition but there was no happy ending for him. He was beaten 14-21, 15-21 by compatriot Peter-Gade Christensen in the men’s singles final.

The men’s doubles title went to the 2003 world champions Lars Paaske-Jonas Rasmussen, who came from behind to beat Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen 14-21, 21-13, 21-19.

 
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