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Young shuttlers battle for glory in Penang (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 February 2010
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GEORGE TOWN: A total of 270 young shuttlers will battle it out for supremacy in the opening leg of the 100PLUS National Junior Badminton Circuit Zone A competition at the PBA Hall in Bukit Dumbar here today.

The Penang BA (PBA), who last hosted the tournament in 2005, have divided the boys and girls into four categories – Under-12, Under-14, Under-16 and Under-18.Kuala Lumpur’s Ho Yen Mei

PBA secretary Tony Tan Gim Hin said the four-day competition would involve youngsters from six states – Penang, Perlis, Kedah, Perak, Kelantan and Kuala Lumpur.

“Many of the players are un­­known quantities. But with talent scouts sure to be present at the tournament, the shuttlers will definitely be giving their best so that they can be recruited into the sports schools,” he said.

“As such, we can expect an exciting tournament.”

 
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Viet Nam beat Singapore at Thomas Cup (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 February 2010
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HA NOI - Viet Nam defeated Singapore 3-2 in the first round of the Thomas Cup Preliminary Asia Zone yesterday, a badminton men's team tournament in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.Bird man: Top player Nguyen Tien Minh and his teammates helped Viet Nam defeat Singapore 3-2 in the first round of the Thomas Cup Preliminary Asia Zone yesterday, a badminton men's team tournament in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

With the presence of the world No 8, Nguyen Tien Minh, Viet Nam were favourites going in to the tie.

Minh needed only half of an hour to beat Wong Ziliang Derek 21-13, 21-19 to pocket the first win for Viet Nam.
Singapore nearly drew level in the second match when Chen Yongzhao Ashton won the first set 21-17 against Nguyen Hoang Nam.

 
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Indonesia’s Top Men's Badminton Duo Blazes New Trail as Professional Pair (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 February 2010
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Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan open a new chapter in their careers this year as Indonesia’s best men’s doubles pair begins playing as professionals.
Markis Kido, left, and Hendra Setiawan secured a new sponsorship deal in their first act as professional shuttlers.
The duo, ranked third in the world, officially secured its release from the national team last week. The Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) issue a letter of release, breaking ties with the pair which had been in the national team since 2001.

Markis and Hendra’s first act as professionals was to secure a sponsor to fund their ability to play in international tournaments. Both were sponsored by apparel company Yonex during their time with the national team, but that deal ended once they left the camp.

 

Li-Ning readies grand opening

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 February 2010
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Li-Ning will open the doors tonight to its first North American retail store.

The Pearl District store at 910 N.W. Hoyt St. marks the Chinese athletic footwear and apparel company’s maiden voyage into the U.S. retail market. The store will feature the four core product categories it intends to market to U.S. consumers: badminton, lifestyle, table tennis and basketball products endorsed by Los Angeles Clippers star Baron Davis.

The store will be open to the public for only an hour starting at 5:30 p.m., when customers can buy one of 50 pairs of exclusive Baron Davis Boom shoes and receive a vinyl toy autographed by Davis.

That will be followed by an invite-only event from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m featuring an appearance by Davis.

Earlier this month, Li-Ning launched its first U.S. retail Web site with with a limited offering focused on basketball, kung-fu, table tennis and badminton products, all of which are available at www.li-ningusa.com.

 
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Jakarta Teens Chase Badminton Dreams (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 February 2010
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Lya Ersalita sits on the floor catching her breath in the corner of the badminton hall at the Rudy Hartono training center at the Ragunan sports complex in South Jakarta. The white T-shirt that wraps her small frame is soaked through with sweat after an energetic set.

The 13-year-old has been practicing since she was 5, her fondness for the sport Shinta waiting for training to begin.growing as she watched other people play. Her idol is Mia Audina, an Olympic silver medalist for Indonesia in 1996 who then went on to represent the Netherlands after she married a Dutch national and moved there.

“I love Mia. She has excellent technique. She is just so great,” Lya said. “I want to be like her.”

 
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