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China's Lin Dan to return (pic)

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Published: 02 February 2010
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BEIJING - BADMINTON'S Olympic and world champion Lin 'Super' Dan will make his first appearance of the season at next month's All-England Championships.The Chinese player took a prolonged break after complaining of exhaustion and skipped this season's first two tournaments in South Korea and Malaysia.

The Chinese player took a prolonged break after complaining of exhaustion and skipped this season's first two tournaments in South Korea and Malaysia.

But the 26-year-old said he was fighting fit to try to defend the title he won last year. 'I was not physically ready for the past two international events,' Lin told the China Daily.

'I was really tired after a busy 2009. After a period of break ... I feel much better. It's the start of the year and a very important event for me.' Lin was almost unbeatable in international competitions in 2009 - playing 39 matches and losing only twice - but plans to reduce the number of tournaments he plays in this year.

'As a young player you have to play as many matches as possible in order to gain experience,' he said. 'As a veteran you should choose high-quality competition as the best way to stay healthy and remain in peak competitive form.'

 
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'Super Dan' eyes All-England title

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Published: 02 February 2010
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World and Olympic badminton champion Lin Dan is set to make his first appearance of the season at the All-England Championships in March after missing the year's first two competitions in South Korea and Malaysia.

"I was not physically ready for the past two international events," Lin told China Daily during his endorsement press conference with Gillette on Sunday.

"After a period of break and tune-up I feel much better and will definitely compete at the All-England Championships."

 

Chinese sports brand Li-Ning pumps in $8.8 million into Singapore badminton (pic)

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Published: 01 February 2010
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Singapore, February 1, 2010 – Chinese sports brand Li-Ning will be sponsoring the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) to the tune of S$8.8 million. The sponsorship is a combination of cash and value-in-kind over a four-year period from 2010 to 2013.

“Our strategic direction from 2009 and subsequent next five years, will involve overseas market development, together with our aim to become the sporting brand synonymous with Badminton,” said Ms Vivien Lim, the general manager of Li-Ning Sports Singapore Pte Ltd.The national badminton team that went to the 2009 SEA Games in Laos.

“The brand differentiation is to establish badminton as [the] benchmark sport. In addition, [the] core competencies of Li-Ning are brand building and marketing, proper product design and R&D. Now the company wants to consolidate their position … by sponsoring associations, coaches, players and organizing tournaments.”

 

Indonesian Badminton Players Make Impressive Start To Cup Build-Up (pic)

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Published: 01 February 2010
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It is still early days, but the Indonesian Badminton Association has to be pleased after its shuttlers made a strong showing in their first warm-up for the Thomas and Uber Cups. A lot will ride on the shoulders of Sony Dwi Kuncoro when he competes in the Thomas Cup Asian qualifiers later this month. 

Its call-ups did as expected at the National Championship in Surabaya, East Java, over the weekend. They swept all five titles as they began preparations for their respective qualifying tournaments in February.

However, national team head coach Christian Hadinata was not about to give his players a premature pat on the back.

 

Top seeds shine in junior badminton tournament (pic)

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Published: 01 February 2010
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The final day of the Sushant Chipalkatti All-India Junior Ranking Tournament went as expected, with all the top seeds winning the titles in their respective age groups.

In the Under-13 category, first seed Chirag Sen beat C.Rahul Yadav of Andhra Pradesh 22-20, 21-17 in the singles final. He then teamed up with his singles opponent to clinch the doubles title as well, beating second seeded-pair A S S Siril Verma and M. Kanishq of Andhra Pradesh.Sayli Rane reacts after winning the final of the U-19 Sushant Chipalkatti All India Badminton Junior Tournament on Sunday.

Arun George of Kerala accomplished a similar feat in the Under-16 age group, beating Aditya Joshi of Madhya Pradesh in the singles final, then winning the doubles title with his partner Santosh Ravuri.

 

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