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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 August 2010
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FIRED up by the crowd support and the surprise appearance of family members, Thailand's shuttlers swept both the boys and girls' badminton titles at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Thursday evening.Pisit Poodchalat, 18, dished out tigerish attacking displays to deliver an unlikely double for their country

Pisit Poodchalat and Sapsiree Taerattanachai, both 18, dished out tigerish attacking displays to deliver an unlikely double for their country. For Pisit, it was the vocal encouragement of the 4,000 fans who turned up that give him the edge over India's Haseena Sunil Prannoy in the boys' final.

'My win over the Chinese player (Huang Yuxiang) in the quarter-final gave me the confidence to win, but it was the fans that made the difference,' he said, folllowing his 21-15, 21-16 triumph.

His compatriot Sapsiree also traced her success to the support in the stands, after her 21-14, 21-17 victory over the Chinese favourite Deng Xuan.

The bronze medal for the boys' event went to South Korean Kang Ji Wook on a walkover, after his Malaysian opponent Low Wei Sheng failed to recover from a sprained ankle.

Vietnam's Vu Thi Trang won the girls' bronze when she beat Briton Sarah Milne 21-15, 22-20.

 
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Injured Wei Sheng throws in the towel in semi-finals

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 August 2010
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PETALING JAYA: It was a painful blow to shuttler Loh Wei Sheng’s hopes to guarantee a Youth Olympic Games medal for Malaysia in badminton when he limped out of the boys’ singles semi-final match against Pisit Poodchalat at the Singapore Indoor Stadium last night.

The Asian junior runner-up was forced to concede a walkover to the Thai while trailing 3-11 in the rubber game after having sprained his ankle in the second game, which he won 21-19. Wei Sheng had lost the first game 13-21.

Wei Sheng, who stepped out of court in the second game to seek treatment for the injury, had to throw in the towel when the pain became unbearable in the decider.

It remains to be seen whether Wei Sheng will be able to recover in time to play in the bronze medal playoff match against Kang Ji-wook of South Korea tonight.

Top seed and world junior runner-up Ji-wook was beaten 21-19, 17-21, 17-21 by H.S. Prannoy of India in the other semi-final.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia coordinator for the junior programme, How Kim Tho, said that it was unfortunate for Wei Sheng was not able to fight all the way for a place in the final.

 

Chong Wei urges BWF to step in after surviving two bad calls (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 July 2010
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PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has urged the World Badminton Federation (BWF) to seriously look into the quality of line judging after surviving two bad calls en route to retaining the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold men’s singles title at Stadium Bandaraya in Johor Baru yesterday.

It was the second consecutive time in a final after the Indonesian Open last week in which Chong Wei had to endure poor line calls.Smashing contest: Lee Chong Wei (right) and Wong Choong Hann posing with their prizes after their Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold men’s singles final yesterday. Chong Wei won 21-8, 14-21, 21-15.

And he hoped the BWF can introduce electronic line calling technology along with a player challenge system, which is currently used in world tennis.

Yesterday, Chong Wei dropped a game for the first time in the second-tier international tournament to get the better of compatriot and veteran Wong Choong Hann, winning 21-8, 14-21, 21-14 in a 47-minute final.

In the decider, it all looked well and fine for Chong Wei even though he faced some resistance from Choong Hann. But he almost lost his cool halfway into the game following two poor back-to-back line calls.

 

Azad rules out coercion to stabilise population (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 July 2010
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“Centre will spread awareness of the benefits of small families”

Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday ruled out any coercive policies to stabilise population and said awareness among the people of the benefits of small families was the most effective way to achieve the goal. Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad felicitating badminton star Saina Nehwal at the ‘Run for Population Stabilization’at Rajpath on World Population Day, in New Delhi on Sunday.

Speaking at a function to flag off a run to mark the World Population Day, the Minister said population stabilisation was extremely important, given that India has a share of 17 per cent of the world's population, while it has to make do with a mere 2.5 per cent of global land.

He reiterated that the Central government would try to stabilise the population by making the people aware of the benefits of small families.

“Strict implementation of the laws governing the age of marriage and delayed first child with proper spacing may help in dealing with the population problem.”

Stress on education

Mr. Azad said the craving for male child was another problem, but the spread of education, especially among girls, would help.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit highlighted the need for small families, arguing that uncontrolled population growth might slow down development given the limited resources.

She also called for empowerment of girls and women.

Led by badminton player Saina Nehwal, more than 3,000 children of Delhi schools took part in the run from Vijay Chowk to the India Gate.

 

 
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Chong Wei Stretched To The Limit By Choong Hann Before Retaining Title

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 July 2010
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Defending champion Datuk Lee Chong Wei was stretched to the limit by veteran Wong Choong Hann before retaining his Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold men's singles title in an all-Malaysian affair at the Johor Baharu Indoor Stadium here Sunday.

Chong Wei, fresh from winning the Indonesian Open, had to go the extra mile before overcoming the seasoned veteran 21-8, 14-21, 21-15 in three sets.

Choong Hann who had defeated former Olympic and world champion Taufik Hidayat in the semi final yesterday, was run over by Chong Wei in the first game but pulled up his socks in the second game to show that he was not a spent force.

In the deciding set, Chong Wei, the reigning world number one, pulled out all his tricks in the bag to dash the veteran's hopes of landing his first title of the year.

 

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