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The Indian Badminton League Finals: One unforgettable evening (pic)

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Published: 03 September 2013
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The IBL finals which saw Hyderabad Hotshots face off against the Awadhe Warriors boasted a tough game all around with an overall score of 3-1 with the Hyderabad Hotshots taking home the gold.

After a month of electrifying badminton matches, the inaugural edition of the Indian Badminton League came to an end at the Sardar Indian Badminton League Champion - Hyderabad Hotshots Ajay Jayaram and Saina NehwalVallabhai Patel Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday. And what an evening it was! Days after the league table kept getting smaller with some surprising knockouts and some predictable ones, Hyderabad Hotshots and Awadhe Warriors were the two teams that made it to the finals.

The NSCI stadium, located opposite the Haji Ali sea face, looked brilliant, lit up with bright lights, fantastic sound and decorative flags all over. The games were well organised, unlike most sporting events -- there were ushers and security guards helping those who couldn't find their way.

 

Badminton players fail in attempt to break world record in Epsom (pic)

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Published: 03 September 2013
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Badminton players failed in an ambitious bid to break the world record on Saturday.

Not enough people turned up to Ebbisham Sports Club in Epsom to break the record for the longest rally, which required at least 120 players.

But badminton club chairman Oliver Creasey said they did get a rally of 62 people, aged 6 to 77. Tilly Ip takes part in a 24-hour badminton marathon

He said junior players at the Ebbisham Performance Centre also completed a 24-hour marathon.

He said: "There were junior members playing on court at all times from Friday 6pm to Saturday 6pm. "We have raised over £1,000 through sponsorship of this event and selling raffle tickets on the day."

The event raised money for the performance centre and MERU, a charity which provides equipment for disabled children.

 
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Chong Wei hopes to make amends (pic)

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Published: 03 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is wasting no time switching his attention from the Indian Badminton League (IBL) to defending his title at the Japan Open from Sept 17-22.

While many would have taken a short break after 18 days of playing badminton in six Indian cities, the dedicated Chong Wei showed up for training at the Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara Monday.

“The IBL was a good experience for me and several other Malaysians. It was competitive but fun. The participation of eight Malaysian players also showed that we are marketable outside the country,” he said. Lee Chong Wei: 'Now, my focus is on the Japan Open. There are only a few of us going for this Super Series and I hope to produce good results for the country.'

Besides Chong Wei, who was the highest paid player in the league at a price of US$135,000 (RM444,000), the other Malaysians were Chong Wei Feng, Liew Daren, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong.

“Now, my focus is on the Japan Open. There are only a few of us going for this Super Series and I hope to produce good results for the country,” he added.

 

BWF to look into clashing dates of Super Series, SEA Games

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Published: 03 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Badminton World Federation (BWF)’s chief operating officer (COO) Thomas Lund says that he will look into the clash of dates between BWF’s World Super Series Finals in Kuala Lumpur and the badminton competition at the SEA Games in Myanmar.

“I am not aware of it and so, I will not be able to comment. No one has highlighted this to me. I am not in Kuala Lumpur right now and I will look into it when I get back,” said Lund when contacted Monday.

The Finals are from Dec 11-15 while the badminton competition during the SEA Games is scheduled for Dec 9-14.

Host Malaysia have received an official letter from Indonesia asking for a postponement of the Finals. However, BAM’s general manager Kenny Goh has said that they could not change the dates of the Finals as it was under the jurisdiction of the world body.

Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand are affected by the overlapping of both the world and regional competitions. Indonesia currently have 10 players in the running for the Finals while Malaysia have two.

 
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BAM could use a quality league to raise players’ standard

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Published: 03 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: China have their own badminton league. Indonesia have also revived theirs last year. India just successfully completed their first on Saturday.

Malaysia, however, are not even thinking of having one.

It seems the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) are quite satisfied with their Maybank National Open Circuit, which only consists of two legs a year and is confined to the local players.

The BAM have already hosted the Kedah Open from May 28-June 1 and it will be followed by the Kuala Lumpur Open from Oct 2-6. The circuit’s Grand Prix Finals will be held in Putrajaya from Dec 27-30.

How is the BAM planning to reach out to the masses when their local Open tournaments are a drab affair and offer only peanuts?

 

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