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Foreign players await Indian Badminton League payment (pic)

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Published: 05 December 2013
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More than three months after the completion of the Indian Badminton League, a few top players of the Pune Piston are yet to receive part of the payment promised to them. According to the IBL contract, players were to be paid in four equal installments, with the final 25 percent to be released within 15 days of the completion of the event.

A foreign player, who requested anonymity, said: "I have been sending constant reminders to the franchise owners about the pending 25 percent of my contract money. I am given a new date every time but the money has not arrived so far. There are other foreign players from my IBL team also awaiting payment." Juliane Schenk, Tan Wee Kiong, Joachim Fischer-Nielsen and Tien Minh Nyugen were the four imports for Pune Pistons

Juliane Schenk, Tan Wee Kiong, Joachim Fischer-Nielsen and Tien Minh Nyugen were the four imports for Pune Pistons, the team that reached the semi-finals of the inaugural IBL edition. While Schenk was picked up for $90,000 at the auction, the Pistons forked out $44,000 and $35,000 for Nyugen and Fischer-Nielsen respectively. Tan Wee Kiong was signed for $15,000. The auction for all players, whether Indian or from abroad, was conducted in US Dollars, with the contract stating that the IBL had capped the exchange rate at Rs 54.54 to a dollar as per the contract.

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Rituparna Das, Aditya Joshi bag junior national badminton titles (pic)

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Published: 05 December 2013
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Kolkata girl Rituparna proved too good for the defending champion to win 21-14, 21-7 to add the U-19 national title to the U-13 and U-17 national crowns she had won in the past. She completed a double crown by also bagging the girls doubles title with J. Meghana.

Rituparna Das ended G. Ruthvika Shivani's hopes of a second consecutive double crown with a straight games hammering in the U-19 girls singles final while second seed Aditya Joshi defeated Kerala's Arun George to lift the U-19 boys title at the 38th Junior National Badminton Championships on Thursday.Rituparna Das

Kolkata girl Rituparna proved too good for the defending champion to win 21-14, 21-7 to add the U-19 national title to the U-13 and U-17 national crowns she had won in the past. She completed a double crown by also bagging the girls doubles title with J. Meghana.

Rituparna never allowed her opponent to get a foot-hold in the match. She was deceptive at the net and came up with some timely drops to tackle the reach of her lanky opponent, who had earlier got the better of Maharashtra's Karishma Wadkar in the U-17 final.

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Badminton doubles pair back together again (pic)

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Published: 05 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: National shuttler Lim Khim Wah will pair up with Goh V Shem for the third time – after two break-ups over the last three years.

The move may seem questionable but reigning Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold champions Khim Wah and V Shem have decided to give their partnership another chance after a meeting with Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff on Monday. Goh V Shem (left) and Lim Khim Wah will re-united for the second time in January next year after their partnership was broken up two months ago

Khim Wah and V Shem, who went to Kelantan to meet the president, have decided to put their differences aside. The duo had, in the past, blamed each other for their losses.

Khim Wah and V Shem will play with their current partners – Ow Yao Han and Teo Kok Siang respectively – at the Myanmar SEA Games from Dec 10-14 and will re-team next year - starting with the Korean and Malaysian Opens.

BAM secretary Ng Chin Chai confirmed on Thursday that the duo would start playing as a pair once again while BAM competitions chairman Dr Koay Ban Hing confirmed that he had entered their names for the Korean Open next year.

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2013 has been my best season, says PV Sindhu (pic)

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Published: 04 December 2013
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World No.6 Saina has almost completed the season without a single title while her fellow Hyderabadi Sindhu, World No.11, became the first Indian female to win a singles medal at the World Championships and broke into the world top-10 for a brief period.

Sindhu, who was conferred with the Arjuna Award in September, also won two Grand Prix Gold titles in 2013, the latest being the Macau Open she bagged on Sunday.I don't fear anyone, says Sindhu after gold in Macau

For the 18-year-old, the season remains her "best till date". "I believe this was the best season I have had till date. I won two titles to add to the World Championship bronze," Sindhu said.

Sindhu's first Grand Prix title came in May at the Malaysia Open. She followed it up with the World Championship bronze in August in Guangzhou, China, and finished the year on a high in Macau

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No Super Series Finals for Thien How-Wee Kiong (pic)

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Published: 03 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Reigning Macau Open champions Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong did not get the lucky break they were hoping for when none of the eight qualifiers withdrew from the BWF World Super Series Finals.

On Monday, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) published the official list for the Finals, to be held at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton (KLBA) Sta­dium from Dec 11-15, and all the top eight men’s doubles shuttlers have confirmed their participation. England's mixed doubles pair Chris Adcock and Gabrielle White have qualified for the season-ending BWF World Super Series Finals in Kuala Lumpur from Dec 11-15.

They are Indonesia’s Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setia­wan; Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Ha­­yakawa and Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata; South Korea’s Lee Yong-dae-Ko Sung-hyun and Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang; China’s Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan; Denmark’s Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen; and Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong.

Thien How-Wee Kiong were in eighth position after their strong performances in the penultimate leg of the 12-leg series at the China Open last month when they reached the final.

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