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Poul-Erik Hoyer becomes IOC member (pic)

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Published: 06 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: Badminton is set to be an Olympic sport for a long time.

On Friday, the sport received a huge boost when Badminton World Federation (BWF) president Poul-Erik Hoyer was elected as the newest member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).Poul-Erik Hoyer was the sole nominee for membership at the 126th session of the IOC, which was held on the eve of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

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National Badminton: Sarah Walker wary of being 'target' (pic)

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Published: 05 February 2014
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 Defending singles champion Sarah Walker feels her England team-mates will target her at the National Badminton Championships this weekend.

Walker, 24, is the highest ranking female English player in the world at 72nd, and will be the top seed at the women's tournament in Milton Keynes.The main training centre is in Milton Keynes so a lot of us train together

"Anyone who wins the nationals is there to be shot down," she told BBC Essex.

"I'm playing quite well at the minute but nationals are always a tough one mentally, for everyone I think."

She added: "You're kind of turning against your teammates and playing against everyone that you train with.

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Pei Jing to focus on partnership with Peng Soon for now (pic)

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Published: 04 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: It does not matter whether it is a short or long term stint. Mixed doubles shuttler Lai Pei Jing is determined to cherish her new partnership with Chan Peng Soon for as long as it lasts.

The 21-year-old Pei Jing is pairing up with Peng Soon because the latter’s usual partner Goh Liu Ying had decided to go for a knee surgery. Liu Ying was expected to be out of action for at least six months.Lai Pei Jing will play in three tournaments in Europe with Chan Peng Soon over the next few months.

Pei Jing and Peng Soon have been named for three tournaments in Europe - the Austrian Open from Feb 19-22, German Open from Feb 25-March 2, and the All-England from March 4-9.

This week, however, Liu Ying had a change of heart, deciding to postpone her plan to go under the knife. She  intends to hang on until the badminton competition at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland from July 21-Aug 4.

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Singapore Open brought forward to April

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Published: 04 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Singapore Open has been brought forward due to a hectic season in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) calendar this year.

Instead of June, the fifth leg of the Superseries will be held from April 8-13 and it will coincide with the World Junior Championships, which will be hosted in Alor Setar from April 7-18. 

The Singapore dates had to be moved because some of the players will be involved in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow from July 21-Aug 4 and it will be followed by the World Championships from Aug 25-31.

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More misery for Kien Keat-Boon Heong (pic)

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Published: 04 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: Have national men’s doubles shuttler Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong lost their motivation to play?

All indicators point that way if their string of misfortunes are anything to go by.

On Thursday, Kien Keat suffered another blow in his bid to revive his flagging career. He had to request for time off from the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) after the recurrence of an eye infection.Kien Keat now requires a laser surgery for his eye infection.

It now requires immediate laser treatment, which he hopes to get done on Monday.

This means, Kien Keat will miss a scheduled physical test, which is being planned by the National Sports Institute (NSI) next week.

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