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UK Olympic Woe$: Badminton for Boxing?

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 June 2009
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Britain's Olympic athletes, already hit by cost cuts last year, could face another round if the government changes hands.

Last December, as the recession started to dent the public purse, government funds to help UK athletes train for the 2012 London Olympics were cut back. And since then other budget-concious measures have crept into Olympic planning — boxers are having to cede ground to badminton players, for instance.

There were hopes that the cost-cutting was at an end. That's because the Labor Party cannot make further changes to the budget within a four-year window, which includes the 2012 games. But that may change next year if the country's ruling Labour party, battered by recent expense scandals, loses control of the government. A caveat in the funding contract allows changes should the government change. And Conservatives are widely expected to win a general election next year.

“If there is a change in government they could re-visit the funding allocation, but apart from that it is very unlikely to change in the run up to the London Olympics,” said Caroline Hale, communications manager at UK Sport, a government organization in charge of deploying the government's funding to the games, told CNBC.com.

A spokesperson for the Conservative party told CNBC.com that they have no intention of following Labour’s lead, but political parties looking to win imminent elections have been known to shy away from unpopular policies.

“We have no plans to change the budget for the UK athletes, in fact with out National Lottery proposals it is likely that the funding for the elite athletes will actually rise,” Sue Beeby, press officer at the Conservative Party, told CNBC.com.

Still, the existing budget for the games remains a concern. The most recent cuts meant that UK Sport was still £50 million short of its original funding ambitions for 2012. And many Olympic sports that were deemed less likely to yield medals have seen their funding reduced to a “basic level” since the cuts.

Blow to Boxing

Budget concerns also threatened to deliver a blow to the Olympic boxing teams competing in the 2012 games. 

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog) plans to move the boxing matches to Wembley Arena, which could entail a 3-hour commute for the athletes, officials from the International Boxing Association told the BBC.

The matches were originally going to be held at London’s ExCel centre, but this could be taken over by badminton and rhythmic gymnastics, the BBC said.

The move is designed to save costs as the committee is looking to scrap plans for a 6,000-seat venue called the North Greenwich Arena 2, which would have held the events.

 
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Boys badminton player of the year: Terrence Pang

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 June 2009
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Combining lightning-quick foot speed with an excellent knowledge of the game, Homestead's Terrence Pang was an unstoppable force on the badminton court this year.

The Mustangs senior faced familiar foe Son Nguyen of Independence for this season's Central Coast Section badminton title.

Pang won 15-12, 15-5, prevailing over Nguyen for the second year in a row. As a result, Pang earned Mercury News Santa Clara County player of the year honors.

Last season, Nguyen beat Pang in their first meeting at CCS, before Pang put him away to win the double-elimination tournament.

"Nguyen is quick on his feet and a very good player," said Pang, who plans to play club badminton when he attends Cal this fall. "I don't know if I really took something away from the matches we played last year, but I feel like I really worked hard to improve my game, and that helped when we met again."

Pang finished third in the CCS tournament as a freshman and was runner-up as a sophomore before breaking through for his first title last season.

"I believe that the strength of my game is my overall speed," said Pang, who was 20-0 this season. "I can usually wear down my opponent until I have a chance to make a kill."

And when he has the opportunity, Pang is known for his sizzling smashes.

"Terrence has an excellent ability to read the game," Homestead Coach Gumaro Diaz said. "He is real fast on his feet and has a mind for the sport. He comes up

with shots that no one expects and is probably the most powerful hitter in high school badminton right now. His smashes are easily over 140 mph."

Diaz also praised Pang for his low-key approach.

"I tell his teammates to look at him not just for the way he plays the game, but for his focus and determination. He is humble and has respect for the game and his opponents."

 
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Chinese dominate Singapore Open finals (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 June 2009
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SINGAPORE: The Chinese have outclassed their rivals at the Aviva Open Singapore, winning three events out of five.

The mixed doubles event saw a showdown between China's players, with Zheng Bo and Ma Jin proving to be the more formidable team against Xie Zhongbo and Zhang Yawen, scoring 21-19, 18-21, 21-10. Worthy winner: Hong Kong’s Zhou Mi holding the trophy after winning the women’s singles final Sunday.

Zhang fared better in the women’s doubles. Together with Zhao Tingting, she took a straight-set victory of 21-14, 21-13 over their Indonesian opponents Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii.

It was an easy victory as well for Englishmen Anthony Clark and Nathan Robertson in the men’s doubles. They defeated their Indonesian rivals 12-21, 11-21 in under half an hour.

But it was a close fight in the women’s singles event, with Hong Kong's Zhou Mi battling China's Xie Xingfang.

 

British upset at Aviva Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 June 2009
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SINGAPORE - OLYMPIC gold medal pair Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia have been beaten by an unheralded British duo in a shock result at the men's doubles final of the $200,000 Aviva Open in Singapore.

Anthony Clark and Nathan Robertson, ranked 19th in the world, dispatched with the No. 1 ranked Indonesians in a dominant 21-12, 21-11 victory at the fifth Super Series event of the year.

'They're the best in the world on their day and to win 12 and 11 is quite incredible,' Robertson said.

The Super Series continues next week in Jakarta. Anthony Clark (left) and Nathan Robertson (centre), ranked 19th in the world, dispatched with the No. 1 ranked Indonesians in a dominant 21-12, 21-11 victory

Bao Chunlai of China won the men's singles final in a hard-fought match against Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana, 21-19, 16-21, 21-15.

Earlier in the tournament, world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei lost to Vietnamese shuttler Nguyen Tien Minh.

In the women's singles final, Hong Kong's Zhou Mi, ranked No. 2 in the world, defeated former world number one Xie Xingfang of China in a tough battle, 21-19, 18-21, 21-10.

In the women's doubles final, China's Zhao Tingting and Zhang Yawen defeated Indonesia's Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii, 21-14, 21-13.

In the mixed doubles, Zheng Bo and Ma Jin beat their Chinese counterparts Zhang and Xie Zhongbo, 19-21, 21-19, 21-11.

 
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Iskandar nails his first National Junior Circuit title (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 June 2009
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SEREMBAN: It was not the way he wanted to win but yesterday, Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin finally nailed his first title in the 100Plus National Junior Circuit Grand Finals at the NSCRC Hall here.

The 18-year-old came back from a 16-21 defeat in the first game to force compatriot Mohd Syawal Ismail to a rubber game with a 21-11 win. But the deciding game was not played because Syawal felt dizzy and conceded a walkover.Iskandar Zulkarnain

It was Iskandar’s first title in his last national Grand Finals after agonising misses in the Under-12, Under-14 and Under-16 categories.

“It was unfortunate that Syawal had to retire. I would have preferred for the match to be completed,” said Iskandar.

“But I have nothing to complain about. I have finally won my first title on the circuit. I was in the finals of all the other lower age-group categories but I never got it right.”