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Going BCCI way? Media gag on Indian Badminton League contracted players, officials

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Published: 01 August 2013
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Controversy erupted after Jwala Gutta and her former doubles partner Ashwini Ponnappa, bronze medalists in the 2011 World Championship and title winners in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, lashed out at the Indian Badminton League after their base price was slashed to half just before the start of the auction.

Stung by the stringent criticism from some shuttlers over the way player auctions for the upcoming Indian Badminton League were conducted recently, the Badminton Association of India and the league's organisers have barred players from talking to the media.

"It has been decided that only BAI president (Akhilesh Das Gupta) and Ashish Chada (CEO of the league's commercial partner Sporty Solutionz) will issue statements. Clauses have been inserted into the contracts for officials and players," a top source told PTI on Wednesday.

Controversy erupted after Jwala Gutta and her former doubles partner Ashwini Ponnappa, bronze medalists in the 2011 World Championship and title winners in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, lashed out at the IBL after their base price was slashed to half just before the start of the auction.

 

India to field strongest contingent at badminton worlds

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Published: 01 August 2013
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Led by London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, India will be fielding its strongest ever squad at the 2013 BWF World Championship to be played in Gungzhou, China from August 5-11.

India will be fielding its strongest ever squad at the World Badminton Championships in Guangzhou Aug 5-11 with an aim to bring home at least one medal.

Women’s doubles combination of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa had ended India’s 28-year-old medal drought at the world meet by winning the bronze in 2011. They will not be seen in action as a pair in China, all eyes will be on World No.3 Saina Nehwal to record her maiden podium finish in the championships.

“Saina is obviously our best bet at the World Championship. This will be the first time that India would have two representatives in each of the five categories and that is proof of how well our players are performing at the international circuit," said Badminton Association of India (BAI) president Akhilesh Das Gupta.

 

Arif seeking greater heights after sponsorship deal with Fleet (pic)

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Published: 31 July 2013
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 KUALA LUMPUR: Independent men’s singles shuttler Mohd Arif Abdul Latif signed a sponsorship deal with badminton equipment company Fleet yesterday and is ready to show the world that he can be fleet of foot as well.

 
The world No. 32 and country’s fourth ranked shuttler, who left the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) last month in a bid to rejuvenate his flagging career, said the sponsorship deal has motivated him to qualify for his first World Championships after missing this year’s by the skin of his teeth. 
 
The 23-year-old Arif is ranked behind Lee Chong Wei, Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren. Mohd Arif Abdul Latif (left) during the sponsorship signing ceremony with badminton equipment company Fleet on Wednesday.
 
He’s also the first reserve for the world meet in Guangzhou from Aug 5-11. But luck is not on his side as no player has withdrawn.
 
“This is a fresh start for me. There was intense pressure on me in the national team (under BAM) and I could not perform. Now, I’m highly motivated to achieve several firsts in my career,” Arif said after inking the sponsorship deal with Fleet yesterday. 
 

Don't give up on Koo-Tan, says Wan Wah (pic)

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Published: 31 July 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Many have ruled out Malaysia’s chances of glory in the men’s doubles event at the World Championships, which will be held in Guangzhou from Aug 5-11.
 
But former ace Lee Wan Wah begs to differ.
 
The Malaysian men’s doubles pairs are not really red-hot favourites but they have, he said, come close four times in the last 26 years of the world meet.Koo Kien Keat (right) and Tan Boon Heong have an equal chance of winning the world title.
 
And that’s why he feels there is a chance, however slim, that one of these four pairs – Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif – could end Malaysia’s wait for the elusive world title at the 20th edition in Guangzhou. 
 
Kien Keat-Boon Heong are one of the four Malaysian pairs to have reached the final in the world meet. They made it to the final in 2010 but let victory slip through their hands when Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng of China came from behind to seal the title in Paris. 
 

Wan Wah ready to offer his services to BAM

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Published: 31 July 2013
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 KUALA LUMPUR: Another former international – Lee Wan Wah – is ready to do his bit to support the efforts of new Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff to revive the national body. 

 
Wan Wah, who briefly held the world No. 1 ranking with Choong Tan Fook in 2004, said yesterday that former national shuttlers were keen to help out if their services were needed by Tengku Mahaleel. 
 
“I’ll think about it if BAM want our services. Some of us have not been out of the game for a long time ... but we can contribute,” said Wan Wah. 
 
Wan Wah and three others – Wong Choong Hann, Chan Chong Ming and Chew Choon Eng – jointly own the Pioneer Sports Management (M) Sdn Bhd, which operates four badminton halls. They also conduct coaching sessions in the Klang Valley.
 

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