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Olympic Champion Lin Dan intends to stick around until 2016 Olympics

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 August 2012
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China’s most seasoned player Lin Dan, who has recently won his second consecutive gold medal at Olympic Games, plays down the rumours of his retirement by saying that he has no plan to take retirement soon and there are chances that he will go for the 2016 Olympics.

The World Number One Lin, who is ruling Olympic and World Champion, has been putting up spectacular show of top quality badminton for the last one decade and has won every major tournament which earned him Grand Slam title for his unmatched achievements.

The 28-year-old Lin, who is widely known as Super Dan, showed a wonderful performance in the 2012 London Olympics and won gold medal after winning against Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei in an epic final battle.

 

Chong Wei ready to take the plunge next year

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 August 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 27 -- Shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei, fresh from winning a silver medal at the London Olympics, is expected to end his bachelorhood next year.

The world number two is expected to wed former national top women's singles player Wong Mew Choo as both are rumoured to be planning to settle down after courting for more than a decade.

Chong Wei who claimed that he was ready to take the plunge, however, did not give any tentative date or place for the wedding.

"Maybe I will step down next year because there are no big competitions and start planning for the wedding. I am not young anymore," he told Bernama.

Mew Choo, 29, is now a coach at the Bukit Jalil Sports School after she quit competitive badminton last year.

"We have known each other for a long time. Sometimes I hardly have any time to dwell on the relationship so as to focus on my career and during such times it is normal to have misunderstandings," said the former world number one.

 

Status Of Chong Wei's Coach To Be Known On Sept 8

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 23 August 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 23 -- The question of whether Datuk Lee Chong Wei will continue to be trained by his coach Tey Seu Bock is expected to be answered on Sept 8.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia's (BAM) Coaching and Training Committee is expected to meet and make a decision as to whether Seu Bock would continue coaching Chong Wei.

BAM Honorary Secretary Ng Chin Chai said as for the time being, Seu Bock would continue training Chong Wei and that the BAM has not changed the coaching structure.

"At the moment everything remains status quo because there's no meeting yet to make any changes... probably after the coaching and training committee meeting on Sept 8," he told Bernama.

 

Warm welcome home for Chong Wei (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 23 August 2012
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SEPANG: Hundreds of Malaysians waving flags and banners to show their support welcomed home badminton hero Datuk Lee Chong Wei at the KL International Airport on Tuesday.

Over 400 fans had gathered at the airport as early as 4.30am to wait for his arrival to show their appreciation for putting up a good fight in Sunday's badminton final.Chong Wei being escorted out upon his arrival at KLIA

Among those at the airport were a delegation from the Youth and Sports Ministry, as well as students from Bukit Jalil Sports School who described Chong Wei as their "idol".

Chong Wei thanked everyone for their support "but I am disappointed not to bring home the gold."

He said he intended to compete for the next two years, and after that "see how long more I can play."

He expressed his intention to take part in the Commonwealth Games and the China Badminton League, adding that he would play in the 2016 Olympic Games if he is in good shape.

 

Lee to face nemesis Lin for gold (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 04 August 2012
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Top seed Lee entered the tournament scrambling to be fit for the opening match, but was at the peak of his powers in a crushing 20-13 20-14 win over third-seeded Chinese Chen Long.

Reigning champion Lin, who thrashed Lee for the gold medal in an emotional victory at his home Games, duly played his part by destroying South Korea's Lee Hyun-il 21-12 21-10 in the second semi-final.Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei plays against China's Chen Long during their men's singles badminton semifinals match during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Wembley Arena August 3, 2012

The mouth-watering final pits two of the finest players of their generation against each other, with both hoping to re-write the records.

Lin, badminton's equivalent to tennis's Roger Federer, has won every major title going, but has the chance to become the first man to defend an Olympic singles title.

Lee was propelled by a rowdy Malaysian contingent in a near-full house at the 4,800 capacity Wembley Arena, and will bid to end his country's 48-year wait for an Olympic gold medal since they first sent a team to the 1964 Tokyo Games.

 

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