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Lee admits injury a blow to Olympics bid

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Published: 24 May 2012
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  WUHAN, China: Badminton world number one Lee Chong Wei has admitted his injury at the Thomas Cup in China this week is a blow to his Olympics title bid, where the Malaysian has a last shot at an elusive gold.

"Injury like this can affect mental preparation," a tearful Lee said before flying back to Malaysia Wednesday to have a second MRI scan and treatment on his torn ankle tendon.

"It is still painful... One has to be strong. I know I will be okay. I have to be stronger mentally to do well in the Olympics."

The 29-year-old star shuttler landed awkwardly after going two points ahead in his group match against Denmark's Peter Gade.

 

Badminton association must make amends: Former players

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Published: 24 May 2012
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 Officials of the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) must redeem themselves after the country’s embarrassing loss at this year’s world badminton group championship in Wuhan, China, former badminton champions say.

Former men’s doubles hero, Sigit Budiarto, said Thursday that while the failure of the Indonesian Thomas Cup team was the worst defeat in Indonesia’s badminton history, the PBSI must help the country regain the days of glory by preparing a better training ground for players.

“We don’t need to play the blame game. The most essential aspect to think about now is how to improve ourselves in the next competition,” he said as quoted by kompas.com.

Sigit was a member of the winning Thomas Cup team in 1998, 2000 and 2002. With Candra Wijaya, he won the World Championship in 1997 as well as captured the prestigious All-England championship title in 2003.

 

Olympics-Lee needs 'miracle' to make London shuttle

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Published: 24 May 2012
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 May 24 - World badminton number one Lee Chong Wei needs a miracle if he is to take part in the London Olympics after suffering an ankle injury, a top Malaysian official said on Thursday.

 
Lee, beaten by Chinese rival Lin Dan in the 2008 Beijing final, tore an ankle tendon in a Thomas Cup match against Denmark's Peter Gade in Wuhan earlier this week.
 
"We are all very sad that Chong Wei has suffered an injury that will hamper his Olympic preparation," Malaysia's Youth and Sports Minister Shabery Cheek told the Star newspaper.
 
"We don't know how long he will need to recover and it will probably be a miracle if he does make it in time. He'll have the best treatment possible.
 
"Most importantly, there is no pressure on him to recover fast."
 

South Korea reach Uber Cup final

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Published: 24 May 2012
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 WUHAN (China): Reigning champions South Korea powered into the women's Uber Cup final in Wuhan Thursday, beating Japan 3-0 to set up a likely rematch with China, who they dramatically dethroned two years ago.

 
World number 11 Sung Ji-Hyun wrapped up a quick first win in the women's singles 21-15, 21-10, making clear she has a strong outside chance of a medal at the London Olympics in July, where China's women are expected to dominate.
 
In December, the promising South Korean beat world number one Wang Yihan in the World Superseries Finals and she will likely face the Chinese star shuttler in the first singles match of the Uber Cup final on Saturday.
 
"I have to be confident, patient, not fight too hard or I will lose," said the 20-year-old about her next match. "If I believe in myself then I can win."
 
The victory takes South Korea to their second consecutive Uber Cup final and keeps alive their hopes of defending their crown on China's home territory.
 
The hot favourites to win back badminton's world team championships are in action tonight against Thailand, while the men's Thomas Cup takes a rest day before the semifinals on Friday.
 
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Uber Cup: Defending champ South Korea survives scare (pic)

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Published: 24 May 2012
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 WUHAN, China - Defending Uber Cup champions South Korea survived a scare of beingeliminated out of the top four on Wednesday as China's mighty badminton armada continuedtheir momentum by reaching the semifinals at Thomas and Uber Cup.

South Korea clinched their first ever Uber Cup title two years ago by beating China in the final,but they were made to work hard by Chinese Taipei this time in Wuhan in the quarter-finalsbefore they won 3-2.

In the first four matchesSouth Korea and Chinese Taipei leveled at 2-allHye Youn-hwang,former Asian Games and All England bronze medalistwithstood the pressure to defeat ShihHan Hung 21-18, 25-23 to finish the marathon battle which lasted five hours and 40 minutes.

South Korea will face Japan in the semifinals as China continued stable performancemaking a3-clean sweep at both Thomas and Uber Cup.

The Chinese women's teamaiming to regain the Uber Cupwere too good for GermanyWorldNo 6 Juliane Schenk's absence made Germany even fragile in front of China.

Victories from world No 1 Wang Yihan and No 2 Wang Xin put China 2-aheadWomen doublesworld No 1 Yu Yang/Wang Xiaoli held off the challenges from Carla Nelte/Isabel Herttrich tosecure a semifinal berth for Chinawith a score of 21-10, 19-21 and 21-8.

In the Thomas CupChinese men's team were also through to the semifinals by beatingMalaysiaHoweverMalaysia made some impacts on China without world No 1 Lee Chong-wei,who suffered an ankle injury on Tuesday and had to rest for at least three weeks.Chen Long of China returns a shuttlecock to Hafiz of Malaysia during the Thomas Cup quarter-finals in Wuhan, May 23, 2012

 

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