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Ex-National Player Indra Gunawan Dies at 61

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Published: 08 June 2009
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Former national badminton player Indra Gunawan passed away on Sunday morning, succumbing to the intestinal cancer he battled over the past two years.

He was 61.

According to Dewi Mirida, Indra’s wife, the former national trainer insisted to be taken home last week despite undergoing radiation therapy at Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital.

After going into a seizure on Thursday, Indra was rushed back to the hospital, this time to Pantai Indah Kapuk Hospital near their home.

But his condition only worsened over the weekend.

“He looked very peaceful,” said Dewi, who was with her husband in his last days.

She added that Indra had “even wanted to seek acupuncture therapy from a shinse [Chinese physician].”

Indra is survived by Dewi and their three children.

His remains lie at the Atmajaya Mortuary. Interment is scheduled on Thursday at Pondok Rangon in East Jakarta.

Born on Sept. 23, 1947, Indra had a stellar career, winning the Asian Games gold medal in men’s doubles in 1970 and the Asian Championship in 1971.

He was also part of the Thomas Cup squad that played in 1970 and 1973.

 
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Shuttlers Eye Success in Singapore (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 08 June 2009
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The nation’s top players are ready to put their Sudirman Cup disappointment behind them to focus on the Singapore Super Series, which begins today.
The world’s top-ranked men’s doubles pair, Markis Kido, left, and Hendra Setiawan, in action against Japan’s Noriyasu Hirata and Hirokatsu Hashimoto in the Sudirman Cup last month.
The Indonesian team failed to reach the final of the renowned Sudirman Cup last month after losing 3-1 to South Korea in the semifinals in Guangzhou, China. It hasn’t performed well in the Super Series either, winning only one title this year after four legs of badminton’s most prestigious series.

Indonesia is determined to end that woeful run in Singapore and Markis Kido, one half of the world’s top-ranked men’s pair, is ready to play his part.

 

Malaysia's Lee not optimistic about retaining title at S'pore Open (pic)

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Published: 08 June 2009
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SINGAPORE: He is the current world number one and defending champion of the Aviva Singapore Badminton Open, but Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei is not optimistic about retaining his title.

He is, instead, setting his sights on the World Championship in August.

Last year, some top players – including then world number one Lin Dan from China – gave the Aviva Singapore Badminton Open a miss as they were preparing for the Beijing Olympics.

Lee took advantage of that and went on to win the event against Indonesia's Simon Santosa.

Now, despite being ranked number one in the world, he is not upbeat about his prospects at the Singapore Open due to his tight schedule and short preparation time.

One player who is hoping to do well at the Singapore Open is crowd favourite, Denmark's Peter Gade. The 32-year-old current world number two plans to retire next year and is hoping for a win in Singapore.

China's Lin is again giving the event a miss, but China will still have a strong presence at the tournament which begins on Wednesday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

 
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Indonesia Open: Chong Wei out for revenge in Jakarta (pic)

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Published: 04 June 2009
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WORLD No 1 Lee Chong Wei's crack at the Indonesia Open title will receive a major test against nemesis Lin Dan of China as the duo are likely to meet in the semi-finals of the Super Series event in Jakarta on May 16-21.

Chong Wei, who won the event in 2007, went down in straight games to the Olympic champion in the semi-finals of the Sudirman Cup in Guangzhou last month.Lee Chong Wei will have another chance at beating his rival Lin Dan if they meet in the semi-finals.


However, it was the Malaysian who triumphed in their last Super Series meeting, the Swiss Open in April, where Chong Wei upstaged the World No 3 in straight games in Basel.

 

Lucky Chun Seang counts his blessings

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 04 June 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Tan Chun Seang can consider himself lucky to be given the nod to join world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei as the two men’s singles representatives from the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) for the Singapore Open next week.

Singles chief coach Rashid Sidek grounded the rest of the shuttlers, including former All-England champion Mohd Hafiz Hashim, from the tournament for serving up inconsistent performances over the last few months.

And Chun Seang will be out to prove that he is worthy of the place.