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Olympic badminton champion Lee Yong-dae suspended for violating int'l anti-doping procedures (pic)

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Published: 26 January 2014
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Former Olympic badminton champion Lee Yong-dae has been suspended for one year for violating international anti-doping procedures, officials said Tuesday, putting his availability for this year's Asian Games at home in jeopardy.

The Badminton World Federation announced on its website that Lee and another South Korean player, Kim Ki-jung, have been suspended for a year for "violating the requirements relating to filing whereabouts information and resulting missed tests under the BWF Anti-Doping Regulations."Lee Yong-Dae (right) and Jae Sung Chung of Korea stand with their Bronze medals following the Men’s Doubles Badminton Gold Medal match at the London 2012 Olympics.

   The suspension took effect on Jan. 23, 2014, the Kuala Lumpur-based BWF noted.

"As part of BWF's registered testing pool of international level badminton athletes, Kim and Lee were required to provide whereabouts information for the BWF to conduct out-of-competition testing," the international governing body said. "In 2013, both athletes accumulated three whereabouts failures in connection with this administrative process."

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Saina dedicates title to Gopichand, parents

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Published: 26 January 2014
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LUCKNOW: Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal on Sunday dedicated her first title in 15 months - the India Grand Prix Gold - to her parents and chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand.

The World No. 9, who had last won a title at the Denmark Open Super Series Premier in October 2012, beat World Championship bronze medallist PV Sindhu 21-14, 21-17 in 40 minutes Sunday to take the title she had won in 2009.

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Saina Nehwal beats PV Sindhu to win India Grand Prix Gold (pic)

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Published: 26 January 2014
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India ace shuttler Saina Nehwal snapped her 15 months title drought, clinching the Syed Modi International India Grand Prix Gold badminton crown with a straight-game victory over compatriot PV Sindhu in the women's singles competition, on Sunday.

The London Olympics bronze medallist staved off the challenge from Sindhu 21-14 21-17 in the women's singles summit clash, which lasted 40 minutes at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium here.Saina Nehwal poses with the winner's trophy after defeating PV Sindhu in the Syed Modi International India Grand Prix Gold final.

The two-time champion was tested by her younger colleague but Saina kept her nerve to eventually break a 15-month title drought after appearing in her 22nd final of her international career.

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As it happened: India Grand Prix Gold women's and men's singles finals

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Published: 26 January 2014
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Playing her first final in 15 months, Saina Nehwal came out all guns blazing to beat PV Sindhu 21-14, 21-17 in the final in Lucknow on Sunday.

Saina prevailed over China's Xuan Deng 21-14, 17-21, 21-19 while Sindhu surpassed Lindaweni Fanetri from Indonesia 21-6, 12-21, 21-17 in the semis to set up a their first ever international clash at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium in Lucknow.

The two, however, played at the inaugural Indian Badminton League (IBL) last year where London Olympics bronze-medallist Saina got the better of Sindhu on two occasions.

 

Gail Emms to make a return to badminton (pic)

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Published: 25 January 2014
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Olympic silver-medallist Gail Emms will compete in the National Badminton Championships in Milton Keynes next month.

Emms will partner three-times champion Ella Tripp in the women’s doubles draw, as well as current England international and 2013 finalist Marcus Ellis in the mixed doubles event.Gail Emms

World number five pair, Chris and Gabby Adcock, lead the nation’s big names who will be heading for the arena: stadiummk next month for the first English National Championships to be held at stadium:mk on February 8 and 9.

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