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Top shuttler Zhou Mi banned for two years (pic)

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Published: 05 September 2010
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Former women world number one shuttler Zhou Mi of Hong Kong has been suspended for two years for failing a drug test, World badminton Federation said on Saturday.

During one of BWF's out-of-competition testing programme, Zhou tested positive for Clenbuterol, a Class 1 Anabolic Agent on the WADA Prohibited List of substances, BWF said in a release. Zhou Mi failed the drug test

After that a BWF doping hearing conducted in Copenhagen on August 23 decided "that a period of two years ineligibility is imposed upon Zhou Mi for the first violation of the BWF Anti-doping Regulations.

The period of ineligibility commences from the date of the provisional suspension, 4 August 2010."

"BWF is fortunate that this is the first case that the BWF has ruled on for a number of years. The case sends a strong message to elite athletes in the sport who need to be aware of Prohibited Substances and the consequences of taking these either deliberately or inadvertently," said Thomas Lund, BWF COO.

Zhou Mi acknowledged that she had taken some common over-the-counter medication but was unaware whether or not it had contained any prohibited substance.

"The BWF together with WADA conduct both out-of competition and in-competition testing on a regular basis and athletes need to be aware that they are ultimately responsible for everything they ingest whether it is taken deliberately or inadvertently," Lund added.

"And this case shows that for a first offence, the punishment is severe." The sanction means that Zhou Mi cannot participate in any badminton tournament at the international, national and local level for a period of two years.

 
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China sweeps five golds at badminton worlds

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 29 August 2010
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PARIS, Aug. 29 -- The powerhouse China bagged all five golds at the Badminton World Championships on Sunday, repeating its sweeping triumph 23 years ago.

In the first final on Sunday, Zheng Bo/Ma Jin clinched their first world champion titles in the mixed doubles by beating teammates He Hanbin /Yu Yang in straight sets.

The eighth seeds Zheng/Ma took control of the whole match, defeating the sixth seeds He/Yu 21-14, 21-10 after 42 minutes.

This is China's first gold in the event at the World Championships since 2001.

The men's singles shuttler Chen Jin followed Zheng/Ma's triumph to clinch his maiden world champion title by smashing Indonesian ace Taufik Hidayat also in straight sets.

China's Wang Lin edged out teammate Wang Xin to take the women' s singles title at the Badminton World Championships on Sunday.

The fourth seed Chen overplayed the former world and Olympic champion Hidayat 21-13, 21-15, marching one step further to the top as he lost to teammate Lin Dan in last year's final.

 
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Chen Jin wins world title (pic)

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Published: 29 August 2010
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Chen Jin, the man who has lived for years in the shadow of the greatest player of all time, suddenly emerged into the spotlight to become a surprise World champion on Sunday.ROCK SOLID: China's Jin Chen played a consistent game to beat Taufik Hidayat in the final.

The third-seeded Chinese player did that with a convincing 21-13, 21-15 win over Taufik Hidayat, the gifted but unpredictable former World and Olympic champion from Indonesia.

Chen thus kept his promise to himself that he would go one better than last year, when he finished runner-up to Lin Dan, the compatriot who had become the first player to win a singles title three times in a row.

 
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Koo-Tan show nerves of steel to storm into final (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 29 August 2010
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WORLD number one pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong made it a lovely day in Paris for Malaysia when they stormed into the country’s first men’s doubles final in 13 years at the World Championships in Pierre de Coubertin Stadium yesterday.We’re in the final: Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong celebrating after defeating China’s Guo Zhengdong-Xu Chen in the men’s doubles semi-finals of the World Championships in Paris yesterday. Kien Keat-Boon Heong won 21-14, 21-18.

The duo continued to show their strong determination and ambition to be the first world champion when they clawed back from 10-16 in the second game to beat China’s Guo Zhengdong-Xu Chen 21-14, 21-18 in 40 minutes.

Today, they will take on the winner of the other semi-final match between two previous world champions – Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng of China and Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia.

It was the duo’s first final appearance in three outings after their failure to live up to expectations in the Kuala Lumpur in 2007 and Hyderabad last year.

Boon Heong was happy with the win but vowed to keep his feet firmly on the ground.

 

Former champion Hidayat rolls back the years (pic)

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Published: 29 August 2010
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Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat rolled back the years to reach the final of the world badminton championships with a 21-10 22-20 victory on Saturday over South Korean 13th seed Park Sung-hwan.

Hidayat, Olympic gold-medal winner in 2004 and world champion in 2005, has not hit those heights since for a variety of reasons, on and off court.

He signalled he was back on track by disposing of world number one Lee Chong Wei in the quarter-finals on Friday, then beat Park, a giant-killer himself after beating titleholder Lin Dan in the last eight. Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat celebrates after defeating South Korea's Park Sung-hwan during their Men's semi-final match at the 2010 Badminton World Championships at the Coubertin stadium in Paris, August 28, 2010.

Hidayat, 29, breezed through the first game but trailed 20-18 in the second as Park battled on but once he saved game points and levelled at 20-20 the Indonesian was not to be denied.

The fifth seed told a media conference: "When it was 20-18 I knew I had to go on and when it was 20-20 I was confident I would win."

Park's cause was not helped by a battle against "drift" -- a slight breeze in stadiums which can carry the shuttle just out of play.

He suffered at least four such errors in the second game, including, critically, on the first match point he faced.

 

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