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Stars, past and present, will dazzle at All England

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 March 2010
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A hundred years of the world’s greatest badminton tournament — no matter how much one associate’s history and tradition with the All England, it is still an incredible feeling.

As the 100th version opens today, all those who are part of it — players, coaches, officials — will consider themselves lucky. There has been a buzz for weeks leading up to the big day. Few events in badminton now have that effect.

In recent years, the circuit has fallen into rote, a predictable chain of events; hopefully, the All England will come to the rescue and revitalise public interest in the world’s fastest racket sport.

Organisers have planned various events to commemorate the 100th year, such as a ‘history zone’ and an ‘avenue of champions’ that will bring alive moments from earlier championships. Several former champions are expected to attend.

 

Rising Indonesian Badminton Star Takes it to Next Level

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 March 2010
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Dionisius Hayom Rumbaka will open two new chapters in his career when he starts play at the All England Super Series.

Having been touted as one of Indonesia’s rising stars in men’s singles, the 22-year-old initially rejected a pair of call-ups to the national camp before finally signing on in January. Now he makes his national team debut in badminton’s most prestigious championship.

“I had to drop the first two proposals because I thought I was not ready to join the national team. I thought I wasn’t good enough to accept the offer,” Dionisius told the Jakarta Globe. “But now I’m ready as I have been improving and also have a better world rank now.”

 

Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei unfazed by All England badminton draw (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 February 2010
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Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei, the world No 1, is unfazed over who he will face in the upcoming All England Badminton Championships, preferring to focus on his preparation for the oldest tournament in the sport.

Top seed Chong Wei, who lost to Lin Dan in last year’s final when China took all five titles, begins his title bid against India’s Chetan Anand with the Malaysian likely to meet Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia in the second round. Top seed: Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei is men's No 1 seed

Ahead of the 100th edition in Birmingham, which starts on March 9, he said: "What is important is to make the best preparation, whether physically or mentally.

"I don't think of defeat. I don't really think of my opponent, whether Sony Dwi Koncoro from Indonesia in the quarter-final or Lin Dan in the final.

 

Coach Hendrawan believes his charge can be a champ again (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 February 2010
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PETALING JAYA: The stage is set for men’s singles shuttler Mohd Hafiz Hashim to be a champion again.

And national coach Hendrawan wants Hafiz to be brave enough to seize the opportunity at the German Open, which will be held in Mulheim from March 2-7.Money as promised: Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor receiving a mock cheque from Iris Corporation Berhad managing director Datuk Tan Say Jim at a luncheon in Putrajaya yesterday. Looking on are (from left) Lee Chong Wei, Datuk Razali Ibrahim, Tan Boon Heong and Koo Kien Keat.

A good outing in Germany should give Hafiz the confidence to face tougher challenges in the All-Eng­land at Birmingham from March 9-14.

Hafiz, who last won a title at the Philippines Open in 2006, is seeded eighth in the German Open and, barring any upsets, should make his way to the quarter-finals, at least.

He is in the lower half of the draw with second seed Chen Long of China, Taiwan’s Hsieh Yu-hsing (fifth seed) and three European trouble-makers – Germany’s Marc Zwiebler (fourth), England’s Andrew Smith (ninth) and Poland’s Wacha Przemyslaw (13th).

 

Debut Regional Project in Turkey

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 February 2010
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From the 15 – 21 February, the Turkish Badminton Federation successfully held their first Badminton Europe supported Regional Project activity in Istanbul. The aim of the project was the development of U13 and U15 badminton players from 5 different countries from the southeast of Europe. After the training camp, the young players participated in the Turkiye Junior International tournament.

Organised by the Turkish Federation, the training camp included participants from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia and Romania. All together, there have been 46 players and 12 coaches. Two instructors have guided them: Tan Phick Eng from Malaysia and the Turkish Hakan Avci. Together they successfully presented different basic techniques and tactics to all participants.

 
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