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Not fair to give Lin Dan a wild card: Joo-bong (pic)

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Published: 14 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: Japan chief coach Park Joo-bong will be the first one to protest if the Badminton World Federation (BWF) were to offer a wild card again to five-time world champion Lin Dan of China for this year’s World Championships.

Last year, Lin Dan was awarded the wild card despite missing international tournaments for almost a year. But the men’s singles maestro showed his prowess by beating Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei for his fifth crown at his homeground – Guangzhou. Lin Dan was given a wild card to take part in last year's World Championships, which he went on to win after beating Lee Chong Wei.

Joo-bong said that the world body’s decision last year proved controversial as many felt that it was unfair.

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Tago in high spirits after Korean Open (pic)

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Published: 14 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: World No. 5 Kenichi Tago of Japan believes that he is his greatest enemy.

The industrious yet stylish Tago came close to winning his first Super Series title last year but fell in the final of the French Open to Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen.

The Chiba native’s confidence took a blow and he ended the year on a low – twice losing to Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto and failing to make the final of the Super Series Finals last month.Kenichi Tago: 'My goal this year, though, is to be the top of the others closing in, and to get closer to Chen Long’s level first.'

But after exacting revenge on world No. 3 Jorgensen in the quarter-finals of the Korean Open last week, Tago believes that the morale boosting semi-final finish is a good start to the year.

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Japan out to prove they are a force to be reckoned with (pic)

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Published: 14 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: A fantastic showing by the men’s doubles shuttlers at the Korean Open last week, has raised Japan’s hope of putting in another strong challenge to the more fancied teams in the Thomas Cup Finals in New Delhi in May.

Last week, their world No. 6 Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa went down fighting 20-22, 20-22 to eventual champions Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark in the semi-finals. Keita Masuda: ' If our players can maintain their form until April, we may get a better seeding than Malaysia or Indonesia for the (Thomas Cup) Finals.'

Their younger compatriots Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda, the world No. 15th, dumped second seeds Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang of South Korea in the opening round.

National coach Keita Masuda believes they have enough depth to challenge all the teams, including Malaysia at the Finals.

“Our senior and junior doubles players did well at the Korean Open and that augurs well ahead of the world team competition. We have strong men’s singles and doubles this time,” he said.

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Taking a look at Malaysia's future stars (pic)

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Published: 14 January 2014
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Target: World Championships and Olympic Games (2016-2020)Soong Joo Ven, 18, is a hardworking shuttler and a good team player. He has the makings of a champion.

Name: Misbun Ramdan Misbun
DOB: 3/1/1991 (23 years old)
World ranking: 44
Assessment: Probably should not have left the national setup after winning the national title in 2012. Ramdan however has matured significantly and has been in good physical form too. He is also cool and calm like his father, Misbun Sidek. At 23, he should peak earliest compared to the rest.

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Saina keen to get back to winning at Malaysian Open (pic)

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Published: 14 January 2014
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BUKIT JALIL: Comebacks are easier said than done.

This is the reality that India’s Saina Nehwal is facing as she looks to rediscover her form that won her country’s first badminton bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics Games.Saina Nehwal in a file photo. After a year of not winning any titles and a dip in form, she is hoping to start winning again.

The 24-year-old skipped the season-opening Korean Open due to fitness issues and will begin her campaign in the main draw of the Maybank Malaysian Open on Wednesday.

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