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Gold target still there (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 29 June 2012
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BA of Malaysia (BAM) secretary Ng Chin Chai has confirmed that the association's one gold target in the Olympics remains but has assured Lee Chong Wei that the pressure is not on him alone to work towards the objective in London.


Chin Chai said BAM's target was set two years ago and nothing has changed despite Chong Wei's ankle injury as he feels that men's doubles Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong or mixed pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying have what it takes to battle for gold in London.Mixed pair Chan Peng Soon (left) and Goh Liu Ying have the potential to go for Olympic gold, according to BA of Malaysia secretary Ng Chin Chai.

The only player who could be out of her depth is women's singles Tee Jing Yi who is unlikely to get past the group stage. "The target is still one gold. BAM is not going to change that because it was set two years ago and every player, not Chong Wei alone, must try hard to achieve it. We can't put too much pressure on Chong Wei," said Chin Chai.

 

No more Olympics after London Games, says Chong Wei (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 29 June 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 2 Lee Chong Wei let out a hearty laugh when asked whether he would try for the next Olympic Games in 2016 if he fails to fulfil his ambition of winning a gold in London.

“No, please, no more Olympics. London is my last,” said the 29-year-old in between chuckles.

“I may stay around until the next Asian Games (2014) at the most. There could be one more Thomas Cup Finals and the World Championships. I don’t know whether I can handle it if I get injured again.”Driving force: World No. 2 and National Champion Lee Chong Wei (fourth from the left) showing the 1Malaysia sign to the pixmen after hosting lunch for the members of the media yesterday. Also present (from left) men’s singles coach Rashid Sidek and Tey Seu Bock, mixed doubles coach Jeremy Gan, BAM secretary Ng Chin Chai, Wong Ah Jit, men’s doubles coach Pang Cheh Chang and head coach for the doubles team Tan Kim Her

It was the first time in weeks that Chong Wei was in such a jovial mood after limping out with an ankle injury at the Thomas Cup Finals in Wuhan last month. The injury has hampered his chances of gold in London but Chong Wei has obviously come to terms with it.

Yesterday, he invited members of the media for a frank chat over lunch.

 

Sony Dwi Kuncoro outshines compatriot Taufik Hidayat in the Indonesia Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 14 June 2012
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Thailand Open champion, Sony Dwi Kuncoro, continued his winning streak by defeating fellow Indonesian and 2004 Olympic gold medalist, Taufik Hidayat, in straight sets in the second round of the 2012 Djarum Indonesian Open in Jakarta on Thursday.

Playing before hundreds of Indonesian supporters at the Istora Indoor Stadium in the Senayan Sports Complex, the two crowd favorites started their match cautiously, chasing each other’s points at 6-6 to 7-7, kompas.com reported.Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia returns a shot to Brice Leverdez of France during their men’s singles qualifier match at the Djarum Indonesia Open on Tuesday.

 
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Indonesia Open: Kashyap stuns World No.3, Saina wins too

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 14 June 2012
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Jakarta, June 14  India's Parupalli Kashyap entered his maiden quarterfinals in a Super Series Premier event stunning top seed Chen Long of China in the Indonesia Open badminton tournament here Thursday. His compatriot Saina Nehwal also overcame a spirited challenge from Indonesian Aprilla Yuswandari to make the last eight stage in the women's singles.

Kashyap, ranked 26th, outplayed Chen 21-17, 21-14 in 45 minutes of sensational badminton for his first win over the World No.3.

Saina expectedly made the last eight stage beating Yuswandari 21-17, 14-21, 21-13 in the second round.

Kashyap, who qualified for the London Olympics ahead of Ajay Jayaram, was consistent with his smashes and net play against the 2010 Asian Games gold medallist.

 

Indonesia Open - Surging Sony Scores Big Upset

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 14 June 2012
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Badminton News - Sony Dwi Kuncoro picked an ideal time to return to form after a long spell stuck in the wilderness.

Less than a week after defeating Chinese superstar Lin Dan and winning the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold, Sony picked up another high-profile victory at the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier on Wednesday.

He beat No. 3 seed Peter Gade of Denmark 14-21, 21-7, 21-18, his ninth straight victory after a pair of wins in qualifying on Tuesday. Sony’s reward is a second-round match today against compatriot Taufik Hidayat at Istora Gelora Bung Karno.

 

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