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"Super Dan" storms into China Masters second round (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 September 2009
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CHANGZHOU, Jiangsu Province, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Olympic and world champion Lin Dan was off to a flying start at the China Masters badminton event here on Wednesday, easing past teammate Qiu Yanbo 21-13, 21-13 in the men's singles first round. China's Lin Dan returns a shuttle during men's singles first round match against his compatriot Qiu Yanbo at 2009 China Badminton Masters Super Series in Changzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, Sept. 16, 2009. Lin won 2-0.

 Men's singles world number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia also booked a second round berth in a one-sided match where the 27-year-old pushed aside Asian champion Lu Qicheng, a Changzhou local, 21-8, 21-16. Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei returns a shuttle during men's singles first round match against China's Lu Qicheng at 2009 China Badminton Masters Super Series in Changzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, Sept. 16, 2009. Lee won 2-0.

Lin, turning 26 on Monday, smashed 22 winners and proved to be a more consistent player to win 42 of the 68 rallies in the 32-minute match.

    "I think Qiu is a little bit nervous today, maybe because he wanted to do a good job in his hometown," said Lin, who had scored a badminton grand slam -- winning the Beijing Olympics, three world championships, two Thomas Cup and two Sudirman Cup team events.

 

South Korea’s absence in world juniors mixed team event lights up Malaysia (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 September 2009
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ALOR SETAR: South Korea will not compete in the mixed team event of the Yonex-Sunrise World Junior Badminton Championships, which will be held at the Sultan Abdul Halim Indoor Stadium here from Oct 23-Nov 1.

And the news is like sweet music to Malaysia, who are set to move up to take second seeding when the draw is made later this month. The seeding means that Malaysia can only meet top seed China in the final.Fine design: Yonex Sunrise Promotions manager Alice Lee unveiling the World Junior Badminton Championships 2009 logo yesterday to Kedah Badminton Association president Teoh Teng Choe (right), BAM treasurer Datuk Lim Teong Kiat (second from right), State Youth and Sports, Arts, Heritage and Cultural Committee chairman Dr Hamdan Mohamed Khalid (second from left) and Director of Kedah Sports Council Syed Khairul Anuar Syed Abidin (left).

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) media and communications manager, S. Selvam, confirmed at the championships’ official logo launch at the Wisma Darulaman here yesterday that South Korea failed to register for the team event on time.

“We waited until last weekend to accommodate late entries for the mixed team event. But we did not hear anything from South Korea and we will have 22 countries for the event,” he said. But the door is still open for the Koreans to compete in the individual events as the closing date for entries is on Oct 9.”

 

China Masters help Chinese players tune up for National Games

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 September 2009
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CHANGZHOU, Jiangsu Province, Sept. 15 -- Leading a gigantic team at the China Masters badminton tournament, Chinese head coach Li Yongbo would not leave the up-coming National Games behind.

    The six-day China Masters takes place one month before the quadrennial National Games where all Chinese provinces compete in events included in the Olympic Games.

    Keeping the National Games in mind, Li fielded over 100 players from the national top string team, the reserves and the provincial teams to the badminton super series which kicks off on Tuesday in the east city of China.

 

Olympic medal is Gopichand’s dream (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 September 2009
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Calcutta: As a player, he won the prestigious All England Championships in 2001. He has also been awarded with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the Padma Shri and, more recently, the Dronacharya Award. But former shuttler Pullela Gopichand feels his list of achievements will be incomplete until one of his students go on to win an Olympic medal.Pullela Gopichand instructs youngsters at a badminton clinic in a city school, on Saturday.

In the city to attend badminton clinics of the East Zone chapter of his academy, Gopichand said: “Winning the All England was great and receiving the Dronacharya was also a great honour… But I’ll be happiest the day one of my students goes on to win an Olympic medal.”

The 35-year-old was also of the view that the sport was on the right track in the country. “The scenes are very encouraging in India. At present, we almost have a top-20 player in each of the categories.

“We just need to graduate to the next level, and that’s very much possible. All we need is some fine tuning and focus on fitness,” he said.

 

Thai badminton looks to advance to the next level (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 September 2009
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Prof Charoen sets sights on Olympic glory after disappointment in Beijing

When Charoen Wattanasin took over as president of the Badminton Association of Thailand, I knew there would be a dramatic change in the sport for the better.PODIUM: Boonsak Ponsana and 14-year-old Rachanok Intanon hold their silverware at the All-Thailand Championships.

Badminton in Thailand has enjoyed a long rich history and one of those who contributed to the advancement of the discipline is Prof Charoen.

My first meeting with Charoen was in the early 1970s at the Royal Bangkok Sports Club when I partnered him in a game of doubles and he told me that my badminton wasn't as good as my table tennis.

We had barely spoken to each other and that was the first time we played together.

I immediately fathomed his honesty and had tremendous respect for him and his straightforwardness.

My first impression of him was high. I said to myself that given his rich background and his contribution to the advancement of the sport as a player, he will do a lot if given the opportunity.

 

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