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Only two singles players per country for Olympics: BWF (pic)

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Published: 13 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: National singles coach Tey Seu Bock lauds a move by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) to limit the number of singles players from each country at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio to only two.

At the last Olympic Games in London in 2012, BWF allowed each country to have a maximum of three singles players if all of them were ranked in the top eight in the world.Tey Seu Bock hopes that Malaysia’s singles players will grab the opportunity and do well to improve their world rankings to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

That rule benefited China which saw them parading Lin Dan, Chen Long and Chen Jin in the men’s singles and Li Xuerui, Wang Shixian and Wang Yihan in the women’s singles.

China were the only country to have a maximum of three players at the last edition, which gave them a slight advantage.

Under the new qualifications ruling for the Rio Olympic Games, a country can have a maximum of two players if both of them are ranked in the top 16 after a one-year qualifying period (up till May 1, 2016).

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Zulfadli eyeing Thomas Cup ticket (pic)

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Published: 13 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: Independent singles shuttler Zulfadli Zulkiffli has his international assignments all planned out for the next two months.

And he is on a wing and a prayer that it will not clash with Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM)’s selection trial for the Thomas Cup Finals in May in New Delhi.After enjoying a good run at the India Open Grand Prix Gold last month, Zulfadli Zulkiffli hopes to keep his momentum going in the Austria International Challenge from Feb 19-22.

Zulfadli, who is currently sponsored by Red Bull, will be taking part in the Austria International Challenge from Feb 19-22 in Vienna, All-England (March 4-9), Swiss Open (March 12-17) and the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold (March 25-30) in Johor Baru.

BAM have yet to fix a date although they had announced earlier that they would hold an open trial to give independent shuttlers a shot at making the cut for the world team event.

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European stints crucial for Daren's Thomas Cup berth (pic)

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Published: 13 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: A lot is at stake for singles shuttler Liew Daren when he takes part in the back-to-back German Open Grand Prix Gold in Mulheim from Feb 25-March 2 and the All-England from March 4-9 in Birmingham.

A good showing in these Europe tournaments will strengthen his position as one of the members of the team for the Thomas Cup Finals in May in New Delhi. It will restore his self-confidence and it will also stop his world ranking from slipping further.A good showing in the back-to-back German Open Grand Prix Gold and the All-England would strengthen Daren Liew's chances of being selected for the Thomas Cup squad.

Based on the draw for the German Open released on Tuesday and in the absence of players from China in the tournament, world No. 36 Daren has a good chance to redeem himself.

Daren, who is the only Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) singles player going for the GP Gold, has been drawn in the same quarter as third-seed Hu Yun of Hong Kong and 11th seed Rajiv Ouseph of England.

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China, Thailand stumbling block to juniors in Asian Champonships (pic)

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Published: 11 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia face two big hurdles in the mixed team badminton event of the Asian Junior Championships in Taiwan from Feb 16-23 – namely, China and Thailand.

The 14 participating nations have been split into four groups. Groups A and B will comprise of four teams each while Groups C and D will have three teams each.Cheam June Wei will represent Malaysia in the boys' singles category of the Asian Junior Championships in Taiwan from Feb 16-23.

Malaysia have been drawn in Group D with China and Sri Lanka.

The country will be represented by Cheam June Wei (boys’ singles), Ho Yen Mei (girls’ singles),  Chua Kek Wei-Cheam June Wei (boys’ doubles), Goh Yea Ching-Peck Yen Wei (girls’ doubles) and Chua Kek Wei-Peck Yen Wei (mixed doubles).

The Malaysian team should have no problem getting past Sri Lanka. However they are expected to face a very tough match-up against China, who are the defending champions.

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Singapore’s badminton Open clinches sponsorship by property group OUE (pic)

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Published: 11 February 2014
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Singapore’s badminton body continued its attempted revival of the flagging sport with the announcement of a new title sponsor for the Singapore Open on Thursday evening.

The nation’s largest and longest-running badminton event, formerly known as the Li-Ning Open, will be named after local publicly-listed property giant OUE Limited in a one-year, six-figure deal.Giant red packet presentation from OUE Limited Executive Chairman, Dr. Stephen Riady to President of SBA, Mr Lee

OUE is worth over S$2 billion and best known for operating the Meritus and Mandarin hotel brands in Singapore, Malaysia and the US.

This is the company’s first foray into sports sponsorship, although executive chairman Stephen Riady has served as a patron of the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) since October 2010.

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