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Chong Wei: We can't win Thomas Cup (pic)

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Published: 01 November 2013
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PETALING JAYA: It could be lights out for Malaysia in the Thomas Cup Finals in India next year – judging by the recent performances of the national shuttlers.

With just six months to go before the Finals, world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei believes that Malaysia are not prepared for the prestigious team event in New Delhi next May based on two factors – the inconsistent performances of the men’s singles shuttlers and the lack of depth in men’s doubles.Years gone by. Will Malaysia be able to win the Thomas Cup again in the near future after our last triumph in 1992, considering the players we have in the national team at the moment?

“I don’t think we are ready for the Thomas Cup Finals,” said Chong Wei without flinching when asked to assess Malaysia’s strength as a team based on the players’ performances this year.

At the recent back-to-back Opens in Denmark and France, singles shuttlers Liew Daren and Chong Wei Feng sank into oblivion as they made early exits.

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Chong Wei targets majors PLAN: Will push for titles, not World No 1 ranking in 2014

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Published: 01 November 2013
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LEE Chong Wei's priority is not the World No 1 ranking but victories in the major events next year.

Chong Wei also believes his current form should not be taken as a yardstick as his performance towards the end of a season has never been good.

Despite that, Chong Wei will still compete in the China (Nov 12-17) and Hong Kong (Nov 19-24) Opens due to sponsorship obligations and will also play in the season ending Super Series Finals on Dec 11-15 as Malaysia is hosting for the event.

Chong Wei has always enjoyed his best form early in a season where he has won the Malaysia and Korea Opens on several occasions and expects another good start before he targets next year's major events.

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Teck Zhi leads Malaysian rush (pic)

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Published: 01 November 2013
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SOO Teck Zhi was untested as he joined a host of Malaysian shuttlers in the third round of the World Junior Championships in Bangkok yesterday.

Teck Zhi, the Asian Junior champion, defeated Luis Ramon Garrido of Mexico 21-11, 21-12 in the second round and will meet Yang Sheng Jie of Taiwan today.

Soong Joo Ven was stretched to three games by Sweden's Felix Burestedt before winning 22-24, 21-16, 21-17 and faces Max Weissskirchen of Germany in the third round.Soo Teck Zhi beat Luis Ramon Garrido of Mexico 21-11, 21-12 in the second round and will meet Yang Sheng Jie of Taiwan today.

Lim Chi Wing made a big impact when he defeated Indonesia's top shuttler Fikri Ihsandi Hadmadi 21-19, 21-18 to set up a third round clash with Aditya Joshi of India.

Cheam June Wei was the only Malaysian player in the boys' singles to be shown the exit after he lost 21-17, 21-15 to Muhamad Bayu Panghistu in the second round.

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Ban for brawling Thailand badminton player upheld after appeal (pic)

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Published: 30 October 2013
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October 25 - A two year suspension handed out earlier this year to the Thailand badminton player Bodin Issara has been upheld by a Badminton World Federation (BWF) appeals panel.

Issara was competing in the men's doubles final at July's Canada Open when he was involved in a bizarre altercation with opponent and fellow Thai Maneepong Jongjit - the same player with whom he had reached the quarter-finals of London 2012.

Following a warning from the referee for a verbal altercation earlier in the match, Issara chased Jongjit onto a neighbouring court during a change in ends,before tackling him to the ground and viciously punching him several times to leave him needing two stitches.Coaches desperately try to break up the remarkable brawl between the two badminton players during the doubles final of the Canada Open in July

Issara was pulled off his former teammate and held down by staff as Jongjit was escorted - now shirtless - off court.

Following an investigation by the BWF and the Badminton Association of Thailand (BAT), Issara was found to be the main aggressor and was handed a two-year ban from the sport.

He had breached a number of sections of the BWF Players' Code of Conduct regarding inappropriate conduct, oral abuse, physical abuse, unsportsmanlike conduct, and conduct contrary to the integrity of the game, it was found. 

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Design for indoor arena at Kai Tak 'inadequate' for badminton events (pic)

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Published: 30 October 2013
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Proposed new venue in Hong Kong falls short of seats required to stage high-profile international events such as Sudirman Cup

The design proposal for a multi-purpose indoor arena on the former Kai Tak airport site would deny thousands of fans access to high-profile events, said Hong Kong Badminton Association chairman Tong Wai-lun on Monday.China's Li Xuerui, the London Olympic Games women's singles gold medallist, will compete at the Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open in November.

Although the government's new facility could accommodate up to seven courts, it would seat just 4,000 fans, 1,600 less than the Hong Kong Coliseum, which is the existing principal venue for top events such as the annual international Badminton Superseries. Even though the Coliseum can host up to 12,000 for sports such as volleyball, which requires one court, that drops to just 5,600 for big badminton tournaments that need multiple courts.

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