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Saina guides hosts BPCL to victory

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 January 2009
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Pune, Jan 22 (PTI) World No. 10 Saina Nehwal guided hosts Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) to a comfortable 3-0 win over ONGC in the group league stage of the women's team event at the 29th PSPB Inter Unit Badminton Championships, here today.
Saina defeated Ruth Misha 21-10, 21-14 while teammate Jwala Gutta beat Ashwini Ponappa 21-18, 13-21, 22-20 to give BPCL a 2-0 lead.

Gutta later teamed up Shruti Kurian to beat Ashwini Ponaapa and Nitya Sosale 21-13, 21-17.

In men's team event, BPCL defeated Oil India Limited 3-0 to clinch the third place.

Aditya Prakash beat SDS Krishna 21-14, 21-15 and Arvind Bhat then got past Anshuman Hazarika 22-20, 21-15. Bhat and Anup Sridhar next teamed up to defeat Krishna and Hazarika 21-17, 21-17 to secure third place.
 
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Junior development badminton tournament (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 January 2009
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SUMMERSIDE -- Three players earned double wins at a recent junior development badminton tournament here at Athena Consolidated School recently.
Dakota Cameron won under-16 boys' singles and doubles; Whitney Gallant won under-16 girls' singles and doubles, and Jesse Cameron took the under-14 boys' singles and doubles titles.
An encouraging element in this tournament was the number of new or relatively new entrants to the sport who showed talent and promise for the future. With all events being held in a round-robin format, new entrants had a good opportunity to test their ability against a number of other entrants.  
With two years of experience in the Atlantic badminton championships, including reaching the final of under-16 boys' doubles final with his brother, Jordan, in 2008, it was not surprising that Dakota Cameron won all his under-16 singles matches in two games.
In the crossovers, the winners of each of the two pools, Dakota Cameron and noteworthy newcomer Nathan Brown, reached the final, the former with a win over Greg McGuire 21-15, 21-9 and the latter with a 21-15, 21-14 score over Tyson Arsenault. 
Dakota beat Nathan 21-12, 21-15 in the final. McGuire beat his doubles partner, Arsenault, 21-15, 21-13 for third place.
Nathan Brown is about to make a shot during under-16 boys' singles action at a recent junior development badminton tournament at Athena Consolidated School. Jason Simmonds/Journal Pioneer
 

Decisions made by Badminton Europe Council (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 January 2009
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Council met in Tallinn, Estonia on 17/18 January in their first meeting of 2009. The Yonex Estonia International was held during the weekend, this gave Council an opportunity to see the tournament and meet with representatives from the Estonian Badminton Association.

 The Badminton Europe Council was pleased be able to meet with Badminton Estonia’s President, Robert Antropov and Yonex Estonia International Tournament Director Aavo Raig during the weekend in Tallinn. The Badminton Europe Council was in Estonia for the first meeting of 2009. One of the main purposes of the meeting was to prepare for the Annual Delegates Meeting taking place in Milan, Italy on Saturday, 4 April 2009. The ADM will begin at 10.00hrs.

Here is a summary of decisions that were taken at the meeting in Tallinn -

Council decided to allocate the 2010 European Men’s and Women’s Team Championships to Warsaw, Poland. This is pending the agreement of the terms and conditions outlined in the event contract.
 
Council decided to allocate the 2009 Summer School to Karlskrona, Sweden. This will take place from 11 – 18 July 2009.

 

The Yonex Estonian International 2009 is over (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 January 2009
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The Estonian audience and players have seen excellent badminton in their home country. Badminton Estonia is pleased to thank Badminton Europe and Yonex Europe for helping in the preparation and arrangement of our first tournament. The tournament has been held in Tallinn, Sports Hall Kalev.Men's Singles

Our first winners are in MS Ville Lang (Finland), in WS Tatjana Bibik (Russia), in MD Naoki Kawamae & Shoji Sato (Japan), in WD Jiani Cai & Bo Rong (China) and in XD Yi Zhang & Jiani Cai (China).

The best-achieved results of Estonian players has been in MS Raul Must (3. place), in WS Kati Tolmoff (3. place), in MD Raul Käsner & Ants Mängel and Einar Veede & Vahur Lukin (9-16. place), in WD Ulla Helm & Eve Jugandi and Ketly Freirik & Claudia Vogelgsang from Germany (5-8- place), in XD Vahur Lukin & Eve Jugandi, Kristjan Kaljurand & Laura Tombard and Raul Must & Laura Vana (9-16. place).     Women's Singles

 
The first Badminton Europe Circuit tournament in Estonia has been challenge for a small badminton community and we are happy to know, that players are intending to visit us again. The next Yonex Estonian International is scheduled to January 14-17, 2010.
 
 
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The Yonex Estonian International 2009 is now running the third day. There have been a lot of exciting matches in singles qualification events and even more in first rounds of the main draw.
 

The most interesting performance in men’s singles was the success of Kenn Lim from Malaysia, who passed qualification tournament (not seeded player) and won two rounds in main tournament. Seeded players Shoji Sato from Japan, Ville Lang from Finland, Raul Must from Estonia, Kasper Ipsen from Denmark, Valeriy Atrashchenkov from Ukraine entered quarterfinals. Other quarterfinalists are Misha Zilberman from Israel and Kristian Nielsen from Denmark.

 
Women’s singles has been challenging. Rong Bo from China passed qualification tournament (not seeded player) and won two rounds in main tournament. Seeded players Kati Tolmoff from Estonia, Olga Golovanova and Tatjana Bibik from Russia, Claudia Vogelgsang from Germany and Lianne Tan from Belgium entered quarterfinals. Other quarterfinalists are Anastasia Panushkina from Russia and Anne Hald Jensen from Denmark.
 
In men’s doubles all seeded pairs entered quarterfinals, except Yoga Uki Kasah and Ali Kaya from Turkey because of withdrawal. In addition Konstantin Khlestov and Vladimir Malkov from Russia entered quarterfinals.
 
In women’s doubles three of four seeded pairs, Steffi Annys and Severine Corvilain from Belgium, Sanni Rautala and Noora Virts from Finland and Anastasia Panushkina and Viktoria Slobodjanuk from Russia entered quarterfinals. Cai Jiani and Rong Bo won seeded pair Anna Kobtseva and Elena Prus from Ukraine.
 
In mixed doubles two of four seeded pairs, Valeriy Atrashchenkov and Elena Prus from Ukraine and Zhang Yi and Cai Jiani from China entered quarterfinals. Georgij Natarov and Anna Kobtseva from Ukraine win Roman Zirnwald and Tina Riedl from Austria. Andrey Ashmarin and Ksenia Polikarpova from Russia won Eetu Heino and Noora Virta from Finland.
 
At the moment the most successful country at Yonex Estonian International 2009 is Russia with 11 quarterfinalist. Ukraine stands on second place with 4 players, China, Estonia, Finland and Wales are keeping on with 3 players in quarterfinals.
 

 

 
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It pays to be successful on BAM's payroll (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 January 2009
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THERE are no national sports associations (NSAs) which can rival the BA of Malaysia's monetary security to its players.

BAM has efficient incentives, world ranking and match bonuses as well as allowances which promises all players a comfortable life as long as they work hard and be successful in the international arena.

The world ranking bonus is the most attractive as players ranked from World No 32 to World No 1 get a quarterly payment ranging from RM4,500 to RM45,000.

The women's singles players enjoy between RM4,500 to RM36,000 in the same ranking bracket.

The men's doubles are restricted to the top 16 where the highest payout per quarter is RM80,000 if they rank No 1 or No 2, while the pairs ranked from ninth to 16th get RM24,000.
The women's doubles receive between RM12,000 and RM60,000.

The lack of success and focus in the mixed doubles means only the top eight benefit but an amount of RM40,000 for a top or second ranked pair quarterly is a substantial amount (for full list refer to graphics).

A successful player or pair can earn from the match bonus scheme RM10,000 for a Super Series title and RM5,000 for a grand prix win, and there is another attractive sum in the form of a presidential bonus which guarantees an additional 25 per cent of the winning purse.

BAM has also not neglected incentives for winning major events as an Olympic gold is worth RM100,000 while at a lower level, a player can earn RM10,000 if he wins a Sea Games individual or team gold.

Monthly salary, or allowance as it is called, ranges from RM500 to RM3,000 based on the achievement of players.

Although BAM has not made it too difficult for the national shuttlers to earn a decent living, it remains a mystery why they are struggling to make the grade.