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Winning start for Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 20 September 2012
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LEE Chong Wei eased into competition mode again after the London Olympics with a flourish while Liew Daren and Chong Wei Feng also had impressive starts in the Japan Open in Tokyo yesterday.

Chong Wei thrashed Anand Pawar of India 21-13, 21-9 in 31 minutes and will meet Viktor Axelsen of Denmark, who overcame Suppanyu Avihingsanon of Thailand 21-13, 19-21, 21-19, in the second round today.Winning start for Chong Wei

Daren was forced to work hard for his 17-21, 21-15, 22-20 win over Sai Praneet of India and plays Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam, who defeated Frenchman Brice Leverdez 21-19, 21-19 next.

Wei Feng upset fifth seed Kenichi Tago of Japan 8-21, 21-16, 21-17 and will have a quarter-final showdown with Chong Wei if he overcomes Ajay Jayaram of India today.


Hidayat to call it quits next year (pic)

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Published: 20 September 2012
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TOKYO - Athens Olympic gold medallist Taufik Hidayat revealed Thursday that he will retire next year, as he reached the quarter-finals at the Japan Open.

"After the (London) Olympics, I decided to play 10 more tournaments and this is the first one. I will retire after the Indonesian Open next year," said the Indonesian seventh seed after beating Japan's Akira Koga 21-11, 21-10.

Hidayat, 31, who has yet to win a title this season, added: "I'm satisfied that I can still compete in a big tournament like this.

"For sure I haven't won this tournament, but I reached the final three times before. I know I have a better chance because of the withdrawals of the Chinese players, but I'm not in my best form.

"I'm going to try to take my chances as far as possible and get the best possible result in my last Japan Open."

Hidayat remained on course for a probable semi-final encounter against top-seeded Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who whipped Victor Axelsen of Denmark 21-10, 21-12.


Badminton-Big deal for Nehwal underlines sport's growth in India

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Published: 20 September 2012
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Top Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has signed a three-year deal worth a reported $7.4 million with a sports management company, underlining badminton's growth in the otherwise cricket-crazy country.

The only non-Chinese in the top five of women's badminton, Nehwal won a bronze in this year's London Olympics and capped the celebrations by signing a contract with Rhiti Sports that makes her India's highest paid sportsperson outside cricket.

"With Rhiti's background and credibility, they know how to balance things and that is a big plus point," Nehwal said in a media release.

According to Wednesday's Indian Express newspaper, the three-year deal with the company which also manages Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is worth 400 million Indian rupees.

"We're very thrilled with the base amount and it's an honour since she's the first non-cricket athlete they've taken on," Nehwal's father Harvir Singh told the newspaper.

"We are proud to be associated with someone who is not only a youth icon for women in the country but has also done a lot for badminton as a sport," said Arun Pandey, chairman and managing director of Rhiti Sports.

"She has placed India on the world map for badminton and changed the outlook of people in India towards the sport."

($1 = 54.055 Indian rupees)

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BAM settles for a manager

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Published: 20 September 2012
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THE BA of Malaysia (BAM), while stating it has been a futile attempt to identify a chief coach, is in favour of appointing a local as the project manager to run its 2016, 2020 and 2024 projects.

The BAM executive committee, chaired by president Datuk Seri Nadzmi Salleh, has given the nod for an individual with managerial skills and sufficient technical knowledge to take up the post. Nadzmi stressed that the candidate will be given absolute authority, his responsibilities will be clearly spelt out and will be accountable for the success or failure of the entire programme.

The 2016 structure will see Rashid Sidek and Tan Kim Her as the overall singles and doubles chief coaches of the elite squads while the new project manager's views will be considered before naming the head coach of the 2016 project which will consist of Under-21 players.

The 2020 squad will be based at the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) while the 2024 project will focus on talents at the state level. It will be the job of the project manager to oversee the entire programme.


Chinese miss Japan Open as diplomatic row rages

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Published: 20 September 2012
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China has withdrawn its badminton players from this week's Japan Open and a Japanese cycling team has been kicked out of a race in China amid a worsening political crisis over disputed islands.

Yoshio Sekine, vice-chairman of the Japan Badminton Association, confirmed on Sept. 18 that the players from China had pulled out of the tournament.

"Chinese athletes cancelled their appearance in this tournament, which is unfortunate," he said at a Japan Open news conference, without discussing the motives for their withdrawal.

"However, there are still a lot of good athletes in this tournament and I am sure they will put on a good performance."

Another official at the event said that while he had not heard any specific reason for their absence "some sort of political reason could be suspected."

A long-standing dispute over an uninhabited group of islands in the East China Sea -- known as the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China -- took a fresh twist on Sept. 18 after two Japanese activists landed on one of the islands.




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