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"Dronacharya means responsibility" said Pullela Gopichand (pic)

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Published: 21 July 2009
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"Dronacharya means responsibility"

Former India badminton player Pullela Gopichand spoke exclusively to espnstar.com's Garima Verma on a range of issues.

Responsibility is a word big enough to deepen the lines on even the smartest of the foreheads. A word big enough to produce a hint of the same on even an often saintly-looking Pullela Gopichand, whose demeanour otherwise verges on indifference.

The former badminton player and now a celebrated coach, Gopichand, has been chosen for the prestigious Dronacharya award this year and his apprentice, Saina Nehwal, for the Arjuna.

 

WBF official happy with preparations

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Published: 21 July 2009
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HYDERABAD: The World Badminton Federation secretary-general Stuart Borrie, does not expect the organisers of the World Badminton Championship to face many hassles.

He was here to review the preparations for the mega event to be held between August 10 and 16.

“Everything is on track and it should be a highly successful event,” he said.

“Since the event itself has its own significance ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the sincerity on part of the organising committee to complement the efforts of the BWF to make it a grand success is pretty discernible.

“The success of India Open here early this year was proof of their organisational skills. And this World championship is only one, big step further to let India join the elite group of hosting an event of such magnitude,” he said.

 
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YONEX-Sunrise Present The Draw Ceremony For BWF World Championships 2009

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Published: 21 July 2009
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Team India Gear gets Unveiled on the Occasion

New Delhi, Delhi, India, Tuesday, July 21, 2009 -- (Business Wire India)
   
With the first ever World Championships event to happen In India, YONEX-Sunrise the title presenters of the BWF World Championships’09 in association with BAI and BWF announced today the results of the draw for the tournament to take place in Hyderabad in August this year. The event was inaugurated by none other than the Chief Guest and Sports Minister, Dr. M.S. Gill. Also, present on the occasion were other eminent personalities from the sports fraternity to make the draw announcements at Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi followed by the unveiling of Team India uniforms!

 
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Fresh Hui Ern-Pei Jing combo an instant hit

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Published: 20 July 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia need not despair. Ng Hui Ern and Lai Pei Jing have breathed new life into the girls’ doubles department following their promising display in the Asian Junior Championships at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara.

The pair, forged just days before the tournament began, fell to China’s Xia Huan-Tang Jinhua 25-23, 15-21, 15-21 in the semi-finals on Saturday.

But they did enough to make Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) doubles coach Yap Kim Hock purring with delight, saying he saw a good understanding between the two and that he might even consider keeping them as a pair permanently.

“They played very well, showing good fighting spirit even though they were paired up just before the tournament began,” he said, adding that the girls’ achievement was something to be proud of since Malaysia did not even make it to the quarter-finals last year.

“I may keep them as a pair and split up the partnership of Hui Ern-Ong Boon Hui because Hui Ern is performing a lot better with Pei Jing.”

Kim Hock also said Hui Ern-Pei Jing showed heaps of improvements in their game.

“But they need to improve more on their technique in order to have a better control of their game,” he noted.

 
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Iskandar has the potential to live up to his name (pic)

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Published: 20 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: In Bahasa Malaysia Alexander the Great is known as Iskandar Zulkarnain.

Unfortunately, unlike the ancient Greek king, Malaysian youngster Iskandar failed to attain greatness in his last Asian Junior Championships, which ended at Stadium Juara on Sunday, after going down in the final to China’s Tian Houwei.

But the disappointment of letting slip an opportunity to be the country’s first Asian junior singles champion is only expected to fuel the fire in Iskandar to conquer the world of badminton one day.Painful loss: Iskandar Zulkarnain broke down when he failed to win the Asian junior title on Sunday.

It is rare to see boys cry in public but the 18-year-old Iskandar showed how much the Asian junior title meant to him when he broke down in the arms of his father Zainuddin after the painful defeat on Sunday.

 

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