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Badminton World Federation give all clear to world championships

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Published: 17 April 2009
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The Badminton World Federation, the sport’s ruling body, has given security clearance for the world championships to be staged in India in August.

Security consultants inspected the venue in the southern city of Hyderabad in February and the BWF gave the all clear after the report was presented to its executive board last month. The championships will take place from Aug 10 to 16.

Security in the sub-continent has been called into question following the ambush of the Sri Lanka cricket team bus in Lahore, Pakistan last month, which killed seven Pakistanis and wounded six players.

Hyderabad staged an incident-free India Open last month where Indonesia’s former world and 2004 Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat won the men's title. However security concerns of playing in India still remain.

Last month Lord Coe, the London 2012 chairman, said that next year's Commonwealth Games in New Delhi should go ahead as planned.

Meanwhile, Tennis Australia has requested the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to switch the May 8-10 Asia-Oceania zonal Davis Cup tie scheduled in Chennai out of India over security concerns.

The Australian Commonwealth Games Association has also raised concerns over sending the contingent to next year's games in New Delhi in the wake of the attack in Lahore.

 

 

 
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China dominate Asia badminton championships (pic)

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Published: 13 April 2009
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SEOUL (AFP) — China swept three titles at the 2009 Badminton Asia Championships in South Korea on Sunday, proving yet again they are a virtually unbeatable force in world badminton.Bao Chunlai of China returns the shuttlecock to his compatriot Chen Long

There was however some home joy, with South Korea's Olympic mixed doubles champion pair of Lee Yong-Dae and Lee Hyo-Jung prevailing in an all-Korean final at the event in Suwon, just outside Seoul.

 
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BAM is considering taking chefs to Hyderabad (pic)

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Published: 13 April 2009
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CHEFS may have to board the flight to Hyderabad, India for the World Badminton Championships on Aug 10-16. Bao Chunlai beat Chen Long 16-21, 21-10, 21-16 at the Asian Championships.

Their mission in India will be to prepare local food for the national shuttlers, a step the BA of Malaysia (BAM) is considering after the Lee Chong Wei's food poisoning experience at last month's India Open, also in Hyderabad.

Chong Wei, the World No 1, blamed an upset stomach for his first round loss to China's Chen Long.

BAM president Datuk Nadzmi Salleh said the association will provide the best for the Hyderabad-bound players.
 
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Markis and Hendra show they are back to their best by bagging ABC title

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Published: 13 April 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Olympic champions Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia showed that they are back at their best by winning the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC) men’s doubles title in Suwon, South Korea, yesterday.

The world No. 1 and top seeds took 36 minutes to beat South Koreans Ko Sung-hyun-Yoo Yeon-seong 21-18, 26-24 in the final to claim their first title this year.

Markis and Hendra had skipped the tournaments in Europe — All-England and Swiss Open — in March due to the former’s poor condition following a knee injury.

The duo’s return to form is timely as they gear up for the defence of the World Championships in Hyderabad from Aug 10-16.

In the men’s singles, Bao Chunlai fended off a stiff challenge from world junior champion and compatriot Chen Long before prevailing with a 16-21, 21-10, 21-16 win in 55 minutes.

It was Chunlai’s second title after the German Open in March and his success yesterday will certainly help his cause to improve on his world ranking, which is currently at No. 12.

 
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Rashid to take action against back-up shuttlers who flopped in ABC (pic)

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Published: 13 April 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Two immediate actions will be taken against the national elite back-up shuttlers following their wishy-washy performances in the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC), which ended in Suwon, South Korea, yesterday.

National chief coach Rashid Sidek will cut down on the number of international tournaments for the four second liners — Tan Chun Seang, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif, Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren. He also wants to make it compulsory for them to attend a weekly motivation class.No-nonsense approach: National chief coach Rashid Sidek giving a stern word to elite back-up shuttler Daren Liew during the Malaysian Open in January.

 

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