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Year of the Snake duo eye spots in World Championships (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 February 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Men’s doubles partner Lim Khim Wah and Goh V Shem were born in the Year of the Snake and enjoyed quite a fruitful time in the just-ended Year of the Dragon.

But now that the Year of the Snake is back, the duo are hoping that their partnership will be even more successful.

The 23-year-olds did not drop a single game in all their six wins as they inspired the Malaysian Tigers Badminton Club to reach the final of the Indonesian Super League on Saturday.Confident: Men’s doubles pair Goh V Shem (right) and Lim Khim Wah are hoping that their partnership will be even more successful in the Year of the Snake.

The duo also put up a creditable show to reach the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Korean and Malaysian Opens last month.

This clearly shows that their partnership is well and truly back on track after they had gone separate ways for six months last year.

And now, the duo are determined to confirm their tickets for the World Championships in Guangzhou, China, by continuing with their good show in the German Open (Feb 26-March 3), All-England (March 5-10) and Swiss Open (March 12-17).


Chin Chai hopes BWF will offer prize money for world meet

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 February 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) have declared that they will be making “tens of millions” in revenue from commercial rights in the next cycle from 2014-2018.

And Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) secretary Ng Chin Chai hoped that they would channel some of it to the annual World Championships as prize money in a bid to make the tournament more appealing.

This year’s World Championships will be held in Guangzhou in August while Denmark will host it next year.

The world meet is held annually, except for the Olympic Games year, and is the second most prestigious tournament in the BWF’s calendar after the Olympics.

The world meet, however, does not offer prize money.


Tigers go down fighting in Surabaya (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 February 2013
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MALAYSIA Tigers' hopes of becoming the first foreign team to win the Djarum Superliga was dashed by Musica Champion who prevailed with a 3-2 victory in the final in Surabaya yesterday.

Tigers had beaten Musica Champions with the same margin in the group stage on Monday but the hosts held their nerves to secure the title after a five-hour battle.Malaysia Tigers’ Chong Wei Feng defeated Musica Champion’s Lee Hyun Il 21-15, 21-19 yesterday.

Musica were heading for an easy victory after securing the first singles through Tommy Sugiarto who defeated Liew Daren 11-21, 21-14, 21-16.

Rian Sukmawan-Rendra Wijaya pressed the advantage when they beat Tan Wee Kiong-Hoon Thien How 16-21, 21-19, 21-11 but Chong Wei Feng ensured Tigers were not ready to bow out without a fight.


No Lin Dan for All England (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 04 February 2013
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ALL ENGLAND: With other challengers around, Chong Wei can’t take things for granted


LIN Dan’s absence from the All England in Birmingham is of no concern to Lee Chong Wei as the World No 1 just wants to focus on his preparations for the March  5-10 championships. 
Lin Dan, who has not played since beating Chong Wei in the London Olympics final last August, was supposed to make his return in Birmingham but  withdrew  on Thursday. Lin Dan was granted six months leave by the China BA after the Olympics.
With Chong Wei having started the season by winning the Korea and Malaysia Open titles, he is the favourite for a third All England crown but the two-time Olympic silver medallist said he will have to tread carefully. 
Despite Lin Dan’s omission, China’s young guns Chen Long, Du Pengyu and Chen Jin will be looking to deny Chong Wei and prove they are capable of carrying the challenge while there are also other potential challengers from other countries.  
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Playing it safe this time (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 04 February 2013
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EXTRA CAREFUL: Kim Her makes early plans to pick only the best for World Championships

TAN Kim Her, who received  much  flak for the failure of the back-up pairs to qualify for the 2011 World Championships, has made early plans to ensure three national men's  pairs make the cut on merit for the major event this year.Professionals Gan Teik Chai-Tan Bin Shen were left disappointed when the BA of Malaysia (BAM) opted for Zakry Latif-Hoon Thien How, who were ranked lower, to join Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong for the tournament in London.

The incident put the national team in bad light and Kim Her, in particular, was under pressure as none of his back-up pairs managed to make it to the top 24 to earn automatic qualification.Goh V Shem (right) and Lim Khim Wah resumed their partnership in January after a six-month split.

Kim Her, the chief doubles coach, does not want this to happen again. Kien Keat-Boon Heong, ranked World No 2, will have Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, ranked World No 10, for company at the World Championships in Guangzhou on Aug 4-11.




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