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Published: 03 June 2009
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The Mittal Champions Trust, which is preparing athletes for the 2012 London Olympics, foresees a bright future for India. By Kamesh Srinivasan.

Indian sport is taking the small steps towards breaking the big barriers. The Mittal Champions Trust (MCT), launched three years ago with a modest investment of $10 million by steel baron Lakshmi Niwas Mittal, had played a significant role in helping Abhinav Bindra nail the elusive individual Olympic gold at the Beijing Games.Remarkable progress... Saina is eager to stay in the top-10 in the world rankings..

 

Saina sounds cautious before the Singapore Open

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Published: 03 June 2009
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New Delhi, June 3 (PTI) She might be in red-hot form after her successful stint in the Sudirman Cup but ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal is not setting any goal for the upcoming south-east Asia tour, starting with the USD 200,000 Singapore Open Super Series from June 9-14.
The 20-year-old Hyderabadi, who won all her matches during the Sudirman Cup in China last month, will play three super series tournament -- Singapore Open, Indonesian Open and Malaysian Open -- as a part of the tour this month.

However, the world number seven, sounded cautious and said she would look to gain some confidence from the tournaments before the much-important World badminton Champion in August in Hyderabad.

"I have set no goals, I am not thinking about making the quarterfinals or semifinals. I just want to go there and play and win some good matches and get my confidence going before the world championship," Saina told PTI.

Seeded sixth, Saina has a relatively easier draw in the Singapore Open as she takes on a qualifier in the opener but the world number 7 feels her opponent would be in an advantageous position.

"I am playing a qualifier in the opener but I wouldn't take her lightly. She would be in an advantageous position because she would be knowing the conditions well after playing in the qualifying rounds, So it would be tough," Saina said.

 
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Chinese stars RP Open badminton top draws

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Published: 03 June 2009
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MANILA, Philippines - Powerhouse China is sending a crack 29-player delegation, led by former world junior champion Chen Long in the Bingo Bonanza Philippine Open Grand Prix badminton championships on July 1 to 5 at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

The Chinese are expected to dominate their counterparts from seven countries who have confirmed their participation in the tournament that stakes $120,000 in prize money.

Chen will be China's brightest hope in the singles event, where he will be joined by compatriots Zhou Wenlong, Du Pengyu, Gao Huan and Lu Qiching.

The world's greatest badminton nation will be spearheaded by Jiang Yanjiao, Wang Xin, Wang Shixian and Li Xuerui in the women's singles.

Albee Benitez, president of the tournament's main sponsor, Bingo Bonanza, said England, Vietnam, Germany, Canada, Wales and Malaysia are also fielding entries in the annual event.

Also expected to confirm their stint in the next few days are Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, India, Chinese-Taipei, Japan, Russia and Macau, said Benitez.

"We have invited many more players outside Asia, so we're expecting a really exciting event," he added.

This marks the third time in four years that Bingo Bonanza is staging the premier championships. The company did not stage a tournament last year because of the Beijing Olympics.

 
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Taiwan to stage 2011 World Junior Badminton Championships

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Published: 03 June 2009
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Taipei, June 2 (CNA) The Chinese-Taipei Badminton Association (CTBA) has won the right to host the 2011 World Junior Badminton Championships in Taiwan, CTBA President Kuo Jeng-liang announced Tuesday.

It will be Taiwan's first opportunity to host an international badminton championship and this event is expected to boost the country's international visibility, Kuo said at a news conference.

The association won the bid at the annual general meeting of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) in late May, according to Kuo.

He also said that CTBA Vice President Wu Chun-yen became the first Taiwanese ever to be elected to the BWF Board of Directors, gaining 207 of the 231 valid votes cast during the meeting.

The international badminton event will attract the participation of a large number of athletes from 30-40 countries, Kuo said, adding that he will lobby for other international badminton competitions and BWF board meetings to be held in Taiwan.

Wu also exhorted Taiwan's young badminton players to practice hard in order to perform outstandingly when the country hosts the international event.

 
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China's Supremacy Can Hamper M'sian Gold Quest At 2012 Olympics: Razif

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Published: 29 May 2009
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PETALING JAYA, May 29 (Bernama) -- Former national doubles ace Razif Sidek feels the huge gap between China and Malaysia may turn out to be a major hurdle for our shuttlers to win gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics.

"In my opinion, when we compare our physical, tactical and management system with China, there is a vast difference. In fact, China are in a class of their own.

"Something is not right or there is something that we do not know because since former doubles specialist Li Yongbo took over as the Chinese head coach 15 years ago, they have been at the peak ever since," he told reporters here Friday.

He added that the gap was evident during Malaysia's 0-3 loss to China in the semi-finals of the Sudirman Cup held in Guangzhou two weeks ago.

"We need to learn how China remains a power for the past 15 years. Why not appoint former world class Chinese players as coaches here so as to help reduce the disparity," he said.

Razif, winner of a bronze medal in the men's doubles of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with his brother Jalani was also part of the Malaysian team that won the Thomas Cup in 1992.

He added that during that period, Malaysia had three Chinese coaches who had a good knowledge of how the Chinese players were preparing and helped our players with such information.

"I don't think we can match that era now and to do that we need the expertise of Chinese coaches or ex-players," he said.

Razif said he was not questioning the credibility or integrity of the current coaches in the country or even from Indonesia but Malaysia must look at a training system for the future, one that can help improve and sustain for 10 to 15 years.

China are now a superpower in badminton, simply too strong for the others, because they have many world class players, both in the men and women events, compared with other countries, he said.

 

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