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London Olympic: Late schedule changes infuriate badminton players

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Published: 27 July 2012
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LONDON  - Sweeping late changes to the schedule of the Olympic badminton tournament, prompted by an "oversight", infuriated players on Friday.

"It's bad. It's not right," said Polish men's doubles player Michal Logosz after organizers announced that some 60 percent of the matches, mostly in the doubles draws, would be affected by the changes to the tournament which starts on Saturday.

"It's the most important competition. It's crazy that they can't do the draw how they are supposed to," said German doubles player Johannes Schoettler.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) apologized to the players after it emerged that the original schedule published on Wednesday had not followed the competition regulations as agreed with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

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London Olympic: What to expect at London Olympics' Opponents (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 July 2012
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The best person will win the game

Opponents always meet on the field. Chinese badminton player Lin Dan will meet his old opponent Lee Chongwei from Malaysia at 2012 London Olympic Games.
Lee Chong Wei V.S Lin Dan
In terms of ability, both have been being the champions of men's badminton singles for many years and both are frequent competitors of the badminton finals. No other badminton players can catch up with them so far.

As for fame, Lin is the only Chinese among the 11 Olympic stars recommended by the U.S. Associated Press while Lee is awarded the title of "honorary major" and is the hope of Malaysia.


London Olympic: Chasing a dream (pic)

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Published: 27 July 2012
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SOLE TARGET: Chong Wei out to mangle China stranglehold and win an Olympic bonanza in London

NO matter what condition he is in,Lee Chong Wei is Malaysia’s best bet for a medal in the London Olympics beginning tomorrow.

The silver medal will surely be his had Chong Wei not suffered an ankle injury during the Thomas Cup Finals in Wuhan in May and he would have a fair shot at gold.Lee Chong Wei

However, the injury had taken about six weeks to heal and with just four weeks of training before the Olympics, it would be a difficult task to take on his nemesis, Lin Dan of China in a much anticipated final at Wembley Arena on Aug 5.

Lin Dan is probably in the form of his life and is more experienced and confident than he was in the Beijing Olympics four years ago.


London Olympic: Challenging for honours (pic)

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Published: 27 July 2012
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OLYMPIC GLORY: The world has not seen the best of Malaysian athletes... yet


LONDON: THERE are two potential scenarios for Malaysia in London 2012 --  bettering the high of Atlanta '96 or faring as badly as the contingent that went to Athens '04, which led to former NST sports editor Lazarus Rokk calling it the nation's own Greek tragedy.

Athens '04 led to a massive overhaul how athletes were prepared for major meets and the results were seen in Beijing four years later, which resulted in a 12-year-wait for a medal ending with Lee Chong Wei winning silver.Malaysian athletes have genuine reasons to be optimistic that medals will be won by them in London.

While that was to be Malaysia's biggest achievement in the 2008 Games, there were some other notable results achieved in archery, cycling and diving and four years later, athletes from these sports are all in the running for medals in London.

Malaysians are a pessimistic bunch when it comes to sport and they have every right to be but we must, as the curtains go up on London 2012, be proud that progress has been made and we have genuine reasons to be optimistic that medals will be won.


London Olympic: Chong Wei still scrambling to be fit for first match against Lang

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MALAYSIA’S Lee Chong Wei, one of the few genuine threats to China’s ambitions in the men’s badminton, is still scrambling to be fit for his first-round match at the London Games after suffering a serious ankle injury.

“I’m not 100% recovered. I feel I’m training better and now about 90% recovered,” the former world No. 1 said at the Wembley Arena. “I know there is a lot of pressure but now I feel less pressure because of my injury.

“But this is my third Olympics and my final Olympics so gold is very important to me and my career.”




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