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Malaysia badminton team nets $14 mln sponsorship (pic)

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Published: 06 July 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR — A major bank has struck a record $13.7 million sponsorship deal with Malaysia's badminton team in the hope it propels the country to its first Olympic gold medal in any sport.

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) general manager Kenny Goh told AFP that the Maybank cash injection will be used to secure an "elusive" first Olympic gold at London 2012 and create a new pool of players.A major bank has struck a record $13.7 million sponsorship deal with Malaysia's badminton team

"This is the biggest sum of money we have ever received. The money will be used to develop our elite team and create new talents," Goh said.

Maybank replaces automaker Proton as the BAM's main sponsor for six years, although Proton will also continue their sponsorship deal for the next five years with an annual contribution of $666,112.

Badminton is a popular sport in Malaysia but the country has fallen behind mighty China and neighbouring Indonesia in recent years.

World number one Lee Chong Wei, 28, is Malaysia's biggest hope for Olympic gold, but he plans to quit after London and BAM are looking to groom a new set of superstars.

 
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Lee Meng Yean and Chow Mei Kuan willing to clinch title in National Junior GP Finals (pic)

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Published: 18 May 2011
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Lee Meng Yean and Chow Mei Kuan willing to clinch title in National Junior GP Finals – Badminton news

Malaysia’s young pair of Lee Meng Yean and Chow Mei Kuan is willing to clinch the Girl’s Doubles title in the 100 Plus National Junior GP Finals, starting from today on May 18, at Bukit Kiara, Malaysia.

Lee Meng and Chow Mei made their presence felt by defeating more senior pairs and grabbing the title at last month’s 2011 Kuala Lumpur Open. The duo is determined to continue their winning run in the National Junior event.Lee Meng Yean and Chow Mei Kuan willing to clinch title in National Junior GP Finals

Lee Meng said, “Our target is to win the Under-18 doubles title in the GP Finals. Anything less will be considered a failure. Last year, we won the Under-16 title. This time around we are aiming to go one step better to show that we are moving up the ranks.”

While talking about their victory in the Kuala Lumpur Open, Lee Meng said, “Winning the KL Open last month was a good breakthrough but we have not let the victory get to our heads. Instead, we train even harder to improve on our game.”

 
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High-riding pair now eye GP Finals title (pic)

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Published: 18 May 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR: The tenacious pair of Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean are out to prove that they mean business in the 100Plus National Junior Circuit Grand Prix Finals, which begin today at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara here.

The 17-year-old Bukit Jalil Sports School girls first came to prominence when they defeated a field of more experienced shuttlers with a spirited display to win their first senior title at the Kuala Lumpur Open last month.Good appetite: Chaw Mei Kuan and Lee Meng Yean (foreground) won the KL Open last month.

And they are out to prove that the success was no fluke but a result of hard work.

“Our target is to win the Under-18 doubles title in the GP Finals. Anything less will be considered a failure,” said Meng Yean, who hails from Malacca.

“Last year, we won the Under-16 title. This time around we are aiming to go one step better to show that we are moving up the ranks.

“Winning the KL Open last month was a good breakthrough but we have not let the victory get to our heads. Instead, we train even harder to improve on our game.”

 
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World badminton branded 'sexist and dated' over women's dress ruling (pic)

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Published: 17 May 2011
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World badminton's attempts to glamorise the sport with a mandatory rule for women to wear skirts have been branded "dated and sexist" by one of Scotland's leading mixed doubles players.

The Badminton World Federation's new dress code was due to come into effect from Sunday - the start date for Olympic qualification - requiring all female players to wear skirts or dresses "to ensure attractive presentation".

However the BWF has now pushed back the new dress code until June 1 after criticism from players and governing bodies. Skirting the issue: Indian shuttlers Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa

Some players believe that the ruling will hamper their movement on court while Pakistan officials say that it contradicts the country's religious principles.

Those who fail to play tournaments under the new rules will be fined $250, though players may continue to wear shorts but underneath a skirt.

Leading the calls for women to have freedom in what they can wear on court, Bankier, currently inside the world's top 20 with English partner Chris Adcock, told Telegraph Sport: "You can't make demands like that to make women more glamorous.

"It is our right to choose what to wear on court and I will certainly fight to make sure this dated and simply sexist rule doesn't happen.

"It is ridiculous; tennis certainly doesn't have this problem so why should we have to put up with it."

 
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London 2012 Olympics: GB badminton play down Games medal chances (pic)

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Published: 17 May 2011
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British badminton's new performance director has admitted that winning medals for Team GB at London 2012 is a "tough ask".

Jens Grill was last week handed the task of driving Great Britain's team – a mix of experience and youth – towards the Olympics after Andy Wood quit his post in December.

The Dane, who has twice worked for Badminton England in coaching roles over the last decade, takes over after last year's poor showing at the All England Championships, where there were no home seeded players for the first time in the competition's history.Prospect: Rajiv Ouseph (centre) is considered a "great prospect" by Jens Grill

Badminton England has been heavily criticised for recent performances and, following several high-profile retirements, doubles specialist Anthony Wood claimed Britain had fallen behind in the sport.

However Grill told Telegraph Sport: "I think that was a very a strong statement. There are always going to be ups and downs.

"We can't expect to get top players every year and a superstar doesn't come through like that. Even in Denmark that doesn't happen.

"There is clearly a gap between those who have won medals in the past and those we are looking at to win tournaments in the future. But we now have some younger players who are not too far away from that."

Those players include Rajiv Ouseph, ranked 19 in the world for men's singles, and women's doubles specialist Gabby White. Both have come through the national set-up.

 
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