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Good bye ... and good luck, Hendrawan

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Published: 03 June 2009
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Never question his nationalism, but for Indonesia's badminton coach, Hendrawan, enough is enough. Money, challenges and disappointments were the key factors leading to his recent resignation, from his position as the national coach for men's singles at the Indonesian Badminton Center in Cipayung, East Jakarta.

Hendrawan's decision was not without strong opposition. His fans immediately sent responses to his Facebook account. Most of them asked if he had lost his "love for Indonesia". Others wished him good luck in his new job training Malaysia's young players for the 2012 Olympics.

"Life is about making choices. But many people still can't understand why I have chosen to move to Malaysia," Hendrawan said Wednesday.

Hendrawan had only recently received his Republic of Indonesia Citizenship Certificate (SBKRI) in 2002, after then President Megawati Soekarnoputri intervened personally and ordered officials at the Justice and Human Rights Ministry push his paperwork forward. He had presented Indonesia with a silver medal at the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games, a silver at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, a 2001 World Champion title and Thomas Cup men's team badminton championship titles three times.

Hence, Hendrawan wrote in his Facebook account, "Never question my nationalism."

Moving to Malaysia was not an easy decision for him to make. Hendrawan had asked for advice from his seniors - ranging from one of the country's badminton legends, Tan Joe Hock, motivator Andrie Wongso and his former physical trainer, Paulus Pasurney - to friends and some journalists.

The offer had come in 2005 with Malaysia setting its hopes on the 2012 London Olympics. The neighboring country has so far earned silver medals in the quadrennial event - in 1996 in the men's doubles with Yap Kim Hock and Cheah Soon Kit, and in 2008 in the men's singles with Lee Chong Wei.

But Hendrawan, who became a women's singles coach in 2004, before switching to the men's singles in 2008, had turned down the offer because he had already promised himself to help his prot*g*es earn a medal at the Olympics. And he did help Maria Kristin Yulianti spoil China's ambition to clean sweep all medals in the women's singles in Beijing.

 

Saina aims to break into the top 5 by year end (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 June 2009
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Expressing happiness over achieving seventh position in the current world rankings, ace badminton player Saina Nehwal on Monday said she aims to break into the top five by the end of the year.

"This ranking is really amazing. I could not believe that I am in 7th position so fast. But my main aim is to be in the top five by the end of the year. I just want to work even more harder and win matches consistently," she told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

"I am fully fit and eager to give my best for the coming tournaments," she said.

The ace player would play at the superseries events in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia during June.

Saina was presented the Most Promising Player of the World award of the Badminton World Federation here by V K Verma, president of Badminton Association of India.

 
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In champions it trusts (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
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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Category: Badminton News
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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Category: Badminton News
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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