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Rashid wants camaraderie in Thomas Cup cast

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Published: 07 April 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: There is no place for individual heroes in the squad gearing up for the Thomas-Uber Cup Finals, which will be held at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil from May 9-16.

National chief coach Rashid Sidek wants to have camaraderie among the players ahead of the world premier team events for men and women.

There will be a three-day motivation camp in Port Dickson from April 23-25 and it will be conducted by National Sports Institute’s (NSI) mental trainer Frederick Tan.

The players will also mingle over dinner and participate in fun games for two days on April 21 and 22.

Rashid, who was a member of the Malaysian team who last won the Thomas Cup Finals in 1992, said that team unity was the key to success.

 
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Chong Wei’s All-England final T-shirt nets RM1,400

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Published: 07 April 2010
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PETALING JAYA: The T-shirt Lee Chong Wei wore in the All-England final last month has been auctioned off for US$437 (RM1,400).

The world No. 1 defeated Kenichi Tago of Japan to emerge as the 100th All-England men’s singles champion.

The auction was carried out by Solidarity Badminton Foundation (Solibad) and the money raised will be used to help under-privileged children.

 
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Dangerous Japan can spoil Malaysia’s ABC party

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Published: 07 April 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: Japan are never really a force to be reckoned with in the men’s singles event in the past.

But their future generation of players are going great guns and they are set to spoil the party for Malaysia’s Tan Chun Seang and Chong Wei Feng in the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC), which will be held in New Delhi from April 12-18.

Chun Seang will take on Kazushi Yamada while Wei Feng faces Kenichi Tago in the opening round respectively.

Kazushi defeated Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia in the second round of the Swiss Open last month while Tago showed his prowess when he took down China giants Chen Jin and Bao Chunlai before bowing out to world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei in the final of the All-England last month. Both Kazushi and Tago are not only younger but they are also ranked higher than the Malaysians, who have yet to achieve any breakthrough since they joined the back-up squad five years ago.

 
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Pak players yet to receive Indian visas for Asian Badminton Championship (pic)

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Published: 07 April 2010
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Lahore, Apr.7: Pakistani badminton players are yet to receive visas for India where they are scheduled to participate in the Asian Badminton Championship.

The championship is scheduled to be held in New Delhi from April 12 to 18, and the Pakistani team is scheduled to leave on April 10, but the players have not received their visas yet.

The Pakistani contingent, which would include players like Wajid Ali, Umar Zeeshan, Rizwan Azam, Kashif Sulehri, Palwasha Basher and Sara Khan, would be going to the event without a professional coach, The News reports.

The Pakistan badminton team lacks proper preparation as no training camp was organised prior to the coveted tournament.

 
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I am not thinking about No. 1 spot yet: Saina (pic)

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Published: 29 March 2010
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Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal is just 20. But she has achieved what no other Indian woman has ever accomplished- zoomed into the top-five of the world. She has broken the Chinese hegemony of the sport and established herself as one of the top icons in India. She idolizes tennis ace Roger Federer and wants to emulate his feats on the badminton court. In a candid chat with Zeenews.com’s Biswajit Jha, Saina told that she wants to take it one step at a time; and winning as many tournaments, not the No. 1 ranking, is her priority as of now.
Saina Nehwal
You have broken into the top five of the world…did you ever dreamt of this when you started playing badminton?

To be honest, I did not expect to break into the top-five so early. But, anyway, I am so happy that I reached top five. It’s a dream come true for me.

What are your next targets?

My next targets are - breaking into top-three rankings in the world and winning as many tournaments as possible. I want to do well in Delhi Commonwealth Games as well.

Are you sure you’re not looking for the No. 1 rank?

Not yet. I want to achieve milestones, one at a time.

 

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