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Chong Wei: Birthday celebrations to wait (pic)

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Published: 15 October 2013
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ODENSE (Denmark): World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is putting his birthday celebrations on hold – at least until he completes the Denmark Open.

Chong Wei’s 31st birthday is on Oct 21 – a day after the final of the Denmark Open.

And the two-time Olympic silver medallist has pledged to focus solely on the tournament. He will wait until he goes to Paris for the French Open before celebrating his birthday.Lee Chong Wei: 'For now, my main focus is to prepare myself well before I take to the court. My condition has been good so far and I’ve been training well.

An extra incentive for him to do so is the fact that his family – wife Wong Mew Choo and son Kingston – will meet up with him in Paris for the celebrations.

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Badminton Denmark Open kicks off

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Published: 15 October 2013
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COPENHAGEN, Oct. 15  -- The Denmark Open badminton tournament opened in Odense, central Denmark, on Tuesday, featuring a strong line-up of Chinese athletes.

The 400,000 U.S. dollar Super Series Premier event has attracted 271 players from 28 countries or regions.

The men's singles event provides a star line-up of competitors, with Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei as the top seed, followed by China's Chen Long and Du Pengyu.

The women's singles features China's Li Xuerui, London Olympics gold medalist, along with Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon and German's Juliane Schenk.

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East Asian Games: China misses badminton clean-sweep

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Published: 15 October 2013
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China missed out on a clean sweep of badminton golds at the East Asian Games but locked up the remaining table tennis titles to stretch their big lead in the medals table Sunday.

World number three Du Pengyu beat Wang Zhengming 22-20, 21-17 to win the men's singles badminton and Han Li upstaged ex-number one Wang Shixian in another all-Chinese final for the women's title.

China also won the mixed and women's doubles but Lee Sheng-mu and Tsai Chia-hsin crashed the hosts' party when they beat fellow Taiwanese Chen Hung-ling and Lu Chia-pin to win the men's doubles.

China won all five badminton golds at the 2012 Olympics, despite a fixing scandal involving two of their players, but surprisingly won only two titles at this year's world championships on home soil.

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High Court seeks info on shuttlers selected in national team by Badminton Association of India (pic)

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Published: 15 October 2013
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A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice M S Sanklecha sought the affidavit while hearing an application made by shuttler Prajakta Sawant stating that BAI's selection committee headed by chief national coach Pullela Gopichand was not selecting her.
 

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed Badminton Association of India (BAI) to file an affidavit indicating the performance of those shuttlers selected for the national team to participate in upcoming international tournaments.High Court seeks info on shuttlers selected in national team by Badminton Association of India
A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice M S Sanklecha sought the affidavit while hearing an application made by shuttler Prajakta Sawant stating that BAI's selection committee headed by chief national coach Pullela Gopichand (in pic) was not selecting her.

Sawant had earlier in a petition alleged mental harassment by Gopichand after she was refused entry to the All India National Coaching Camp in Hyderabad. She had also claimed Gopichand promoted players from his own private academy.

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BAM does it again

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Published: 12 October 2013
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PUZZLING MOVE: Tengku Mahaleel postpones the announcement on new men's doubles

BADMINTON Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff prevented coaches Paulus Firman and Pang Cheh Chang from revealing the new men's doubles combinations to the media yesterday.

Tengku Mahaleel offered a perplexing "No, no, no" when reporters turned up at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara waiting for the announcement.

The men's doubles pairings were supposed to have been announced yesterday but Tengku Mahaleel gave no explanation for his silence before retreating into a corner for a discussion with the doubles coaches.

With the exception of the two main doubles pairs of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, a reshuffle of the other pairings were expected yesterday.

But the latest media snub is just one of several missteps by Tengku Mahaleel since his election as BAM president on July 27.

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