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Proteges to raise funds for late coach

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Published: 12 June 2009
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There are many ways to pay respects to someone, especially when they have passed away. In a bid to remember his beloved coach, Indonesia's 1995 badminton world champion Hariyanto Arbi has kicked off an effort to sell his racket, along with those of six other top shuttlers, to raise funds for the family of the late Indra Gunawan.

Indra passed away last Sunday at 6:25 a.m. from intestinal cancer.

"We will sell our rackets during *next week's* Indonesia Open Super Series tournament in Jakarta," he said Thursday, after attending Indra's funeral at the San Diego Memorial Hills Heroes Plaza in west Karawang, West Java.

"The rackets will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis, starting at the kick off of the tournament. The base price is Rp 20 million *US$2,000* but could increase depending on the enthusiasm of badminton lovers," said Hariyanto, who was coached by Indra for about seven years of his time at the national badminton training center.

 

Chong Wei Wins SAM Sports Award

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 June 2009
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PETALING JAYA, June 12 (Bernama) -- World No. 1 badminton player Datuk Lee Chong Wei made a clean sweep of all the major sporting awards when he was named winner of the 100PLUS Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM) awards Friday.

The reigning Sportsman Of The Year and Olympian Of The Year beat the likes of world squash champion Nicol David, fellow shuttlers women's doubles pair Wong Pei Tty-Chin Ee Hui, Beijing Olympic archer Cheng Chu Sian and cyclist Azizul Hasni Awang to take home a trophy and a RM10,000 cash prize.

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek gave away the prizes.

Chong Wei captured his fifth Malaysian Open title at the end of the year and ended it by winning the Super Series Masters Final.

In between, he ended Malaysia's medal drought in the Olympics when he won a silver medal at the Beijing Games.

He also displaced China's Lin Dan as the world No.1 badminton player.

"I'm delighted to have won this prestigious award and it will spur me on with the World Championships just around the corner," said a Chong Wei.

"I would like to thank everyone who voted for me and I will strive to live up to expectations as a winner of this award."

 
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Chong Wei, Koo and Tan fall in Singapore (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 June 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei’s hopes of retaining his first badminton title outside Malaysia ended when he fell to a shock second round loss to Vietnam’s Nguyen Tien Minh in the Singapore Open last night.

The tournament also lost its second seed after top Dane and former All-England champion Peter-Gade Christensen was bundled out 19-21, 21-16, 13-21 by India’s Anup Sridhar.Stunner: Vietnam’s Nguyen Tien Minh packed off Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei in the Singapore Open.

There was more bad news from the Malaysian doubles camp when top hopes and Swiss Open champions Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong fell to a surprise 13-21, 21-19, 21-14 defeat by England’s Nathan Robertson-Anthony Clark.

But it was the unheralded Vietnamese who produced the biggest upset of the tournament when he sent Chong Wei packing 24-22, 20-22, 21-19 in one hour.

 

Loved Ones Remember Indra as ‘Good Coach, Responsible Father’

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 11 June 2009
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Badminton great Indra Gunawan was laid to rest at Heroes Plaza inside the San Diego Hills Memorial Park and Funeral Homes in Karawang, West Java, on Thursday.

Indra’s wife, Dewi Mirida Japin, was joined by around 50 of the family’s close relatives and friends, some of them from the badminton community, including former national shuttlers Lilik Sudarwati and Hariyanto Arbi.

Indra passed away at Pantai Indah Kapuk Hospital on Sunday, after losing a two-year battle with cancer.

“He was not only a good coach, but he was also a responsible father,” Indra’s son, Thomas Gunawan, said in the eulogy. “He worked hard for his family. And he never complained about his illness since the first time he found out about it.”

As a national player, Indra brought pride to the country with his success in international competitions. He won a gold medal at the 1970 Asian Games and represented Indonesia in the 1970 and 1973 editions of the Thomas Cup.

As a coach, Indra guided the careers of several world-class shuttlers, such as Hariyanto Arbi, Hendrawan, Ardy B. Wiranata, Joko Supriyanto, Hermawan Susanto and Fung Permadi. He also helped Indonesia win its first Olympic gold medal, after his protege, Alan Budikusuma, won the men’s singles championship at the 1992 Games in Barcelona.

 

Nova, Lilyana Race to Win; Simon Tumbled Out by Thai (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 11 June 2009
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Nova Widianto and Lilyana Natsir stayed on course for their second championship of the season, making quick work of England’s Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg in the second round of the Singapore Open Super Series at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Thursday.
Lilyana Natsir, front, and Nova Widianto overpowered another opponent in the Singapore Open Super Series, taking only 30 minutes to oust England’s Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg in straight sets on Thursday
The mixed doubles pair took less than 30 minutes to hack out a 21-18, 21-11 victory, boosting the No. 1-ranked duo’s confidence heading into the next round.

“I thought our opponents didn’t play that well,” Nova said.

“They used the same style of play as what they used at the Sudirman Cup, so that really made it easier for us [to beat them],” he added.

 

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