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Beng Hong made to sweat for ticket (pic)

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Published: 17 June 2009
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UNDER-PERFORMING Kuan Beng Hong had to produce his best before securing a place in the men's singles main draw of the Indonesia Open in Jakarta yesterday.

Beng Hong came from one game down to beat China's Yanbo Qiu 18-21, 21-17, 21-7 in the first round of qualifiers before securing a tough 21-23, 21-17, 21-19 victory over Petr Koukal of the Czech Republic.Malaysia’s Kuan Beng Hong beat Petr Koukal of the Czech Republic 21-23, 21-17, 21-19.



His performance, despite staying at home for extra training over three weeks, did not look convincing and the World No 35 needs to improve his performance in order to make an impact in Jakarta.



Beng Hong faces an uphill battle against World No 6 Chen Jin of China in the first round today.


 
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China's Qiu Yanbo defeated by Malaysian player in Indonesian badminton championship

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Published: 17 June 2009
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JAKARTA, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese player Qiu Yanbo lost his chance from playing further in men's single category of Indonesia Open 2009 super series after defeated by Malaysian player Ben Hong Quan here on Tuesday.

    The Chinese player, ranking 63rd in Badminton World Federation's (BWF) ranking, lost the match in three games with scores of 21 18, 1721 and 721.

    Meanwhile, a Chinese team manager told reporters that Singapore Open 2009 champion, Bao Chunlai, failed to take part in the sixth super series tournament sanctioned by BWF.

    "Bao Chunlai suffered from injuries after the recent competition in Singapore," he said in a hurry without mentioning his name after Qiu Yanbo's match.

    According to the match list issued by the organizer, the name of the world's number 16th was replaced by another Chinese player Lu Yi.

 
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World's top badminton players to compete in Indonesia Open

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Published: 17 June 2009
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JAKARTA, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia on Tuesday hosted the sixth event of badminton super series championship entitled Djarum Indonesia Open 2009, at the national indoor stadium Istora Senayan.

    As many as 284 players from 27 countries take part in the world-class badminton championship sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF) that would end on June 21.

    Most players vying in the tournament had just concluded their competition in Singapore Open 2009, the fifth badminton super series event that took place last week.

    Five categories comprising of men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles will be played in the championships that provides a total reward of 250,000 U.S. dollars.

    The men's singles defending champion in Indonesia Open, Sony Dwi Kuncoro, the world's number four from Indonesia, will face fierce challenge against his rivals to defend his championship.

 

Minh eyes top badminton ranking at Indonesia Super Series

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Published: 17 June 2009
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Vietnamese top badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh will compete in the Super Series Indonesia this week, which he has set his sights on a top ten placement of World Badminton Federation’s rankings.

Minh, who shocked world No 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in the second round of the Aviva Singapore Super Series on Thursday, failed to beat Chinese Bao Chunlai in the round of eight on Friday.

As draw, the HCM City-born athlete will meet P. Wancha of Poland in the first round today.

Ha Noi dominate sepak takraw tournament with two golds

Ha Noi men’s and women’s team won gold medals at the National Sepak Takraw Championship in Bac Ninh Province on Sunday.

The women’s team beat Public Security team 2-0 in the final at Sports College No 1’s Gymnasium, while the men’s team edged HCM City to win the gold.

 

UK Olympic Woe$: Badminton for Boxing?

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Published: 17 June 2009
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Britain's Olympic athletes, already hit by cost cuts last year, could face another round if the government changes hands.

Last December, as the recession started to dent the public purse, government funds to help UK athletes train for the 2012 London Olympics were cut back. And since then other budget-concious measures have crept into Olympic planning — boxers are having to cede ground to badminton players, for instance.

There were hopes that the cost-cutting was at an end. That's because the Labor Party cannot make further changes to the budget within a four-year window, which includes the 2012 games. But that may change next year if the country's ruling Labour party, battered by recent expense scandals, loses control of the government. A caveat in the funding contract allows changes should the government change. And Conservatives are widely expected to win a general election next year.

“If there is a change in government they could re-visit the funding allocation, but apart from that it is very unlikely to change in the run up to the London Olympics,” said Caroline Hale, communications manager at UK Sport, a government organization in charge of deploying the government's funding to the games, told CNBC.com.

A spokesperson for the Conservative party told CNBC.com that they have no intention of following Labour’s lead, but political parties looking to win imminent elections have been known to shy away from unpopular policies.

“We have no plans to change the budget for the UK athletes, in fact with out National Lottery proposals it is likely that the funding for the elite athletes will actually rise,” Sue Beeby, press officer at the Conservative Party, told CNBC.com.

Still, the existing budget for the games remains a concern. The most recent cuts meant that UK Sport was still £50 million short of its original funding ambitions for 2012. And many Olympic sports that were deemed less likely to yield medals have seen their funding reduced to a “basic level” since the cuts.

Blow to Boxing

Budget concerns also threatened to deliver a blow to the Olympic boxing teams competing in the 2012 games. 

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog) plans to move the boxing matches to Wembley Arena, which could entail a 3-hour commute for the athletes, officials from the International Boxing Association told the BBC.

The matches were originally going to be held at London’s ExCel centre, but this could be taken over by badminton and rhythmic gymnastics, the BBC said.

The move is designed to save costs as the committee is looking to scrap plans for a 6,000-seat venue called the North Greenwich Arena 2, which would have held the events.

 
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