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Chong Wei To Give His Best Shot At Olympics Before Retiring

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Published: 12 July 2012
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SEPANG, July 12 -- National men's singles badminton champion Datuk Lee Chong Wei said he would focus fully on the squad training at Bath University, United Kingdom beginning this July 15.

"The 12-day training is critical for my team mates and I as my (ankle) injury needs to heal before I face my opponent," he said when met by reporters at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport Thursday.

He left for London with five other national players comprising men's doubles Koo Kien Kiat and Tan Boon Heong, mixed doubles Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying, women's singles Tee Jing Yi and officials from the Badminton Association of Malaysia, National Sports Council and National Sports Institute.

Lee, 29, has pledged to give his best shot at the Olympics before retiring from the game in 2014.

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Enough time for Chong Wei to reach top form Read more: Enough time for Chong Wei to reach top form -- NSI

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Published: 29 June 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: The two-week period before Datuk Lee Chong Wei sees action at the London Olympics is probably the most critical time to determine the national badminton ace's form, said National Sports Institute (NSI) chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ramlan Abdul Aziz.


He said that it was during this period that Chong Wei had to ensure that he was free from injury, apart from not being burdened with personal problems, so as to focus on the game.  
"The period from the time he sustained the injury at the Thomas Cup championship in May to the Olympics in July is about 64 days. The recuperating process of his injury is six weeks or 42 days.   
"Mathematically, from the first day he sustained the injury, minus the recovering period, Chong Wei has 22 days to return to peak form.   

Gold target still there (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 29 June 2012
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BA of Malaysia (BAM) secretary Ng Chin Chai has confirmed that the association's one gold target in the Olympics remains but has assured Lee Chong Wei that the pressure is not on him alone to work towards the objective in London.

Chin Chai said BAM's target was set two years ago and nothing has changed despite Chong Wei's ankle injury as he feels that men's doubles Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong or mixed pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying have what it takes to battle for gold in London.Mixed pair Chan Peng Soon (left) and Goh Liu Ying have the potential to go for Olympic gold, according to BA of Malaysia secretary Ng Chin Chai.

The only player who could be out of her depth is women's singles Tee Jing Yi who is unlikely to get past the group stage. "The target is still one gold. BAM is not going to change that because it was set two years ago and every player, not Chong Wei alone, must try hard to achieve it. We can't put too much pressure on Chong Wei," said Chin Chai.


No more Olympics after London Games, says Chong Wei (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 29 June 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 2 Lee Chong Wei let out a hearty laugh when asked whether he would try for the next Olympic Games in 2016 if he fails to fulfil his ambition of winning a gold in London.

“No, please, no more Olympics. London is my last,” said the 29-year-old in between chuckles.

“I may stay around until the next Asian Games (2014) at the most. There could be one more Thomas Cup Finals and the World Championships. I don’t know whether I can handle it if I get injured again.”Driving force: World No. 2 and National Champion Lee Chong Wei (fourth from the left) showing the 1Malaysia sign to the pixmen after hosting lunch for the members of the media yesterday. Also present (from left) men’s singles coach Rashid Sidek and Tey Seu Bock, mixed doubles coach Jeremy Gan, BAM secretary Ng Chin Chai, Wong Ah Jit, men’s doubles coach Pang Cheh Chang and head coach for the doubles team Tan Kim Her

It was the first time in weeks that Chong Wei was in such a jovial mood after limping out with an ankle injury at the Thomas Cup Finals in Wuhan last month. The injury has hampered his chances of gold in London but Chong Wei has obviously come to terms with it.

Yesterday, he invited members of the media for a frank chat over lunch.


Sony Dwi Kuncoro outshines compatriot Taufik Hidayat in the Indonesia Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 14 June 2012
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Thailand Open champion, Sony Dwi Kuncoro, continued his winning streak by defeating fellow Indonesian and 2004 Olympic gold medalist, Taufik Hidayat, in straight sets in the second round of the 2012 Djarum Indonesian Open in Jakarta on Thursday.

Playing before hundreds of Indonesian supporters at the Istora Indoor Stadium in the Senayan Sports Complex, the two crowd favorites started their match cautiously, chasing each other’s points at 6-6 to 7-7, reported.Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia returns a shot to Brice Leverdez of France during their men’s singles qualifier match at the Djarum Indonesia Open on Tuesday.

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