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Jwala Gutta thanks well-wishers for standing behind her (pic)

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Published: 11 October 2013
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The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked Badminton Association of India (BAI) to allow Jwala Gutta to participate in upcoming tournaments till the disciplinary authority takes a final decision on the issue of her alleged indiscipline.

Elated with Delhi High Court's order to allow her to take part in national and international tournaments, top doubles shuttler Jwala Gutta on Friday thanked everyone who stood by her during the hour of crisis.Jwala Gutta

"I am very very happy that the order of the honourable judge was in our favour. Happy that I am allowed to play. My whole life I have done nothing but played badminton. I just hope I continue to do that and bring laurels to the country, and make everyone proud," said Jwala.

Extending her gratitude to her doubles partner Ashwini Ponnappa and her coaches, Jwala said, "I am thankful to Clean Sports India (CSI) who openly lend its support and to Ashwini, who was also going through a lot of stress because it was not only my entry that was withdrawn from the Denmark Open but also hers. So I am really glad that she understood me and stood by me. That makes me really very strong.

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You’ve (still) got a ticket to ride (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 October 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Women’s doubles coach Rosman Razak will not close the door on the independent players as he prepares the squad for the Myanmar SEA Games in December.

Top pair Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei are the only ones set to make the journey to Myanmar for now.

Vivian-Khe Wei are ranked 14th in the world and are unlikely to qualify for the Super Series Finals, which clash with the SEA Games, given their lack of significant results.

The pair are also not competing in the back-to-back Denmark Open (Oct 15-20) and French Open (Oct 22-27) and are only likely to see action in the Hong Kong Open from Nov 19-24.Top national women's pair Vivian Hoo (behind)-Woon Khe Wei are almost certain to play in the SEA Games this December in Myanmar.

Beside Vivian-Khe Wei, the other experienced pair in the national set-up are world No. 40 Amelia Alicia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho.

Rosman is still experimenting with the new senior-junior partnership of Lim Yin Loo-Lee Meng Yean.

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Too late to split up Kien Keat-Boon Heong (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 October 2013
Written by Hits: 507

PETALING JAYA: Men’s doubles coaches Paulus Firman and Pang Cheh Chang have only worked together for the past 10 days, but they both agree that it is already too late to split the partnership of Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong, ranked fifth in the world, have been performing poorly over the past two years and the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have gave them yet another ultimatum – deliver at the back-to-back Denmark and French Opens which are on from Oct 15-20 and Oct 22-27 respectively, or face separation.Men's doubles coach Paulus Firman briefing (from left) Tan Wee Kiong, Tan Boon Heong and Koo Kien Keat in January this year. Paulus and coach Pang Cheh Chang say it's best to keep Kien Keat-Boon Heong on to help the younger players surpass them.

Paulus and Cheh Chang however beg to differ and believe that it is better to keep the duo together while focusing on training the younger pairs to surpass them.

“Realistically speaking, if Kien Keat-Boon Heong were to be split, it should have been done much earlier,” admitted Cheh Chang.

“A country still needs at least one top pair and there is no guarantee that if we split them now the new partnerships will reach the level of Kien Keat-Boon Heong.

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Too early to compare Jin Wei to Ratchanok (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 October 2013
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GEORGE TOWN: It is premature to compare teen badminton prodigy Goh Jin Wei to the reigning world champion Ratchanok Inthanon of Thailand, said her coaches on Wednesday.

The 13-year-old Jin Wei, the youngest player to win a Division Two title in the local circuit, drew comparisons with the Thai youngster after being selected to represent Malaysia at the World Junior Championships in Bangkok from Oct 23-Nov 3.Goh Jin Wei needs to be nurtured and not stressed with a lot of expectations. Penang team manager Tony Tan says she needs to be treated with kid gloves.

The 18-year-old Ratchanok, who became the youngest world women’s singles champion this year, won the first of her three World Junior titles in 2009 when she was just 14.

While the Penang-based Jin Wei will be in unchartered waters when she features in the Under-19 tournament in Bangkok later this month, Ratchanok already had a women’s singles senior tournament victory under her belt before winning her maiden World Junior crown in Alor Setar in 2009.

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More rest is good: Wei Feng (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 October 2013
Written by Hits: 505

PETALING JAYA: KL Open winner Chong Wei Feng believes that not playing in any tournaments since the World Championships in August is actually a blessing in disguise as he prepares for the Denmark and French Opens which start next week.

Except for world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei and mixed pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying who competed in the Japan Open last month, most of the other Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) based players did not receive clearance to compete in tournaments.

The KL Open was the first tournament in a while for many of them and world No. 17 Wei Feng believes that it will help him perform better at the back-to-back Danish and French meets.Chong Wei Feng meets World Championships semi-finalist Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam in the first round of the Denmark Open while he is up against Japan’s Sho Sasaki in the first round in Paris.

In particular, Wei Feng pointed out that the China players were all suffering from fatigue due to the tight schedules and the extra matches at the China League that they were involved in.

World No. 2 Chen Long was clearly a victim of too many matches as he went out in a shock defeat to unknown local player Kazuteru Kozai in the first round of the Japan Open.

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