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Ale puts badminton legend on the silver screen

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Published: 22 June 2009
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JAKARTA: Another sports-themed film is coming up for Indonesian cinema-goers, with Ari Sihasale launching his movie King next week.

Inspired by the life of national badminton legend Liem Swie King, the movie's release just happens to coincide with the 2009 Indonesian Open.

"If it can help support the Indonesian Open, then why not? It is made to show our appreciation for badminton athletes in the country. A lot of people don't realize that badminton has taken this country to the international level," said Ale, as he is known.

"We also want to remind people not to take our sporting heroes for granted once they are no longer active. That's why we choose people like Lim Swie King and Heryanto Arbi, so that people know that they are still around."

King, Ale's first film as producer and director, tells the story of three kids who idolize Liem Swie King and strive to be like him. Ale hopes that movies such as this help inspire a greater sense of national pride among Indonesians.

Ale collaborated with his wife Nia Zulkarnaen on the film's production, which began in February. The film is scheduled for release on June 25.

 
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President congratulates Saina Nehwal on winning the Djarum Indonesia Open 2009 Badminton Singles Title

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Published: 22 June 2009
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The President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil has congratulated Ms. Saina Nehwal for her achievement of winning the Djarum Indonesia Open 2009 Badminton Women’s Singles Title. The President has said the victory has made all of India proud and also shows the potential of Saina Nehwal which she displayed at last year’s Olympic Games in Beijing.

 
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Prime Minister congratulates Saina Nehwal

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Published: 22 June 2009
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New Delhi (PTI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday congratulated ace woman shuttler Saina Nehwal for winning the Indonesian Open Badminton Championship, describing her "extraordinary feat" as a "milestone for Indian sports".

"Saina's achievement is a tribute to her talent, determination and hard work. It will inspire the women of the country to aim for higher goals in their chosen fields," Dr. Singh said in a message to Saina.

Congratulating Saina, the first woman from the country to win a Super Series Badminton Tournament, the Prime Minister said "this is a milestone for Indian sports".

"I congratulate Saina on her extraordinary feat and wish her many more such successes in the future," he said.
 
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Saina Nehwal wins Indonesian Open (pic)

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Published: 22 June 2009
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Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has won the Indonesian Open badminton title with a victory over the higher-ranked Chinese player Lin Wang in Jakarta.

Nehwal also became the first Indian to win a Super series tournament with her 12-21, 21-18, 21-9 victory in a match which lasted 49 minutes.

The world number 8 player came in from behind to defeat Wang, ranked number 3. Nehwal also became the first Indian to win a Super series tournament

India's badminton authorities have hailed her victory and announced a reward of 200,000 rupees ($4133).

"It is a big moment in Indian badminton. We are proud of her achievement", India's badminton association chief, VK Verma, said.

The 19-year-old shuttler from the northern state of Haryana, was the first Indian woman to reach the singles quarter-finals at the Olympics.

Nehwal is also the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships.

 
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Chong Wei, Eei Hui-Pei Tty storm into Jakarta final (pic)

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Published: 21 June 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Lee Chong Wei and Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty lived up to their world No. 1 tags to reach the Indonesian Open finals of the men’s singles and women’s doubles events at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta yesterday.World No 1 Lee Chong Wei made it a great day for Malaysia when he outplayed China's Chen Jin 21-15,22-20 in the men's singles semi-final to set up showdown against Indonesia Taufik Hidayat.

But the country’s top men’s doubles pair of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong crashed 21-18, 11-21, 15-21 to the China’s powerful combination of Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng.

Chong Wei overcame a gritty Chen Jin of China 21-15, 22-20 in 46 minutes to set up a dream final for the home fans.

Today, he will take on Taufik Hidayat, Indonesia’s most celebrated player with an impressive six Indonesian Open titles under his belt.

National singles chief coach Rashid Sidek expects the men’s singles final to be an evenly-contested affair.

 

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