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Malaysia cuts down team for Japan Open

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Published: 19 August 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia are set to send their smallest team for this year’s Japan Open from Sept 17-22 following a directive to all coaches to put on hold some of their immediate plans.

Only World No. 1 men’s singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei and top mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying are expected to make the flight to Tokyo while the bulk of the team are expected to be withdrawn from the Super Series event.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have registered Liew Daren, Chong Wei Feng, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem, Hoon Thien How and Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei for the Japan Open.

In the men’s doubles, Kien Keat-Boon Heong and Thien How-Wee Kiong are seeded third and eighth respectively.

The names of the players were entered before the recent World Championships in Guangzhou and the BAM have until Sept 1 to withdraw their players to avoid being penalised by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

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Chong Wei joins Indian league (pic)

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Published: 19 August 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has decided to play in the US$1mil (RM3.29mil) Indian Badminton League (IBL) after all. 

The Malaysian, who lost to Lin Dan of China in the final of the World Championships last week, left for New Delhi on Sunday. He will open play for Mumbai Masters Tuesday. Lee Chong Wei will open play for Mumbai Masters in the Indian Badminton League. The club is paying him a fee of RM440,000

Chong Wei is the highest paid player in the league with the club securing his services for a fee of US$135,000 (RM440,000). 

National singles chief coach Rashid Sidek said the league would present a fresh challenge for Chong Wei. 

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Hidayat says it`s 50-50 against Pune (pic)

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Published: 18 August 2013
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 Mumbai: Former Olympic and World champion Taufik Hidayat on Sunday said all the teams in the Indian Badminton League are evenly matched and that he expects a good fight against Pune franchise.

 
"It is (Pune) a good team in singles, mixed doubles and doubles. But we have a chance to win on Monday. It is 50:50, but we will do our best," Hidayat told reporters here, adding that all the six teams in the league are strong.
 
The three-time Asian Games gold medallist said IBL is slowly gaining popularity and feels it will motivate youngsters.Taufik Hidayat playing in Indian Badminton League
 
"This is the first time for Indian Badminton League. It`s quite good. So many top players are coming in like Lee Chong Wei. So many foreign players are coming. The crowd is good. It`s growing. Mostly it`s cricket (in India) but now badminton is also catching up. That is why I am happy to be coming to India and playing," he said.
 
Hidayat said he has been impressed by some of the Indian players like Parupalli Kashyap, Ajay Jayram, Pranav Chopra and added that the women`s badminton is also coming good, especially P V Sindhu, who won bronze in the recent World Championship.
 
The six-time Indonesian Open winner said this would be the last time he would participating in the IBL and also ruled out the possibility of coaching the Indonesian side.
 

Indian Badminton League, Day 4: Banga Beats thrashes Awadhe Warriors 4-1 (pic)

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Published: 18 August 2013
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 In yet another fascinating day of IBL, we have seen some excellent matches, sets and rallies. In today’s tie Banga Beats thrashed Awadhe Warriors 4-1 in the tie. PV Sindhu was the biggest disappointment of the day, as she lost to Marin 21-16, 21-13 in straight sets. Kashap playing in Indian Badminton League

 
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Banga Beats defeat Awadhe Warriors 4-1 
 
Match 5: Carsten/Marin beats Kido/Maneesha 20-21 21-16 11-8
 
In the final match of the day, Kido and Maneesha a mix-doubles pair of Awadhe Warriors managed to win a breathtaking first set by 21-10. In the second, pair of Carsten and Marin of Banga Beats pulled one back by winning the set 21-16. In the third and final set of 11 points Carsten and Marin won it 11-8 by using their experience. It means Banga Beats thrashed the home side Awadhe Warriors by 4-1. 
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Lee Chong Wei to skip Lucknow leg too, to play in Mumbai (pic)

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Published: 18 August 2013
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 The Indian badminton fans’ wait to see World No. 1 and World Championships runner-up, Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in action in India will continue for a couple of days more.

 
Contrary to reports that Chong Wei would arrive in India on August 16 ahead of the second leg of the Indian Badminton League, the Malaysian will land in Mumbai on Saturday and play from the Mumbai leg.
 
Co-owner of Mumbai Masters, V Chamundeshwarnath, told dna on Friday that Chong Wei will be playing from the Mumbai leg. “He will not play the Lucknow leg,” Chamundeshwarnath confirmed.Lee Chong Wei
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