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Yong-dae, Jae-sung to renew partnership (pic)

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Published: 28 April 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Sudirman Cup in Guangzhou from May 10-17 will see Lee Yong-dae renewing his partnership with Jung Jae-sung to strengthen South Korea’s challenge.Solid combination: South Korea’s Lee Yong-dae (right) and Jung Jae-sung are teaming up again to beef up their country’s cast at the Sudirman Cup.

And this will surely intensify the fight among the doubles players in the world mixed team event.

Since the absence of Jae-sung, who had to undergo military training back at home in February, Yong-dae had partnered Shin Baek-cheol and the duo did well to reach the All-England semi-finals and win the German Open title.

 
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Shabery: Let’s focus more on nutrition when it comes to elite athletes (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 28 April 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek wants more emphasis to be placed on nutrition when it comes to preparing the nation’s elite athletes.Let’s talk sports: Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek meeting cyclist Azizul Hasni Awang (right), badminton coach Rashid Sidek (third from right) and former doubles star Jalani Sidek (second from right) at his office yesterday.

Shabery said that while the government had spent a lot of money on infrastructure and coaches, it had failed to stress on the importance of proper nutrition.

“It may be due to our culture that we crave for food like mee goreng, nasi lemak and roti canai. But if we are talking about doing well at the highest level, our athletes will have to change their dietary habits,” he said after visiting the National Sports Institute (NSI) to look at its facilities and support services yesterday.

 

Hafiz, Beng Hong in running for Sudirman Cup spot

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Published: 28 April 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: A couple of months ago men’s singles shuttlers Mohd Hafiz Hashim and Kuan Beng Hong were going through a slump and were on the brink of being dropped from the national team.

But how their fortunes have changed since.

In the next few days, the duo are likely to be told that they will be retained in the national team. But the best part is that one of them is expected to be named for the Sudirman Cup, which will be held in Guangzhou from May 10-17.

The move is to strengthen Malaysia’s bid to reach their first-ever semi-finals in the world mixed team event. Those already confirmed for the trip to China are world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Wong Mew Choo, Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty and Ng Hui Lin.

 

Indonesia Faces Tough Road in Search of Sudirman Finals

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 April 2009
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If Indonesia reaches its third consecutive Sudirman Cup final, there will be little doubt that it earned it.

Indonesia was drawn alongside host China, Japan and England in Group 1B of the 2009 edition of the world team championship, which takes place May 10-17 in Guangzhou. Denmark, Malaysia, Korea and Hong Kong make up Group 1A.

However, that difficult draw has not changed the Indonesian Badminton Association’s target for the national team — an eighth appearance in the Sudirman Cup final.

“We want to repeat our achievement in Glasgow in 2007, where we finished as runner-up, so the final match is our target in Guangzhou,” national team head coach Christian Hadinata said on Sunday.

A lack of experience could hamper the pursuit of that goal — half of Indonesia’s 22-shuttler squad has never represented its country in team competition. Being drawn in the same group as China, which has won six of its seven consecutive finals appearances, may also pose problems.

 

Minh triumphs again at Ciputra Challenge (pic)

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Published: 27 April 2009
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VietNamNet Bridge – Nguyen Tien Minh defended his singles title at the Ciputra Hanoi-Vietnam Challenge which ended yesterday at the Trinh Hoai Duc Gymnasium.

Minh, who has climbed to 18 on the world ranking, was cheered on by thousands local supporters when he comfortably beat Rumbaka Dyonisius Hayom, of Indonesia, 21-13, 21-15 in the final.Born to be wild: Nguyen Tien Minh reacts after defeating Rumbaka Dyonisius Hayom, of Indonesia, 21-13, 21-15 in the men's singles final of the Ciputra Hanoi-Vietnam Challenge yesterday. Minh defends his title and goes home with $1,125 and 4,000 points bonuses.

Minh, the No 2 seed, started slowly as he tested his rival, who is in the world No 80. Minh used long shuttles to two corners and made Hayom work hard.

As a result, the Indonesian was seldom able to use his favoured strong smashes from near the net.

The Vietnamese representative started to dominate with quick volleys and shuttles close to the net to win many points.

His tactics worked well and Hayom made many unforced errors.

It was Minh's third title at the tournament where he won a bonus of US$1,125 and points to improve his world ranking.

"He [Hayom] is a strong rival. The world ranking does not reflect a player's real power," said Minh. "I have to learn his style to probe his weak and strong points.

"I had a strong defence which prevented Hayom scoring many points."

Minh, the only Vietnamese player to reach the business end of the tournament, will prepare for a Super Series in Singapore in June.

Thailand's Intanon Ratchanok took the women's singles from Indonesian Christina Maria Elfira.

 

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