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Chong Wei hopes to make amends (pic)

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Published: 03 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is wasting no time switching his attention from the Indian Badminton League (IBL) to defending his title at the Japan Open from Sept 17-22.

While many would have taken a short break after 18 days of playing badminton in six Indian cities, the dedicated Chong Wei showed up for training at the Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara Monday.

“The IBL was a good experience for me and several other Malaysians. It was competitive but fun. The participation of eight Malaysian players also showed that we are marketable outside the country,” he said. Lee Chong Wei: 'Now, my focus is on the Japan Open. There are only a few of us going for this Super Series and I hope to produce good results for the country.'

Besides Chong Wei, who was the highest paid player in the league at a price of US$135,000 (RM444,000), the other Malaysians were Chong Wei Feng, Liew Daren, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong.

“Now, my focus is on the Japan Open. There are only a few of us going for this Super Series and I hope to produce good results for the country,” he added.

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BWF to look into clashing dates of Super Series, SEA Games

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Published: 03 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Badminton World Federation (BWF)’s chief operating officer (COO) Thomas Lund says that he will look into the clash of dates between BWF’s World Super Series Finals in Kuala Lumpur and the badminton competition at the SEA Games in Myanmar.

“I am not aware of it and so, I will not be able to comment. No one has highlighted this to me. I am not in Kuala Lumpur right now and I will look into it when I get back,” said Lund when contacted Monday.

The Finals are from Dec 11-15 while the badminton competition during the SEA Games is scheduled for Dec 9-14.

Host Malaysia have received an official letter from Indonesia asking for a postponement of the Finals. However, BAM’s general manager Kenny Goh has said that they could not change the dates of the Finals as it was under the jurisdiction of the world body.

Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand are affected by the overlapping of both the world and regional competitions. Indonesia currently have 10 players in the running for the Finals while Malaysia have two.

 

BAM could use a quality league to raise players’ standard

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Published: 03 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: China have their own badminton league. Indonesia have also revived theirs last year. India just successfully completed their first on Saturday.

Malaysia, however, are not even thinking of having one.

It seems the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) are quite satisfied with their Maybank National Open Circuit, which only consists of two legs a year and is confined to the local players.

The BAM have already hosted the Kedah Open from May 28-June 1 and it will be followed by the Kuala Lumpur Open from Oct 2-6. The circuit’s Grand Prix Finals will be held in Putrajaya from Dec 27-30.

How is the BAM planning to reach out to the masses when their local Open tournaments are a drab affair and offer only peanuts?

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India have potential to be world beaters, says Rashid (pic)

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Published: 03 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: India, especially their men’s singles shuttlers, are set to be a threat to Malaysia if their performances in the US$1mil (RM3.2mil) Indian Badminton League (IBL) are anything to go by.

National singles chief coach Rashid Sidek made this evaluation after having coached Delhi Smashers during the 18-day IBL, which ended on Saturday.

Hyderabad Hotshots emerged as overall champions of the inaugural league. They defeated Awadhe Warriors 3-1 to pocket US$494,000 (RM1.6mil) top prize. Awadhe Warriors took home US$266,000 (RM874,000).Hyderabad Hotshots player Ajay Jayaram (second from left) and Saina Nehwal (right) kissing the trophy as they celebrate after their team won the Indian Badminton League in Mumbai on Saturday.

Rashid said that he saw improvement and progress in the Indian men’s singles shuttlers, who are under the charge of former All-England champion P. Gopichand.

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Malaysia to have RM3m badminton league

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Published: 03 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Finally, Malaysia too will have our own multi-million badminton league but it will be run by a club - the Looi Badminton Academy.

On Monday, the club’s managing director Jack Koh said that they will introduce a RM5mil Malaysia Purple League next year to provide a platform for both local and foreign players to strut their stuff to make it one of the most lucrative badminton leagues in the world.

With the endorsement and approval from Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and the blessings of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), the league is good to proceed as planned.

China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Germany and Denmark have their own leagues with India offering the biggest prize money - a total of US$1mil (RM3.2mil). These leagues are heavily supported and run by their respective national associations.

When asked about the name Purple League, Jack explained: “We wanted to name it Premier but it would be associated with football. Purple has the distinction of being highly rated among all the colours. Besides, it is also a royal colour and it will be apt with our aim of making this league a highly-rated competition.”

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