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World's top badminton players to compete in Indonesia Open

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 June 2009
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JAKARTA, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia on Tuesday hosted the sixth event of badminton super series championship entitled Djarum Indonesia Open 2009, at the national indoor stadium Istora Senayan.

    As many as 284 players from 27 countries take part in the world-class badminton championship sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF) that would end on June 21.

    Most players vying in the tournament had just concluded their competition in Singapore Open 2009, the fifth badminton super series event that took place last week.

    Five categories comprising of men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles will be played in the championships that provides a total reward of 250,000 U.S. dollars.

    The men's singles defending champion in Indonesia Open, Sony Dwi Kuncoro, the world's number four from Indonesia, will face fierce challenge against his rivals to defend his championship.

 

Minh eyes top badminton ranking at Indonesia Super Series

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 June 2009
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Vietnamese top badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh will compete in the Super Series Indonesia this week, which he has set his sights on a top ten placement of World Badminton Federation’s rankings.

Minh, who shocked world No 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in the second round of the Aviva Singapore Super Series on Thursday, failed to beat Chinese Bao Chunlai in the round of eight on Friday.

As draw, the HCM City-born athlete will meet P. Wancha of Poland in the first round today.

Ha Noi dominate sepak takraw tournament with two golds

Ha Noi men’s and women’s team won gold medals at the National Sepak Takraw Championship in Bac Ninh Province on Sunday.

The women’s team beat Public Security team 2-0 in the final at Sports College No 1’s Gymnasium, while the men’s team edged HCM City to win the gold.

 

UK Olympic Woe$: Badminton for Boxing?

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 June 2009
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Britain's Olympic athletes, already hit by cost cuts last year, could face another round if the government changes hands.

Last December, as the recession started to dent the public purse, government funds to help UK athletes train for the 2012 London Olympics were cut back. And since then other budget-concious measures have crept into Olympic planning — boxers are having to cede ground to badminton players, for instance.

There were hopes that the cost-cutting was at an end. That's because the Labor Party cannot make further changes to the budget within a four-year window, which includes the 2012 games. But that may change next year if the country's ruling Labour party, battered by recent expense scandals, loses control of the government. A caveat in the funding contract allows changes should the government change. And Conservatives are widely expected to win a general election next year.

“If there is a change in government they could re-visit the funding allocation, but apart from that it is very unlikely to change in the run up to the London Olympics,” said Caroline Hale, communications manager at UK Sport, a government organization in charge of deploying the government's funding to the games, told CNBC.com.

A spokesperson for the Conservative party told CNBC.com that they have no intention of following Labour’s lead, but political parties looking to win imminent elections have been known to shy away from unpopular policies.

“We have no plans to change the budget for the UK athletes, in fact with out National Lottery proposals it is likely that the funding for the elite athletes will actually rise,” Sue Beeby, press officer at the Conservative Party, told CNBC.com.

Still, the existing budget for the games remains a concern. The most recent cuts meant that UK Sport was still £50 million short of its original funding ambitions for 2012. And many Olympic sports that were deemed less likely to yield medals have seen their funding reduced to a “basic level” since the cuts.

Blow to Boxing

Budget concerns also threatened to deliver a blow to the Olympic boxing teams competing in the 2012 games. 

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog) plans to move the boxing matches to Wembley Arena, which could entail a 3-hour commute for the athletes, officials from the International Boxing Association told the BBC.

The matches were originally going to be held at London’s ExCel centre, but this could be taken over by badminton and rhythmic gymnastics, the BBC said.

The move is designed to save costs as the committee is looking to scrap plans for a 6,000-seat venue called the North Greenwich Arena 2, which would have held the events.

 
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Boys badminton player of the year: Terrence Pang

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 June 2009
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Combining lightning-quick foot speed with an excellent knowledge of the game, Homestead's Terrence Pang was an unstoppable force on the badminton court this year.

The Mustangs senior faced familiar foe Son Nguyen of Independence for this season's Central Coast Section badminton title.

Pang won 15-12, 15-5, prevailing over Nguyen for the second year in a row. As a result, Pang earned Mercury News Santa Clara County player of the year honors.

Last season, Nguyen beat Pang in their first meeting at CCS, before Pang put him away to win the double-elimination tournament.

"Nguyen is quick on his feet and a very good player," said Pang, who plans to play club badminton when he attends Cal this fall. "I don't know if I really took something away from the matches we played last year, but I feel like I really worked hard to improve my game, and that helped when we met again."

Pang finished third in the CCS tournament as a freshman and was runner-up as a sophomore before breaking through for his first title last season.

"I believe that the strength of my game is my overall speed," said Pang, who was 20-0 this season. "I can usually wear down my opponent until I have a chance to make a kill."

And when he has the opportunity, Pang is known for his sizzling smashes.

"Terrence has an excellent ability to read the game," Homestead Coach Gumaro Diaz said. "He is real fast on his feet and has a mind for the sport. He comes up

with shots that no one expects and is probably the most powerful hitter in high school badminton right now. His smashes are easily over 140 mph."

Diaz also praised Pang for his low-key approach.

"I tell his teammates to look at him not just for the way he plays the game, but for his focus and determination. He is humble and has respect for the game and his opponents."

 
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Chinese dominate Singapore Open finals (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 June 2009
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SINGAPORE: The Chinese have outclassed their rivals at the Aviva Open Singapore, winning three events out of five.

The mixed doubles event saw a showdown between China's players, with Zheng Bo and Ma Jin proving to be the more formidable team against Xie Zhongbo and Zhang Yawen, scoring 21-19, 18-21, 21-10. Worthy winner: Hong Kong’s Zhou Mi holding the trophy after winning the women’s singles final Sunday.

Zhang fared better in the women’s doubles. Together with Zhao Tingting, she took a straight-set victory of 21-14, 21-13 over their Indonesian opponents Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii.

It was an easy victory as well for Englishmen Anthony Clark and Nathan Robertson in the men’s doubles. They defeated their Indonesian rivals 12-21, 11-21 in under half an hour.

But it was a close fight in the women’s singles event, with Hong Kong's Zhou Mi battling China's Xie Xingfang.

 

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