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Olympic champion Hidayat recovers to defend his badminton gold

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 28 July 2008
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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -Olympic badminton champion Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia will defend his singles gold medal at next month's Beijing Games despite a recent stay in hospital with high fever, his trainer said Monday.
 

Chong Wei, Mew Choo put private affairs aside to focus on Games

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 July 2008
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By RAJES PAUL

PUCHONG: National men’s and women’s singles shuttlers Lee Chong Wei and Wong Mew Choo may be a couple or they could simply be the best of friends.

Whatever it is, they are not about to let their personal affairs get in their way of pursuing Olympic glory.

And as far as national coach Misbun Sidek is concerned, that is true professionalism.

Misbun was full of praise for Chong Wei and Mew Choo for giving undivided attention in their preparation for the next month’s Beijing Games.

“There is no indication that there is something going on between them during training. Even if there is, they are not showing it,” Misbun said after a training session at the Michael Badminton Academy (MBA) yesterday.

“Chong Wei and Mew Choo have been minding their own businesses and have been hard at work with their own programmes.

“Players must not let their personal affairs get in the way during training. When it comes to training, they must be 100 per cent focused. And that’s exactly what I am getting from both of them.”

Chong Wei and Mew Choo have separate training programmes to cater for their specific needs in the final phase of training before the team leave for Beijing on Aug 4.


 
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Misbun dancing with joy as his charges stay tuned

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 July 2008
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PUCHONG: With music blaring away, one could be forgiven for assuming that the Michael Badminton Academy (MBA) here had been turned into a discotheque yesterday morning.

A quick check, however, revealed that it was just a simulation gimmick set up by national singles coach Misbun Sidek as part of the preparation for his two singles charges – Lee Chong Wei and Wong Mew Choo – ahead of the Beijing Olympic Games.


 

Misbun: Chong Wei now cool under pressure

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 July 2008
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By LIM TEIK HUAT

KUALA LUMPUR: The change in attitude of shuttler Lee Chong Wei is already a good reason for coach Misbun Sidek having the confidence that his charge will not let him down in the Beijing Olympics next month.

It has been more than a year since Chong Wei returned to train under Misbun and the Olympics will be the biggest test for the 26-year-old since his dismal failure in the World Championships in Bukit Jalil last year.

 

 

Punch Gunalan calls it a day (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 14 July 2008
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By LIM TEIK HUAT

PETALING JAYA: The 23-year involvement of Datuk Punch Gunalan in the administration of Malaysian badminton came to an end when he relinquished the last two positions he held yesterday.

The former All-England doubles champion stepped down as the president of Kuala Lumpur Badminton Association (KLBA) at their biennial general meeting.

 

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Datuk Punch Gunalan