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Thai Badminton Star Defeats Police Chief in Unlikely Mismatch (pic)

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Published: 15 August 2013
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BANGKOK—In the end, it wasn’t quite the humiliation some badminton fans had come to see.

Bangkok’s 60-year-old police chief, Lt. Gen. Kamronwit Toopkracha, put in a creditable performance in an exhibition match against Thailand’s new teenage badminton star, Ratchanok Inthanon, on Wednesday – although that perhaps was because he had recruited Thai international player Grithtin Kridtanukoon to help him in a doubles game against the newly crowned world champion, who was assigned Lt. Gen. Kamronwit’s deputy as her partner.

The police chief’s team lost 2 sets to 1.Thai Badminton Star Defeats Police Chief in Unlikely Mismatch

Since her triumph at the world badminton championships in Guangzhou, China, over the weekend, 18-year-old Ms. Ratchanok has become one of the most recognizable figures in Thailand as well as a bold new face in the badminton world after breaking the dominance of China and other big nations in the sport, South Korea and Indonesia.

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Badminton champ tapped into China to beat it (pic)

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Published: 15 August 2013
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That man beaming in many pictures behind Thai badminton world champion Ratchanok "May" Intanon is Xie Zhihua, her Chinese coach and, for her, a second father. He's been training her for 12 years. The 47-year-old is himself a former national doubles player and counted among his "sparring partners" Li Yongbo, now China's chief coach.That man beaming in many pictures behind Thai badminton world champion Ratchanok "May" Intanon is Xie Zhihua, her Chinese coach and, for her, a second father.

So when May defeated Chinese top seed Li Xuerui in Guangzhou last week to win the world championship, Xie couldn't resist saying to the astonished Chinese reporters, "Do you remember me? I used to be on the national team!"

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Glorious badminton gold medals after long drought (pic)

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Published: 14 August 2013
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Millions of Indonesians agreed with the reaction of legendary badminton player Susi Susanti on the success of the Indonesian team in winning two gold medals in a prestigious world championship on Sunday. Indonesia was once a superpower in badminton before being beaten in international arenas in the last several years.

“It’s a great pleasure to see their achievements after a long year of title drought. This year we can see that Indonesian badminton has started to resurge. It’s a great moment,” 1992 Barcelona Olympic gold medalist Susi Susanti told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.Mohammad Ahsan - Hendra Setiawan.

Susi, who won Indonesia’s first Olympic gold medal in Barcelona 21 years ago, was a perfect representative to describe the pride of Indonesians with the victory at the 2013 Badminton World Championship in Guangzhou, China. Her then boyfriend Alan Budikusuma – now husband – also won a gold medal in the same single category in Barcelona.

Millions of Indonesians who were still in Idul Fitri festive mode last week were excited with the amazing victory of the Indonesian badminton players. Asked about the victory he and his partner Hendra Setiawan secured at the 2013 BMW World Championships on Sunday, badminton player Mohammad Ahsan said, “Alhamdulillah [Thank God]”.

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The ABC of Indian Badminton League (pic)

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Published: 14 August 2013
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After the richest cricket league in the world, curtains will go up on the richest badminton league on the globe when the shuttle starts flying in the Indian Badminton League (IBL) on Wednesday in New Delhi.

Badminton's popularity in India has been on the rise in the past few years with Indian players doing well and pushing themselves up the rankings consistently. The Chinese may have snubbed the league, but the inaugural season and the presence of India's top stars is expected to get IBL all the attention it deserves.Jwala Gutta of Delhi Smashers, Denmark's Mathias Boe of Awadhe Warriors, Saina Nehwal of Hyderabad Hotshots and PV Sindhu of Awadhe Warriors at the unveiling of the Indian Badminton League trophy.

The fanfare at the players' auction led to bitter controversies and only fine on-court performances now will bring the league on solid ground free of controversies.
Here's a pocket guide to follow the tournament that begins today.

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India gears up for new million-dollar badminton event (pic)

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Published: 14 August 2013
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NEW DELHI, Aug 13 — Badminton takes a leap into the unknown tomorrow, when a new franchise-based team event with innovative rules aimed at drawing bigger crowds opens in India.

The million-dollar Indian Badminton League (IBL), trumpeted as the sport's richest event, will be played over a fortnight between six city teams, using a more attacking style of play designed to excite the fans.P. V. Sindhu of India at the World Badminton Championships in Guangzhou, China on August 10, 2013.

But the event has suffered several blows even before the first shuttle has been hit, with Malaysian superstar Lee Chong Wei, the league's top draw and the world number one, under an injury cloud.

The standard two-point gap to win a game has been abandoned in favour of a race to 21 points for the first two games and 11 points for the decider, if needed.

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