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China Masters help Chinese players tune up for National Games

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Published: 15 September 2009
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CHANGZHOU, Jiangsu Province, Sept. 15 -- Leading a gigantic team at the China Masters badminton tournament, Chinese head coach Li Yongbo would not leave the up-coming National Games behind.

    The six-day China Masters takes place one month before the quadrennial National Games where all Chinese provinces compete in events included in the Olympic Games.

    Keeping the National Games in mind, Li fielded over 100 players from the national top string team, the reserves and the provincial teams to the badminton super series which kicks off on Tuesday in the east city of China.

 

Olympic medal is Gopichand’s dream (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 September 2009
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Calcutta: As a player, he won the prestigious All England Championships in 2001. He has also been awarded with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the Padma Shri and, more recently, the Dronacharya Award. But former shuttler Pullela Gopichand feels his list of achievements will be incomplete until one of his students go on to win an Olympic medal.Pullela Gopichand instructs youngsters at a badminton clinic in a city school, on Saturday.

In the city to attend badminton clinics of the East Zone chapter of his academy, Gopichand said: “Winning the All England was great and receiving the Dronacharya was also a great honour… But I’ll be happiest the day one of my students goes on to win an Olympic medal.”

The 35-year-old was also of the view that the sport was on the right track in the country. “The scenes are very encouraging in India. At present, we almost have a top-20 player in each of the categories.

“We just need to graduate to the next level, and that’s very much possible. All we need is some fine tuning and focus on fitness,” he said.

 

Thai badminton looks to advance to the next level (pic)

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Published: 15 September 2009
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Prof Charoen sets sights on Olympic glory after disappointment in Beijing

When Charoen Wattanasin took over as president of the Badminton Association of Thailand, I knew there would be a dramatic change in the sport for the better.PODIUM: Boonsak Ponsana and 14-year-old Rachanok Intanon hold their silverware at the All-Thailand Championships.

Badminton in Thailand has enjoyed a long rich history and one of those who contributed to the advancement of the discipline is Prof Charoen.

My first meeting with Charoen was in the early 1970s at the Royal Bangkok Sports Club when I partnered him in a game of doubles and he told me that my badminton wasn't as good as my table tennis.

We had barely spoken to each other and that was the first time we played together.

I immediately fathomed his honesty and had tremendous respect for him and his straightforwardness.

My first impression of him was high. I said to myself that given his rich background and his contribution to the advancement of the sport as a player, he will do a lot if given the opportunity.

 

China Open redraw pits Chong Wei, Lin Dan in same half (pic)

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Published: 15 September 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: A redraw for the men’s singles competition of the China Masters in Changzhou next week may have taken away the smile from world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei.No cheer: Lee Chong Wei is the top seed while Lin Dan is seeded fourth in the China Open.

The top seeded Malaysian now finds world champion Lin Dan of China, who is seeded fourth, in his half of the draw.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) confirmed that yesterday that they opted for a redraw following the withdrawal of world No. 20 Wacha Przemyslaw of Poland.

 

Olympics-Malaysia investing in four sports for elusive gold

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Published: 15 September 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 9 - Malaysia is earmarking around $5 million to train 19 athletes led by badminton world number one Lee Chong Wei to deliver the nation's first Olympic gold medal at the 2012 London Games.

Badminton, archery, cycling and diving have been shortlisted for the "Road to London" scheme, with the government setting aside 16 million ringgit ($4.6 million) for comprehensive training.

"They will be depended upon to deliver Malaysia's elusive gold medal in London," the New Straits Times quoted Malaysian cabinet committee for sports chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as saying on Wednesday.

"However, 19 is not a fixed number as we may add more athletes and sports under the programme," he said.

($1= 3.5 Malaysian Ringgit)

 
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