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Badminton Takes Swing At Avoiding Repeat Of London Scandal (pic)

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Published: 07 December 2012
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The biggest scandal at the summer Olympics in London didn't involve doping, or boorish behavior by athletes or judges tipping the results.

No, the biggest scandal came out of the badminton competition, shocking the sport's fanatic followers in Asia and leaving the rest of the world snickering at cheating in badminton, of all things.

But there it was as clear as HDTV — players capable of firing shuttlecocks off their rackets at as much as 200 mph were lightly lofting the birdie, often directly into the net or out of bounds. The crowds at the Wembley Arena booed and hissed and the sport's quadrennial international spotlight turned to embarrassment and ridicule.Referee Torsten Berg tried to get players from Indonesia (near court) and South Korea to try their hardest during this match at the London Olympics. The format gave some teams an incentive to lose — in order to get easier opponents in upcoming matches. That format's being changed

Eight women playing on four doubles teams from South Korea, Indonesia and China were tossed out of the Olympics for deliberately trying to lose matches. These were some of the top athletes in the sport. They were actually adapting to a new format for the Olympics in which losers in early matches could still advance to later rounds. They took the strategic step of losing on purpose so they would face easier opponents later.

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Chong Wei, Koo/Tan Advance To Denmark Open Final

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Published: 20 October 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 20 -- World number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei is just a step away from winning the Yonex Denmark Open men's singles title.

In a tight semifinal round today at Odense, Denmark, the top seed ousted local shuttler Jan O Jorgensen 22-20, 21-15, to book a slot in the final.

The two-time Olympic silver medallist, who will be celebrating his 30th birthday tomorrow, is set to take on China's young player Du Pengyu.

Earlier, Du Pengyu stunned compatriot and second seeds Chen Long 21-14, 21-10.

Meanwhile, national number one men's doubles Koo Kean Keat and Tan Boon Heong had to endure tough resistance from the Danish formidable pair, Mathias Boe and Carsten Morgensen, before making it into the final.

The world number six pair, who won the game 19-21, 21-11, 26-24, after an hour and 22 minutes gruelling match, is to set a date with South Korean pair Baek Choel Shin/Yeon Seong Yoo.

Another Malaysian doubles, Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying, on the other hand, was crushed by top seed Xu Chen and Ma Jin of China 7-21, 16-21 in the mixed doubles tie.

 

Chong Wei eases into second round of Denmark open

Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 October 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 18, 2012): Malaysian shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei stamped his mark to advance into the second round of the Yonex Denmark Open, held at Odense, Denmark early this morning.

The world number one made short work of his 18-year-old opponent Viktor Axelsen in the first set. In the second set, the Danish player boosted his game to lead 16-10, but Chong Wei, who begun to play more aggresively, bounced back for a 17-17 tie and finally won the game 21-8, 21-18 in 28 minutes.

Top seed Chong Wei will face Thailand ace Boonsak Ponsana in the next round. The other Malaysian singles who made it into the second round were Liew Daren and Tan Chun Seang, together with all the seeded singles players such as Chen Long of China, Simon Santoso of Indonesia and Sho Sasaki of Japan.

However, Danish star Peter Hoeg Gade was shown an early exit by Sourabh Varma of India 18-21, 14-21, much to the disappointment of the home crowd.

In the men's doubles, Malaysia's number one Koo Kean Keat and Tan Boon Heong edged out the South Korean scratch pair Ko Sung Hyun/Lee Young Dae 8-21, 21-16, 21-19, to reach the round of 16.

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Lee Chong Wei advances after a little wobble in first round at Denmark Open Premier Super Series (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 October 2012
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Malaysia’s mega star Lee Chong Wei proved his superior class in the Men’s Singles first round but not before a little wobble near the end of the contest against his local rival Viktor Axelsen at the Yonex Denmark Open Premier Super Series 2012 on Wednesday, October 17, in Denmark.

The world’s top player, who is also top seed in Men’s Singles main draw of the tournament, played to his maximum potential and remained successful in beating his talented opponent Axelsen in just 28 minutes.

Chong Wei started his run in a dominating manner without showing any mercy to his lanky Danish rival in opening set but he had to put in extra effort to avoid a third game and managed to win it in straight sets with a decent score.Lee Chong Wei advances after a little wobble in first round at Denmark Open Premier Super Series

In the meanwhile, the local hero Axelsen was shocked with the punishing treatment he received from his World Number One opponent in the first set.

However, Danish played managed to put up strong show in the following game and stayed ahead until the ending points when he lost his focus and eventually crashed out without winning any game.

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Chong Wei’s office broken into, computers taken (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 16 October 2012
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PETALING JAYA: While Datuk Lee Chong Wei was away playing in the Denmark Open, thieves broke into the world badminton No. 1's office in Bandar Puteri Puchong and carted away several computers, including those which contained pre-wedding photos for his marriage next month.

His brother Lee Chong Hoon, 38, director of Chong Wei Binajaya, said the break-in was discovered by an employee at 9am yesterday when she arrived for work at the first floor of the four-storey shoplot.Prized possession: Chong Hoon showing the two badminton racquets that were left behind by the thieves in Chong Wei’s office in Bandar Puteri Puchong.

“The gate grille on the ground floor was cut, the office was forced open and another door inside the office was broken.

“A total of seven I-Mac computers were stolen and the office was in a mess.

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