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It pays to be successful on BAM's payroll (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 January 2009
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THERE are no national sports associations (NSAs) which can rival the BA of Malaysia's monetary security to its players.

BAM has efficient incentives, world ranking and match bonuses as well as allowances which promises all players a comfortable life as long as they work hard and be successful in the international arena.

The world ranking bonus is the most attractive as players ranked from World No 32 to World No 1 get a quarterly payment ranging from RM4,500 to RM45,000.

The women's singles players enjoy between RM4,500 to RM36,000 in the same ranking bracket.

The men's doubles are restricted to the top 16 where the highest payout per quarter is RM80,000 if they rank No 1 or No 2, while the pairs ranked from ninth to 16th get RM24,000.
The women's doubles receive between RM12,000 and RM60,000.

The lack of success and focus in the mixed doubles means only the top eight benefit but an amount of RM40,000 for a top or second ranked pair quarterly is a substantial amount (for full list refer to graphics).

A successful player or pair can earn from the match bonus scheme RM10,000 for a Super Series title and RM5,000 for a grand prix win, and there is another attractive sum in the form of a presidential bonus which guarantees an additional 25 per cent of the winning purse.

BAM has also not neglected incentives for winning major events as an Olympic gold is worth RM100,000 while at a lower level, a player can earn RM10,000 if he wins a Sea Games individual or team gold.

Monthly salary, or allowance as it is called, ranges from RM500 to RM3,000 based on the achievement of players.

Although BAM has not made it too difficult for the national shuttlers to earn a decent living, it remains a mystery why they are struggling to make the grade.
 

Saina aims to be World No 1 by 2010 (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 January 2009
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Pune: India's badminton star Saina Nehwal feels she can beat the world's best after her recent success at the international stage and is aiming to become World No 1 by 2010.

Saina, who is currently ranked No 10, said she will be looking to climb five places by the end of this year.

"I have always dreamt of becoming World No 1. I have been working very hard to fulfil my dream. If all goes well I will aim to reach the top of the ranking by the year 2010," Saina said here Wednesday.

The top Indian ace is here to participate in the PSPB Inter-unit badminton tournament.

"I have been working quite hard to improve on my weak points."

 

Korea Open: Rashid: Learn to take risks

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 January 2009
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THE national back-up singles shuttlers have shown some improvement in the Malaysia Open and the ongoing Korea Open but national singles coach Rashid Sidek is far from impressed.

Rashid had seen his charges Chong Wei Feng, Liew Daren, Arif Latif and Tan Chun Seang playing well in patches but stressed that they will never make it big if they don't take risks to survive on the international scene.

Liew Daren failed to capitalise on the breakthrough in the Malaysia Open where he reached the last eight as he fell in the qualifying rounds to Shon Wan Ho of South Korea who went on to reach the quarter-finals in the Korea Open.

Wei Feng was fortunate to make it to the main draw on both events but has yet to reach the last eight of a Super Series event while Arif and Chun Seang are far too inconsistent despite their talent.
 

Olympic Champs Defend Korea Open Title (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 January 2009
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Lee Yong-dae yesterday used his powerful smash timed as fast as 300 kilometers per hour.

 

His doubles partner Lee Hyo-jung, who at 181 centimeters is one centimeter taller than Yong-dae, continued to score points through clever hairpins that narrowly scaled the net.

 

Taiwan duo take women's badminton title (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 January 2009
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SEOUL -- Top seeds Cheng Wen-hsing and Chien Yu-chin from Taiwan defeated South Korea's Lee Hyojung and Lee Kungwon Sunday to win the women's doubles title at the 2009 Yonex Korea Open Super Series held in Seoul. Cheng Wen-hsing, left, and Chien Yu-chin from Taiwan yesterday win the women's doubles title at the 2009 Yonex Korea Open Super Series held in Seoul.

Cheng and Chien stopped their second-seeded South Korean opponents in straight sets, 21-19, 21-8.

The Taiwanese women got off to a rocky start in the first set, falling behind 11-5, but seemed more comfortable together after taking a break. The fought back to tie the set at 19-19 before closing it out by taking the final two points.

Riding the momentum of their first set comeback, the Taiwanese duo coasted past the South Koreans in the second set to clinch the title.

Cheng and Chien won US$27,000 for their efforts at the US$300,000 tournament, which featured a total of 175 men and women from 21 countries.

The team from Denmark was the biggest winner in the competition, walking away with three of the tournament's five titles — in the men's singles, women's singles and men's doubles.

The host team of South Korea only managed to win the mixed doubles event.

 
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