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August 16 is when the long wait must end

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 08 February 2009
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MALAYSIA'S position as one of the world's best badminton nations is rather hollow when one considers the fact that we are the only nation in the Big Five -- China, Indonesia, South Korea and Denmark being the others -- who have yet to win a world or Olympic title.

China have dominated the Olympics and the World Championships consistently while Indonesia too have a great history at badminton's major events.

The Koreans -- almost always -- rise to the occasion in the Olympics and World Championships while Denmark not only have had several world champions but also an Olympic gold medallist in Poul Erik Hoyer Larsen, who won the men's singles in Atlanta '96.

England, Japan and the United States -- hardly powerhouses in badminton -- have also won world titles while for Malaysia, it has been a case of always the bridesmaid since the inaugural edition 32 years ago.

Men's doubles Razif and Jalani Sidek were the first to falter in 1987 when they lost to China's Li Yongbo-Tian Bingyi in the men's doubles final and this was followed by Cheah Soon Kit's double failure.
Soon Kit and Soo Beng Kiang were favourites to capture the title but the Indonesian scratch pair of Ricky Subagja-Gunawan shocked them in 1993 while new pair Candra Wijaya-Sigit Budiarto denied Soon Kit-Yap Kim Hock in 1997.
 

Bleak outlook for the future of sports

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 08 February 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: One had to strain to listen to the soft voice of Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Datuk Dr Khoo Kay Kim during his no holes-barred talk on “Sports in Malaysia - yesterday and today”.

To make matters worse, many in the audience had to put up with annoying late-comers, beeping handphones and inconsiderate chit-chatting by others in the cramped conference room at the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) building yesterday.

Through it all, though, what was more discomforting was the bleak picture painted by Prof Khoo as far as the future of the Malaysian sports is concerned.

 

Top juniors make the final stages (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 February 2009
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JERSEY’S top junior badminton players may well have claimed only four titles in the annual Credit Suisse Junior Open at the New Gilson Hall last weekend but they featured prominently in finals and semi-finals certainly gave a good account of themselves.

There was an excellent entry from the UK and Guernsey, with nine English counties being represented. In excess of 250 matches were played in four age groups, under 1Jersey’s Ben Watson3, 15, 17 and 19. Without exception all of the visiting players from the UK are seasoned competitors with the majority being highly ranked on the English junior circuit.

Jersey’s titles came from Marilisa Garnier who claimed two in the U19 age group, winning the girls singles final in three sets against fellow Islander Jade Coombs-Goodfellow, 21-17, 17-21, 21-12. The finalists then combined to win the doubles on Friday evening, adding to the Guernsey Open title secured in November.

Brett Coombs-Goodfellow was victorious in the U15 mixed doubles where he partnered Becci Crawshaw from Warwarkshire to a 21-19,21-19 win in the final over Hampshire’s Andrew and Melissa Stride. The fourth title for a Jersey player came in the U17 boys doubles where Matthew Bignall partnered Cheshire’s Michael Johnston to register a 22-20, 21-11 victory in the final over Guernsey’s Glen Le Tissier and Harry Southwell.

 
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Do It: Test your reflexes in badminton (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 February 2009
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Although it's the Asian states like China, South Korea and Indonesia that dominate international badminton competitions, this sport has been recently gaining popularity as a recreational activity in the Czech Republic as well.

There are several reasons why more and more Czechs are becoming addicted to this sport – you get a great workout for a reasonable price and basically anyone can play it. What's more, badminton can be a lot of fun. The brand new badminton hall in Prague's Št?rboholy has 14 badminton courts

 
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BADMINTON TICKETS UP FOR GRABS

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 February 2009
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AN England badminton victory on Sunday, February 15, would bridge a 25-year gap at European level.

The ECHO Arena stages the European Team Championships from next Tuesday, with England second favourites to the powerful Danish side.

You have to go back to the 1980s in Preston to celebrate the last home team success, but England coach Ian Wright is looking to his players to try and improve on that record.

With 32 nations competing it promises to be a thrilling tournament – and you could see some of the action free.

The ECHO, in conjunction with Badminton England, are offering 10 pairs of tickets for Thursday, February 12.

To have a chance of winning a pair of tickets just answer the following question:

 

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