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Badminton’s bad boy (pic)

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Published: 05 August 2008
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In the U.S., badminton is nothing much more than a game played during a backyard barbecue. But in much of Asia, it’s a national passion and the elite players are amazingly skilled, having to handle serves that can top 200 mph. Image

The favorite in the men’s singles is Lin Dan of China, who owns a ton of titles but has yet to win an Olympic gold medal. He’s a national star, his girlfriend, Xie Xingfang, is also top-ranked and he would fit right in with American jocks who like to play the bad boy.

Lin’s most recent public bust-up was with South Korea’s Chinese coach Li Mao in January.
During a defeat to Lee Hyun-il, Lin threw his racket in Li’s direction after protesting a line call awarding a match point to Lee. Lin refused to apologise for his outburst, saying Li was insulting him in Chinese.

In April, Lin was forced to deny on his blog newspaper reports that he had punched his coach Ji Xinpeng in training.

Despite his indiscipline, Lin is an officer in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and signals his victories with a triumphant military salute — more food to critics who feel he should be more humble. … “People have different characters and different temperaments,” Lin says in his defense.

A badminton player with ‘tude? All we need now is for him to start referring to himself in the third person.

 
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Clicking on court (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 August 2008
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THEY may be like chalk and cheese but the national badminton pair of Lee Wan Wah and Choong Tan Fook has consistently been among the top ranked doubles outfit in the world since they combined forces over a decade ago.

When on the court, their almost telepathic-like understanding and overwhelming desire to succeed have helped them amass numerous titles through the years.

To have survived this long at the top level and overcome such tremendous odds, one would imagine they must be almost alike to have forged such a successful partnership.

On the contrary, for those who know them, it is stunning that two players with such vastly different lives have managed to click so well on court.

 

Well wishes for Beijing-bound shuttlers after last training session at Bukit Jalil (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 August 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR: Wishes of “good luck” and “all the best” were the order of the day when the shuttlers for the Olympics completed their final training session at Gymnasium II in Bukit Jalil yesterday before they left for Beijing.

At midnight, nine players – Lee Chong Wei, Wong Choong Hann, Wong Mew Choo, Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah, Tan Boon Heong-Koo Kien Keat and Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty – took the flight on a mission to nail an elusive gold medal for Malaysia.

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Ready for battle: The Malaysian badminton team posing with the Malaysian flag at the KLIA yesterday. The team left for the Beijing Olympic Games last night. – MOHD SAHAR MISNI / The Star

 

Chinese Taipei badminton hopefuls dream big at Beijing Olympics

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Published: 05 August 2008
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BEIJING, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Chien Yu Chin and Cheng Wen Hsing, an unseeded pair of women's doubles from Chinese Taipei, are dreaming of marching into semi-finals at the Beijing Olympics.
 

Beijing Olympics: Lee Chong Wei bids for Malaysia's first gold medal

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Lee Chong Wei has the weight of expectation resting on his shoulders as he bids to become Malaysia's first ever Olympic gold medal.

 

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