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Wan Wah: We will not take any rivals lightly (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 13 May 2008
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DOUBLES shuttler Lee Wan Wah says that Malaysia will not make the mistake of under-estimating their opponents in the Thomas Cup Finals after getting an easy ride into the quarter-finals from South Korea.

Tomorrow, Malaysia will be up against the winners of today's tie between Japan and Germany.

A full-strength Malaysia beat a deliberately weakened South Korea 4-1 yesterday to emerge as the Group B winners. Wah Wah and Choong Tan Fook were the losers in the tie against the scratch pair of Jung Jae-sung-Lee Jae-jin. They lost 22-20, 10-21, 16-21.

The Koreans fielded Athens Olympic Games silver medallist and third ranked singles player Shon Seung-mo for the first match and named doubles player Hwang Ji-man as the third singles.

 

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A cruise: Mohd Hafiz Hashim eased past doubles specialist Hwang Ji-man.

 

Earthquake fails to jolt fired-up Zhongbo

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 13 May 2008
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AN earthquake hit at the south-western Chinese province of Sichuan yesterday but doubles shuttler Xie Zhongbo will stay focused on his Thomas Cup tasks.
 

Denmark warn against annoying the fans

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 13 May 2008
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DENMARK fear that badminton fans would start to turn away from the sport if the Badminton World Federation (BWF) do not make a major revamp to the present competition format for the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup tournaments.
 

Rules to be reassessed after South Korea throws matches

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 13 May 2008
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JAKARTA (Reuters) - Badminton chiefs will consider a new format for the Thomas and Uber Cups after South Korea shamelessly threw two group matches in order to secure an easier passage later in the men's tournament.
 

Blame it on the format, says Korean manager (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 13 May 2008
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SOUTH Korea made a total mockery of the Badminton World Federation's (BWF) competition format for the Thomas Cup Finals by openly declaring that their best path to the final is by losing all their group matches.

The new format, allowing all 16 teams to move into the knockout phase, was introduced at the 2004 Finals, also in Jakarta.

Yesterday morning, the Koreans fielded their singles players in the doubles and their doubles specialists in the singles to lose 1-4 to England in their opening Group B tie.

Immediately after the defeat, team manager Kim Jong-soo admitted that they had also plotted to throw away their final group tie against Malaysia last night. The Koreans also lost 1-4.

The reason: South Korea wanted to finish bottom of the three-team group to go into the same quarter of the knockout draw with Denmark.

 

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The Korean team manager Kim Jong-soo admitted that the team had deliberately lost to England and Malaysia to increase their chances of reaching the final.

 

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