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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:

 

Iran Denies Visas for U.S. Women's Badminton Team

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 February 2009
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TEHRAN, Feb. 4 -- Iran did not issue visas for a group of U.S. female badminton players it had invited to compete in the country in events starting Friday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday, citing the "time-consuming process" of handling such applications.

"They will not participate in the competition," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said during his weekly news conference.

The Iranian Badminton Federation, a part of Iran's Physical Education Organization, which is headed by Vice President Mohammad Aliabadi, had invited the eight players, along with four coaches and managers, to participate in a tournament during celebrations to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution.

"We are disappointed and hope the Americans will forgive us," said Zahra Tayyebin, head of the Badminton Federation's public relations office. "They should know that the Badminton Federation did all the necessary follow-ups for the visas."

Thirteen other foreign teams, including squads from Malaysia, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq, will take part in the tournament.

The Obama administration said it was mystified by the visa refusal, especially because the president and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have expressed a willingness to engage with Tehran. The badminton team's visit would have been the first cultural exchange under the new administration, but it was arranged as part of a concerted effort by the Bush administration since 2006 to promote cultural, medical and athletic contacts between two countries that have not had diplomatic relations for three decades.
 

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