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A visit to World Champion Ratchanok "May" Intanon's badminton school (pic)

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Published: 21 August 2013
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Ban Thongyord is not a cooking school. It's a badminton camp – the training home for world's No.2 badminton player Ratchanok "May" Intanon.

A scene of little kids in yellow T-shirts running in excitement to join their class greeted us on our arrival at Ban Thongyord. The name in Thai literally means an egg drop coated in syrup, which is a dessert But Ban Thongyord is not a cooking school. It's a badminton camp – the training home for world's No.2 badminton player Ratchanok "May" Intanon, whose recent world championship win has made her the country's biggest star athlete and a household name.School owner Kamala Thongkorn meets with some of the aspiring badminton players.

"People often think that our school offers a dessert programme. It just happens to be named after our family's dessert business," said former national youth badminton player Kanitsara Ngensrisuk, who helps her mother Kamala Thongkorn, the lady behind May's success to manage the school after her retirement.

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‘Can’t make Lee like Lin Dan’ (pic)

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Published: 20 August 2013
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Malaysian’s long-time coach Sue Bock says that the World No. 1 is not as mentally strong as the Chinese superstar

Mumbai: Every sport has its own little riddles and Badminton too has a special case. The Malaysian Lee Chong Wei might be the world no. 1 but why does he keep failing against Lin Dan, the multiple Olympic and World champion?
It’s a question that fascinates the Badminton fraternity and who better to answer it than Lee’s personal coach Tey Seu Bock? The coach offers a very interesting analogy as an explanation. He says that two cars can be similar in make, they can have the same engine and even be the exact shape and size but still you will find one minor detail that differentiates the two. Lee Chong Wei (right) with his Mumbai Masters’ teammate and All England winner Tine Buan at the National Sports Club of India yesterday. Mumbai Masters take on Delhi Smashers in their IBL encounter today

For him as far as talent and skill is concerned he says Lee and Lin Dan are very much alike but he says that the Malaysian does seem to be mentally fragile when it comes to winning that gold medal. “Lin Dan is mentally much stronger player. He is fantastic, a one in a million so to speak.

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Good strategy key in sports

Category: Badminton News
Published: 20 August 2013
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I REFER to "Down but not out" (Off the Cuff, Aug 20), commenting on the poor state of our badminton and the recent defeat of Datuk Lee Chong Wei.

The comments are fair, constructive and analytical. The reasons for our defeats are often based on lame excuses by officials such as the lack of air – as the major factor. It further implies that Lin Dan had been training without air-conditioning.

Chong Wei's greatest asset is his powerful smash, especially his cross-court smash. If his opponent does not study his game he will invariably fall prey to it. I believe that Lin Dan had been studying Chong Wei's game in great detail and has strategised a solution to counter this.

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Taufik Hidayat says Indian Badminton League auction was not fair (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 20 August 2013
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Hidayat was bought for USD 15,000 by Hyderabad Hotshots, the team that Saina Nehwal also represents in the Indian Badminton League.

Former Olympic and World champion Taufik Hidayat is the latest to criticise the auction process of the inaugural Indian Badminton League (IBL) and felt the foreign players were not treated in a fair manner as compared to their Indian counterparts.

Hidayat was bought for a meagre USD 15,000 (same base price) by Hyderabad Hotshots. However, his less experienced teammates -- Pradnya Gadre (USD 46,000, base price - USD 10,000), Tarun Kona (USD 28,000, base price - USD 15,000) and Ajay Jayaram (USD 25,000, same base price) -- were sold for higher amounts.Taufik Hidayat

"I felt bad when for the first time I saw on TV how much a player was bought for. I felt the IBL didn't treat the foreign players in the right manner. The price slab that was set was nonsense. Most of the foreign players were sold for their base price while the Indain players were bought for much higher prices," Hidayat told reporters last night.

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Badminton's 'Super Dan' takes swipe at world body (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 20 August 2013
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HONG KONG — Chinese superstar Lin Dan took a swipe at badminton's global governing body after his record fifth world title win was hit by controversy, just a year after a scandal at the London Olympics.

In a rare interview, "Super Dan" questioned whether the Badminton World Federation (BWF) understood players' needs after the body investigated the apparent failure of the air-conditioning during his victory over world number one Lee Chong Wei.

And the 29-year-old great also took aim at the BWF over last year's embarrassing episode at the Olympics, when eight players, including two from China, were disqualified for deliberately trying to lose matches.China's Lin Dan kisses his wife Xie Xingfang after winning his men's singles final on August 11, 2013

Witnesses at this month's men's world final in Guangzhou, southern China, said the stadium air-conditioning, which had been affecting players at one end of the court, went off at the start of the second game, when Lin switched to the breezy side.

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