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Chong Wei is ever ready to take on his challengers

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Published: 26 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei’s bid to end his title drought in the All-England and World Championships may have become tougher but he is ready to take the bull by the horns.

Recent results indicate that the Malaysian will have more than one genuine title contender to deal with at both the All-England in Birmingham from March 3-8 and the World Championships in Hyderabad, India from Aug 10-16.

Both these tournaments are important to Chong Wei.

Chong Wei’s main stumbling block in the past has always been China’s Olympic champion Lin Dan but, recently, others have caught up.

Chong Wei’s defeat to Peter-Gade Christensen of Denmark in the final of the Korean Open recently shows that the Dane, who is making a strong comeback following a year of injuries and illness, is back where he belongs — as one of the main contenders for major titles.

 

Malaysia Not Targeting Any Gold In London Yet

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 January 2009
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PUTRAJAYA, Jan 22 (Bernama) -- The Youth and Sports Ministry is not setting any target for a gold medal at the London Olympic Games in 2012 yet but hopes the Malaysian athletes will achieve a better performance than in Beijing.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, however, does not rule out that Malaysia may win more than one silver that was won by national singles shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei in Beijing.

"One gold, possibly. But we have to be realistic," he told reporters after chairing the first meeting of the Olympic Games 2012 Steering Committee, at the ministry, here today.
 
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Shuttlers Want More Practice Partners

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 January 2009
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Times are tough all over, it seems.

Even shuttlers, among the most celebrated athletes in Indonesia, are feeling the economic pinch. After the Indonesian Badminton Association, or PBSI, ran out of money in 2008, the players are now struggling just to find training partners.

Markis Kido, one half of the world’s top men’s doubles pair, with Hendra Setiawan, was among a number of top shuttlers complaining about a lack of competition at the PBSI training camp in Cipayung, East Jakarta.

“We’re lacking sparring partners now,” Markis said on Wednesday. “It is not enough just to compete between the six of us. Ideally, we need three more pairs as sparring partners.”

Due to budget shortages, PBSI called just 22 players to the camp in early January, though it announced it would bring in more players in February.

 
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Saina guides hosts BPCL to victory

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Published: 22 January 2009
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Pune, Jan 22 (PTI) World No. 10 Saina Nehwal guided hosts Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) to a comfortable 3-0 win over ONGC in the group league stage of the women's team event at the 29th PSPB Inter Unit Badminton Championships, here today.
Saina defeated Ruth Misha 21-10, 21-14 while teammate Jwala Gutta beat Ashwini Ponappa 21-18, 13-21, 22-20 to give BPCL a 2-0 lead.

Gutta later teamed up Shruti Kurian to beat Ashwini Ponaapa and Nitya Sosale 21-13, 21-17.

In men's team event, BPCL defeated Oil India Limited 3-0 to clinch the third place.

Aditya Prakash beat SDS Krishna 21-14, 21-15 and Arvind Bhat then got past Anshuman Hazarika 22-20, 21-15. Bhat and Anup Sridhar next teamed up to defeat Krishna and Hazarika 21-17, 21-17 to secure third place.
 
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Junior development badminton tournament (pic)

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Published: 22 January 2009
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SUMMERSIDE -- Three players earned double wins at a recent junior development badminton tournament here at Athena Consolidated School recently.
Dakota Cameron won under-16 boys' singles and doubles; Whitney Gallant won under-16 girls' singles and doubles, and Jesse Cameron took the under-14 boys' singles and doubles titles.
An encouraging element in this tournament was the number of new or relatively new entrants to the sport who showed talent and promise for the future. With all events being held in a round-robin format, new entrants had a good opportunity to test their ability against a number of other entrants.  
With two years of experience in the Atlantic badminton championships, including reaching the final of under-16 boys' doubles final with his brother, Jordan, in 2008, it was not surprising that Dakota Cameron won all his under-16 singles matches in two games.
In the crossovers, the winners of each of the two pools, Dakota Cameron and noteworthy newcomer Nathan Brown, reached the final, the former with a win over Greg McGuire 21-15, 21-9 and the latter with a 21-15, 21-14 score over Tyson Arsenault. 
Dakota beat Nathan 21-12, 21-15 in the final. McGuire beat his doubles partner, Arsenault, 21-15, 21-13 for third place.
Nathan Brown is about to make a shot during under-16 boys' singles action at a recent junior development badminton tournament at Athena Consolidated School. Jason Simmonds/Journal Pioneer
 
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