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Injured Wei Sheng throws in the towel in semi-finals

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Published: 19 August 2010
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PETALING JAYA: It was a painful blow to shuttler Loh Wei Sheng’s hopes to guarantee a Youth Olympic Games medal for Malaysia in badminton when he limped out of the boys’ singles semi-final match against Pisit Poodchalat at the Singapore Indoor Stadium last night.

The Asian junior runner-up was forced to concede a walkover to the Thai while trailing 3-11 in the rubber game after having sprained his ankle in the second game, which he won 21-19. Wei Sheng had lost the first game 13-21.

Wei Sheng, who stepped out of court in the second game to seek treatment for the injury, had to throw in the towel when the pain became unbearable in the decider.

It remains to be seen whether Wei Sheng will be able to recover in time to play in the bronze medal playoff match against Kang Ji-wook of South Korea tonight.

Top seed and world junior runner-up Ji-wook was beaten 21-19, 17-21, 17-21 by H.S. Prannoy of India in the other semi-final.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia coordinator for the junior programme, How Kim Tho, said that it was unfortunate for Wei Sheng was not able to fight all the way for a place in the final.

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Chong Wei urges BWF to step in after surviving two bad calls (pic)

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Published: 11 July 2010
Written by Hits: 1231

PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has urged the World Badminton Federation (BWF) to seriously look into the quality of line judging after surviving two bad calls en route to retaining the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold men’s singles title at Stadium Bandaraya in Johor Baru yesterday.

It was the second consecutive time in a final after the Indonesian Open last week in which Chong Wei had to endure poor line calls.Smashing contest: Lee Chong Wei (right) and Wong Choong Hann posing with their prizes after their Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold men’s singles final yesterday. Chong Wei won 21-8, 14-21, 21-15.

And he hoped the BWF can introduce electronic line calling technology along with a player challenge system, which is currently used in world tennis.

Yesterday, Chong Wei dropped a game for the first time in the second-tier international tournament to get the better of compatriot and veteran Wong Choong Hann, winning 21-8, 14-21, 21-14 in a 47-minute final.

In the decider, it all looked well and fine for Chong Wei even though he faced some resistance from Choong Hann. But he almost lost his cool halfway into the game following two poor back-to-back line calls.

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Azad rules out coercion to stabilise population (pic)

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Published: 11 July 2010
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“Centre will spread awareness of the benefits of small families”

Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday ruled out any coercive policies to stabilise population and said awareness among the people of the benefits of small families was the most effective way to achieve the goal. Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad felicitating badminton star Saina Nehwal at the ‘Run for Population Stabilization’at Rajpath on World Population Day, in New Delhi on Sunday.

Speaking at a function to flag off a run to mark the World Population Day, the Minister said population stabilisation was extremely important, given that India has a share of 17 per cent of the world's population, while it has to make do with a mere 2.5 per cent of global land.

He reiterated that the Central government would try to stabilise the population by making the people aware of the benefits of small families.

“Strict implementation of the laws governing the age of marriage and delayed first child with proper spacing may help in dealing with the population problem.”

Stress on education

Mr. Azad said the craving for male child was another problem, but the spread of education, especially among girls, would help.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit highlighted the need for small families, arguing that uncontrolled population growth might slow down development given the limited resources.

She also called for empowerment of girls and women.

Led by badminton player Saina Nehwal, more than 3,000 children of Delhi schools took part in the run from Vijay Chowk to the India Gate.



Chong Wei Stretched To The Limit By Choong Hann Before Retaining Title

Category: Badminton News
Published: 11 July 2010
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Defending champion Datuk Lee Chong Wei was stretched to the limit by veteran Wong Choong Hann before retaining his Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold men's singles title in an all-Malaysian affair at the Johor Baharu Indoor Stadium here Sunday.

Chong Wei, fresh from winning the Indonesian Open, had to go the extra mile before overcoming the seasoned veteran 21-8, 14-21, 21-15 in three sets.

Choong Hann who had defeated former Olympic and world champion Taufik Hidayat in the semi final yesterday, was run over by Chong Wei in the first game but pulled up his socks in the second game to show that he was not a spent force.

In the deciding set, Chong Wei, the reigning world number one, pulled out all his tricks in the bag to dash the veteran's hopes of landing his first title of the year.

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One title in the bag and Ng sisters can deliver another (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 11 July 2010
Written by Hits: 1065

PETALING JAYA: Veteran men’s singles shuttler Wong Choong Hann and the Ng sisters, Hui Lin-Hui Ern, pulled off unexpected victories to assure Malaysia one title and raised a hope for another in the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold at Stadium Bandaraya in Johor Baru yesterday.

Independent shuttler Choong Hann staged an incredible comeback from 8-15 in the second game to beat second seed Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia 21-15, 24-22 in a 40-minute match to reach a first final this year.A surprise: Ng Hui Ern and Ng Hui Lin qualified for the final after they beat Zhang Dan and Zhang Zhibo of Macau.

His victory prevented a repeat showdown of the Indonesian Open final last week between Taufik and world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei.

Defending champion Chong Wei sent Ajay Jayram of India packing at 21-16, 21-13 in a lopsided semi-final match.

World Championship-bound Choong Hann was thrilled with the win, especially after going through tense moments in the second game.

“The first game was easier than I had thought. I was leading all the way against Taufik and this scenario is quite rare for me. Usually, it will be close,” he said.

“And true enough, Taufik came back stronger in the second game and took a comfortable 15-8 lead. But I managed to claw back into the game. I became more confident and fortunately, I hung on to finish off the match in straight games.

Hui Lin-Hui Ern came make it a double joy for Malaysia today. They will play against Thailand’s A. Duanganong-V. Kunchala of Thailand for the women’s doubles title.

Part-timers Hui Lin-Hui Ern made it to a first-ever final in an international Open when they tamed Macau’s fifth seeds Zhang Dan-Zhang Zhibo 21-10, 21-11 in just 20 minutes.

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