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Lee Chong Wei Prays for The Missing Flight MH370 (pic)

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Published: 09 March 2014
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SEPANG: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei showed his mental strength by staying focused on his mission at the recently-concluded All-England despite learning about the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370.

Chong Wei, who expressed sadness over the missing plane, said on Tuesday: “I was shocked when I heard about it after my semi-final match but I had to stay focused on the final.

“I know the chief steward on that flight, Andrew Nari. I had met and talked to him before, so it did affect me (in the All-England final against China’s Chen Long).

“I pray for the safety of flight MH370 and all the 239 people on board.”Lee Chong Wei, on arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, showing photographers a picture of him and Andrew Nari, the chief steward on MH370 which has disappeared. Chong Wei had met Nari on a previous flight.

 
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Europe need to hit back at Asian domination: Badminton chief - Poul-Erik Hoyer

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Published: 09 March 2014
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BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom: World badminton chief Poul-Erik Hoyer has warned that European players need to find urgent solutions after their disastrous performance at the All-England Open if they want to avoid a permanent power shift to Asia.
Hoyer won two All-England men’s singles titles and an Olympic gold medal  for Denmark during the 1990’s, but last week’s tournament saw Europe fail to  achieve a semi-finalist spot in any of the five events for the first time in  the tournament’s 115-year history.
   
With vast sums invested by some Asian countries, a fear that the sport  could become further dominated by one region, a potential threat to its Olympic  standing, has been increasing.
   
And Hoyer, the President of the Badminton World Federation (BWF), hinted at  possible European solutions needed whilst celebrating the phenomenal Asian  success.
   
“Setting up combined facilities so European players can share and create  higher quality - that could be something which countries should think about,”  said Hoyer, who also became an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member  last month.
 
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Doubles pairs still have kinks to iron out (pic)

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Published: 09 March 2014
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BIRMINGHAM: While world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei can return home with a big smile on his face, the same cannot be said of Malaysia’s under-performing men’s doubles pairs at the All-England.

Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah and Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong came here with high hopes of doing well but both pairs fell short.Malaysian Open champions Goh V Shem (right) and Lim Khim Wah still have some ways to go before they can seriously challenge for honours on the international stage.

Thien How-Wee Kiong, ranked No. 7 in the world, failed to get their game going in the quarter-finals and surrendered meekly to Indonesia’s Gideon Markus Fernaldi-Markis Kido.

The 24-year-old Wee Kiong said that they were emotionally affected by unfavourable service calls, which led to their defeat.

 
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Zulfadli: I’ll get it right in two years (pic)

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Published: 09 March 2014
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BIRMINGHAM: Former world junior champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli may have fallen behind the likes of Japan’s Kento Momota and Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen, but he’s not giving up just yet.

All three competed in the World Junior Championships in 2011 and Zulfadli topped the class by winning the boys’ singles title. Today, the other two are way ahead of Zulfadli.Former world junior champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli is ranked 56th in the world compared to his peers Kento Momota (No.15) of Japan and Victor Axelson (No.26) of Denmark.

Momota is now ranked No. 15 in the world while Axelsen is No. 26. Zulfadli, on the other hand, is lagging behind at No. 56.

 
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Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan win Indonesia's 1st All England title after 11 years (pic)

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Published: 09 March 2014
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With a lively contingent of Indonesian supporters cheering them on at a packed National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England, Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan finally ended Indonesia’s 11 year wait for a men’s doubles All England Super Series Premier title on Sunday.Sweet victory: Mohammad Ahsan (left) and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia react after beating Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakaway of Japan in their All England Open Badminton Championships men's doubles final match in Birmingham, central England, on Sunday. The world's No. 1 pair defeated the Japanese pair 21-19, 21-19.

The world number one pair claimed the trophy after defeating the world number two team of Hiroyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayakawa from Japan in a tight two-set game 21-19, 21-19.

Indonesia last won the men’s doubles All England trophy was when veteran duo Sigit Budiarto/Chandra Wijaya clinched the title in 2003.

 
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