• Lee,Li,and Lee seek redemption in Incheon Asian Games

    Kuala Lumpur: Do you know what Lee and Li have in common? Although they are spelled differently, they actually share the same meaning and refer to the same Chinese and Korean Hanja character - .Wish Lee Chong Wei, Li Xuerui and Lee Yong-dae good luck in Incheon

    Wish Lee Chong Wei, Li Xuerui and Lee Yong-dae good luck in Incheon

  • Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong ready for Asiad

    Incheon: South Korea have never had any shortage of men's doubles talent, starting with Park Joo-bong and Kim Moon-soo in the 90's, the 1992 Barcelona Olympics gold medalist was one of the badminton's most formidable men's doubles of all time; followed by Ha Tae-kwon and Kim Dong-moon (2004 Athens Olympics Gold medalist), Lee Dong-soo and Yoo Yong-sung in the 2000's; Lee Yong-dae and Jung Jae-sung from 2007 to 2012; and now, the Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong pair has risen to world number one in BWF ranking despite being together in less than a year.Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong are the dynamic duo for Korea men's doubles

    Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong are the dynamic duo for Korea men's doubles

  • Australian Open: Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How falters

    Sydney: Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How failed to gain revenge in Sydney as they were crushed by world number two Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong 21-14, 21-16 in the men’s doubles semi-finals in 47 minutes. In last month's Thomas Cup Group C tie against Korea, Tan-Hoon lost to the Korean pair 19-21, 19-21.

     

    "The Korean played a lot of high quality shots today. We gave our best, it's just so hard to score a single point from the Korean," said Boon Heong.

     Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong and Hoon Thien How-Tan Boon Heong at post game press conference

    Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong and Hoon Thien How-Tan Boon Heong at post game press conference

    "This is the second tournament for Thien How and I playing as a pair, even though we reached semi-final, but I am not satisfy with the result. We came so close from reaching the final to earn a shot of becoming the men's doubles champion at Australia," said the disappointed Boon Heong.

  • Australian Open: Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How sole Malaysian left standing

    Sydney: Concluding the day's action on States Sports Centre in Sydney, Australia, two Malaysian pairs crashed out of the tournament leaving unseeded Malaysian pair Hoon Thien How-Tan Boon Heong the sole doubles survivor.

     

    On Friday, Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong's sensation run was ended by Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong of Korea. Goh/Tan lost their first set 21-15 to Lee-Yoo easily, but was able to give the Korean a run for their money before losing the second set 24-22.Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How defeats Cai Yun-Lu Kai (right)

    Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How defeats Cai Yun-Lu Kai (right)

  • Australia Open: Three Malaysian pairs march into quarter finals

    Sydney: Malaysia's scratch pair Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong continued their impressive run at the Australian Open badminton championships to stun sixth seeds Markis Kido-Gideon Markus Fernaldi of Indonesia 19-21, 21-11, 21-12 in 33 minutes to reach the quarter-finals in Sydney on Thursday. They will play Lee Yong Dae-Yoo Yeon Seong of Korea who are eyeing their third back to back Superseries titles.Post match interview: Yoo Yeon Seong-Lee Yong Dae (left) and Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata

    Post match interview: Yoo Yeon Seong-Lee Yong Dae (left) and Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata

    The Korean who won Japan Open two weeks ago and Indonesia Open last week overcame a tight match against Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata of Japan 21-18, 20-22, 21-12 in the second round.

  • Indonesia Open Final Results

    Jakarta: On Sunday, Denmark's Jan O. Jorgensen defeated Kenichi Tago to win the men’s singles title.

    In the women's singles final, world number one Li Xuerui of China defeated Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 21-13, 21-13 in 37 minutes to win the title.Lee Yong dae- Yoo Yeon-seong has become the dominant force in men's doubles

    Lee Yong dae- Yoo Yeon-seong has become the dominant force in men's doubles

  • Thomas Cup: Korea may spoil Malaysia's chances

    Kuala Lumpur: When Lee Yong-dae and Kim Ki-jung were set to return to competition after getting their one year suspension lifted by the Badminton World Federation early April, competition in Group C of Thomas Cup is expected to be tough for Malaysia.

    With Malaysia’s doubles pairs’ recent poor results, the task of trying to top the group seems even more daunting, considering the Korean has proven that its temporary men's doubles Yeon-seong-Sa-rang combined well to make the semi-finals of the Singapore Open during the absence of Lee Yong-dae and Kim Ki-jung. Can you spot Lee Chong Wei and Lee Yong-dae in these pictures?

    Can you spot Lee Chong Wei and Lee Yong-dae in these pictures?
    Furthermore, World No. 25 Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol, the third Korean pair, also hit a good patch with semi-final showings in the Singapore meet and the All-England. Any combinations of these guys could form equally powerful pairings.
  • Final list of Thomas-Uber Cup: Lin Dan, Lee Yong Dae In; Yu Yang, Cai Yun, Sony Dwi Kuncoro Out

    Jakarta: China has decided to field Lin Dan in its Thomas Cup team. Lin Dan will play fourth Men’s Singles player alongside Chen Long (2), Du Pengyu (6) and Tian Houwei (16). Can China defend its titles at this year's Thomas an Uber Cup competition?

    Can China defend its titles at this year's Thomas an Uber Cup competition?
    However, Cai Yun the reigning Olympic men’s doubles champions was excluded from the team. In addition, Yu Yang, one of the most accomplished women’s doubles players of all time, has been excluded from China’s Uber cup team as well.

    Korea’s Lee Yong Dae and Kim Ki Jung will mark their return to badminton by playing in the Thomas Cup in New Delhi. BWF lifted their ban against these two players last month. The two are part of a strong Korean doubles line-up, which appears relatively weaker in singles. Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong, Kim Ki Jung/Kim Sa Rang and Ko Sung Hyun/Shin Baek Choel are the flag-bearers for Korea in doubles.

  • Oppa Badminton Style! Lee Yong-dae and Kim Ki-jung's suspensions lifted

    The Badminton World Federation (BWF) announced on Tuesday that after reviewing "new evidence" given by the Badminton Korea Association (BKA), it has reinstated South Korea's Olympic badminton gold medalist Lee Yong-dae and another Korean player Kim Ki-jung. Both players were banned from playing in any tournaments for one year after missing their dope tests. After the decision, they are free to compete at this year's Asian Games.Oppa! Oppa!! Oppa!!!!! Welcome back, we miss you!!

    Oppa! Oppa!! Oppa!!!!! Welcome back, we miss you!!

    Back in January, the BWF suspended them for a year, for violating doping procedures, saying administrative lapses led to three missed drug tests.

  • Dong-keun stepping up to the challenge (pic)

    BIRMINGHAM: South Korea were struck a hard blow when the Badminton World Federation (BWF) slapped Lee Yong-dae and Kim Ki-jung with a one-year suspension for failing to file their whereabouts which led to missed dope tests.

    With the Asian Games to be held in Incheon, South Korea, in September, it was definitely a big blow.

    Especially with Yong-dae being a favourite to deliver a gold medal.Lee Dong-keun in a file photo. He beat Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam in the first round of the All-England, 17-21, 21-16, 21-16.

  • Wee Kiong finds no joy in Korean players’ suspension (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: The one-year suspension imposed on two of South Korea’s top men’s doubles shuttlers – Lee Yong-dae and Kim Ki-jung – should be good news to all their rivals.

    But not to Malaysian doubles shuttler Tan Wee Kiong.Tan Wee Kiong is not one to rejoice in someone else's suffering as he feels sympathetic towards the suspended Korean duo Lee Yong-dae and Kim Ki-jung.

    Instead, he feels that Yong-dae and Ki-jung’s absence will be sorely missed on the international circuit and he hopes that an appeal by the Korean players will prompt the Badminton World Federation (BWF) to reverse the decision.

  • Olympic badminton champion Lee Yong-dae suspended for violating int'l anti-doping procedures (pic)

    Former Olympic badminton champion Lee Yong-dae has been suspended for one year for violating international anti-doping procedures, officials said Tuesday, putting his availability for this year's Asian Games at home in jeopardy.

    The Badminton World Federation announced on its website that Lee and another South Korean player, Kim Ki-jung, have been suspended for a year for "violating the requirements relating to filing whereabouts information and resulting missed tests under the BWF Anti-Doping Regulations."Lee Yong-Dae (right) and Jae Sung Chung of Korea stand with their Bronze medals following the Men’s Doubles Badminton Gold Medal match at the London 2012 Olympics.

       The suspension took effect on Jan. 23, 2014, the Kuala Lumpur-based BWF noted.

    "As part of BWF's registered testing pool of international level badminton athletes, Kim and Lee were required to provide whereabouts information for the BWF to conduct out-of-competition testing," the international governing body said. "In 2013, both athletes accumulated three whereabouts failures in connection with this administrative process."

  • Yong-dae the accidental badminton hero (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: As a young boy, Lee Yong-dae of South Korea picked up badminton in a bid to lose weight.

    Not only did he go on to shed some kilos, but the 25-year-old also grew to become one of the heavyweights in the doubles event.

    In fact, he is one of the most admired players in the Maybank Malaysian Open at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.The Korean mixed doubles pair Lee Yong-dae (right) and Shin Seung-chan in action in the first round of the Maybank Malaysian Open on Jan 15, 2014. Yond-dae's primary objective this year is to do well in the Asian Games.

    And the Olympic Games gold medallist says he owes it all to his mother.

    “I was quite chubby when I was eight years old and my mother signed me up with a badminton club so that I could lose weight,” he said with a smile.

    “Within a year, I lost some pounds... I can’t remember how many kilos but I decided to stop as my mission was accomplished.

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