• 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."

  • Junior shuttlers may miss out Youth Olympics

    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia may end up with the smallest number of entries for the badminton competition in the Youth Olympic Games this year if they do not start sending their juniors out in the next three months.

    Only boys’ singles shuttler Cheam June Wei is in the running for a spot based on his standing in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) junior rankings.

  • Khim Wah-V Shem move up to world No. 14 (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: The country’s latest badminton darlings – the men’s doubles of Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem – have moved up three rungs to No. 14 in the world after their breakthrough performance in the Malaysian Open last week.

    And, if they can maintain their performances in the next three months, they could even become the country’s top pair before the Thomas Cup Finals in May.Lim Khim Wah (right) celebrates with Goh V Shem after beating Chinese pair Hong Wei-Chai Biao during the Malaysian Open last Sunday.

    On Thursday, they were the only men’s pair to have shown an improvement in the world rankings released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

    The other two pairs – Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong – remained at No. 7 and No. 8 respectively after losing in the opening round of the home tournament.

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