• Zhao Yunlei and Zhang Nan break Up (gif)

    Kuala Lumpur: Just one day after Zhang Nan and Fu Haifeng of China defeated Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia to win the Olympic men's double title, Zhang Nan's girl friend of six years - Zhao Yunlei, posted a message on her personal social media page admitted the couple has ended their relationship prior to the Rio Olympics.Zhao Yunlei and Zhang Nan split.

    Zhao Yunlei and Zhang Nan split.

  • Chen Long wins Olympic gold, Lee Chong Wei deserves great respect!

    Rio de Janeiro: World No. 1 men's singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei once again had to settle for Olympic silver after he lost to World No. 2 Chen Long in the Rio Olympic final on Saturday.

    Lee seemed a little bit tense in the beginning of first set, allowing Chen Long to open up a 4-0 lead before Lee found his rhythm to reverse the lead at 5-4.Lee Chong Wei, Chen Long, Viktor Axelson (from left). (photo: AFP)

    Lee Chong Wei, Chen Long, Viktor Axelson (from left). (photo: AFP)

  • Rio 2016: Lee Chong Wei beats Lin Dan in three-set epic

    Rio de Janeiro: At last, the most anticipated epic battle between World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China on Friday has proven to be yet another all-time classic in the history of Olympic men's singles semi-final.Wish Lee Chong Wei good luck in the Olympic men's singles final. (photo: AFP)

    Wish Lee Chong Wei good luck in the Olympic men's singles final. (photo: AFP)

  • Rio 2016: P.V Sindhu cruises to set up final showdown with Carolina Marin

    Rio de Janeiro: India's No. 9 seed P.V Sindhu continued her Cinderella run at the Rio Olympics semi-finals, beating No. 6 seed Nozomi Okuhara 21-19, 21-10 on Thursday to guarantee of at least a silver medal for India.Wish P.V Sindhu best of luck in the women's singles final at Rio Olympics. (photo: AFP)

    Wish P.V Sindhu best of luck in the women's singles final at Rio Olympics. (photo: AFP)

  • Rio 2016: Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi win Japan’s first-ever badminton gold

    Rio de Janeiro: Japan’s Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi produced one of the finest three-set comebacks in Olympic memory to win the first badminton Olympic gold medal for Japan on Thursday.Congratulations to Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi for winning the 2016 Rio Olympic women's doubles gold medal. (photo: AFP)

    Congratulations to Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi for winning the 2016 Rio Olympic women's doubles gold medal. (photo: AFP)

  • Rio 2016: Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir win mixed doubles gold

    Rio de Janeiro: Rio Olympic Badminton saw the completion of one of its five medal events on Wednesday. In the Mixed Doubles finals, Indonesia’s Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir have taken gold against Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia.2016 Rio Olympic Silver medalists (from left), Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh of Malaysia, gold medalists, Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia and bronze medalists Nan Zhang and Yunlei Zhao of China. (photo: AFP)

    2016 Rio Olympic Silver medalists (from left), Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh of Malaysia, gold medalists, Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia and bronze medalists Nan Zhang and Yunlei Zhao of China. (photo: AFP)

  • Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan to battle for spot in Olympic final

    Rio de Janeiro: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and 2-time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China will meet for a 37th time, this time with a spot in the 2016 Olympic final on the line.Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan brace for another epic showdown in the 2016 Olympic semi-finals. (photo: AFP)

    Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan brace for another epic showdown in the 2016 Olympic semi-finals. (photo: AFP)

  • Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong set up final clash with Fu Haifeng/Zhang Nan at Rio Olympics

    Rio de Janeiro: The fast and furious Malaysians Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong pulled off a huge upset after defeating Chinese duo of Chai Biao and Hong Wei to reach the men's doubles final at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday.Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia shake hands with Chai Biao and Hong Wei (CHN) of China after winning their semi-final match. (photo: Reuters)

    Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia shake hands with Chai Biao and Hong Wei (CHN) of China after winning their semi-final match. (photo: Reuters)

  • Rio 2016: Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying in mixed doubles final

    Rio de Janeiro: After beating Robert Mateusiak-Nadiezda Zieba of Poland in the quarterfinals with 21-17, 21-10, Malaysian mixed doubles pair of Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying has worked hard to ensure at least a silver medal for Malaysia when they reached the mixed doubles final on Monday.Best of luck to Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying in the Olympic final. (photo: AFP)

    Best of luck to Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying in the Olympic final. (photo: AFP)

  • Saina Nehwal crashes out of Olympics

    Rio de Janeiro: The London Olympics bronze medallist and world No. 5 Saina Nehwal's Rio Olympics journey has come to a shocking end on Sunday, with the Indian shuttler losing to Ukraine's Marija Ulitina in straight games.Saina Nehwal's right knee was heavily taped on Sunday. (photo: AP)

    Saina Nehwal's right knee was heavily taped on Sunday. (photo: AP)

  • Lee Chong Wei advances to quarterfinals at Rio 2016 Olympics

    From David Chelliah

    Rio de Janeiro: Untested Datuk Lee Chong Wei enroute to his final bid for the gold medal began at the Rio Olympic Games when he breezed through into the quarterfinals here Sunday.Lee Chong Wei will play his quarterfinal match next Wednesday. (photo: AFP)

    Lee Chong Wei will play his quarterfinal match next Wednesday. (photo: AFP)

  • Lin Dan digs deep to beat Vladimir Malkov in Rio

    Rio: Two time Olympic champion in the badminton men's singles event, Lin Dan, was given a thorough work out by his Russian opponent Vladimir Malkov at the Rio Olympics.Lin Dan shakes hand with Vladimir Malkov after beating the Russian 21-18, 21-7 at the opener. (photo: AFP)

    Lin Dan shakes hand with Vladimir Malkov after beating the Russian 21-18, 21-7 at the opener. (photo: AFP)

  • Rio Olympics: Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong in men's doubles quarter-finals

    From David Chelliah

    Rio: Malaysia's men's doubles pair Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong booked a berth in the quarterfinals with an easy 21-12, 21-10 win over American's pair Phillip Chew-Sattawat Pongnairat in the second Group B match at the Rio Olympics Games here, Friday.Tan Wee Kiong (L) and Goh V Shem will play Fu Haifeng-Zhang Nan in their last group match. (photo: AFP)

    Tan Wee Kiong (L) and Goh V Shem will play Fu Haifeng-Zhang Nan in their last group match. (photo: AFP)

  • Lee Chong Wei rolls on to win an easy opener in Rio

    From David Chelliah

    Rio: World number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei made short work of his opponent in his bid to win the country's first ever Olympic gold medal with an effortless win in a Group A match at Pavilion 4, Riocentro here today.Lee Chong Wei beats Suriname's Surin Opti 21-2, 21-3 in Rio on Thursday. (photo: AFP)

    Lee Chong Wei beats Suriname's Surin Opti 21-2, 21-3 in Rio on Thursday. (photo: AFP)

  • Lin Dan eyeing another Olympic gold medal

    Rio: Lin Dan and the Chinese badminton team have finally arrived at the Olympic village in Rio after spending last 10 days in Sao Paulo.

    However, Lin Dan is braced for a tough defence of his gold medal as he bids to create an unprecedented record in the history of badminton, which is to capture his third Olympic gold in Rio.Lin Dan arrives at Rio de Janeiro International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Monday.

    Lin Dan arrives at Rio de Janeiro International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Monday.

  • Around the China badminton training camp in Brazil

    Rio de Janeiro: With the Olympic badminton events kicking off just four days (August 11, Brazil time) from today, players from badminton powerhouse China are sharing some serious and light moments during their training sessions in Sao Paulo.Li Xuerui, Cheng Long in Sao Paulo.

    Li Xuerui, Cheng Long in Sao Paulo.

  • 3-D video technology helps badminton players perform better

    by Teresa Belcher, Sciencenetwork Wa

    Sydney: As Australia's Olympics team make final preparations for their events over the next two weeks the badminton team may hold a competitive edge thanks to the use of 3-D motion capture analysis which has helped improve their performance.

    The research led by Edith Cowan University had athletes perform a short serve—a skill shown to set up winning points—while utilising the technology.Mixed doubles Leanne Choo with 'markers' performing a short serve. Credit: ECU

    Mixed doubles Leanne Choo with 'markers' performing a short serve. Credit: ECU

  • World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei leads Malaysia into Rio Olympics at opening ceremony

    Rio: World No. 1 men's singles badminton player Lee Chong Wei led the Malaysian team into the 2016 Olympics with style, as he walked into Maracanã Stadium, waving the Malaysian flag over his head at the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics on August 5.Lee Chong Wei leads out Team Malaysia at the opening of Rio 2016.

    Lee Chong Wei leads out Team Malaysia at the opening of Rio 2016.

  • Japan badminton looking to move past controversy

    Rio: World No. 1 ranked pair Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo have abundant incentive to win the women's doubles title at the Rio Olympics.

    Not only would a badminton gold medal for the pair, dubbed "Taka-Matsu" by Japanese media, be the first at an Olympics for the country, it would also provide a silver lining to the dark cloud that has hung over the Japanese team following a gambling scandal that embroiled two leading male players.08 03 2016 badminton news Ayaka Takahashi Misaki Matsutomo

    08 03 2016 badminton news Ayaka Takahashi Misaki Matsutomo

  • Badminton tries to avoid another Olympic scandal at Rio

    Seoul: Badminton at the Rio Olympics will try to shake off multiple scandals and adapt to a rule change many consider an attempt to curb Chinese dominance.

    Seen as backyard fun by many Americans, the sport is serious business for millions in Asia and parts of Europe, where throngs of people pack stadiums to watch players who are household names.Badminton pairs expelled from London 2012 Olympics after match-fixing scandal

    Badminton pairs expelled from London 2012 Olympics after match-fixing scandal

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