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Stay clear of bookies, shuttlers told (pic)

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By RAJES PAUL KUALA LUMPUR: Bad performances and match-fixing. The link exits in football but has it got to badminton as well?  In the recent World Championships, Malaysia saw some uncharacteristically poor performances from their shuttlers and only the veteran men’s doubles pair of Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah finished with a medal – a bronze.Datuk Mohd Nadzmi...

Mew Choo now ranked among top 10 in world badminton

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian women’s singles player Wong Mew Choo has nudged her way into the top 10 in the world badminton rankings. Mew Choo, who earned respect with a gutsy showing by reaching the quarter-finals in the World Championships held at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil last week, jumped two rungs to ninth spot in the...

Anup Sridhar’s Triumph Over Pain (pic)

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By Jaydip Sengupta, Staff Writer If you saw the tall and elegant Anup Sridhar waltzing around the courts in Kuala Lumpur, you wouldn’t believe the biggest success story of this year’s Badminton World Championships was actually playing...

Rexy furious with mercenary attitude (pic)

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IT’S a worrying trend when players play beyond themselves in tournaments carrying attractive prize money and yet go out with a whimper in events when the pride of the nation is at stake like the just ended World Championships.REXY MAINAKY, Malaysia's men's doubles coach  Doubles coach Rexy Mainaky is concerned about this unhealthy trend and intends...

Kien Keat-Boon Heong lack stomach for big events (pic)

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By : K.M. BoopathyTHE age-old adage ‘You can bring a horse to the water but you can’t force it to drink,’ aptly describes the national men’s doubles players who have proved yet again that their gutless showing in the World Championships had nothing to do with preparations but their lack of hunger to succeed in a major event. Choong...

All set to fly, Naresh’s dreams soar sky-high (pic)

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HYDERABAD: Two years ago, a group of children from the Nandi Pipes Badminton Academy gaped at the aircraft touching down and taking off from Hyderabad’s Begumpet Airport. Most of them hadn’t seen jets from such close quarters.READY FOR THE CHALLENGE: Attla Naresh Kumar’s good show at the Krishna Khaitan meet helped him make the Indian sub-junior team. That...

India Open offers Chong Wei chance to bounce back

PETALING JAYA: National number one Lee Chong Wei gets the chance to make a quick rebound from a disastrous showing in the World Championships at the US$150,000 India Open, which will be played in Hyderabad from Sept 4-9.  Chong Wei, who was blown away by Indonesian Sony Dwi Kuncoro in the third round at the Putra...

Vietnamese badminton star has great chance in American Open (pic)

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In the first two rounds the world number 45 plays opponents ranked far below him. If he beats Sri Lanka’s world number 237 Dinuka Karunaratne in the opening round, he will play the winner of the match between 240th ranked Agusriad Amphie (Indonesia) and 62nd ranked Roman Spitko (Germany).  He is expected to run into Canadian Richard Vaughan,...

Rexy cancels one-week holiday for shuttlers (pic)

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By RAJES PAUL KUALA LUMPUR: There was no one-week holiday for the men’s doubles players after the World Championships. They resumed training as early as 6.30am on Monday but Koo Kien Keat and his team-mates are taking it all in their strides.  “The coach (Rexy Mainaky) is very annoyed with our performances in the World Championships. We were...

Former badminton prodigy watches old friend from the sidelines

By Dev S. Sukumar, IANS Kuala Lumpur : It's always a strange moment when a former prodigy returns to court. Six years after Abhishek Bakshi gave up badminton - on the cusp of becoming P. Gopichand's successor and the game's most charismatic figure in India since Prakash Padukone - he returned to watch childhood friend Anup Sridhar reach the...

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