Monthly Archives: August 2009

No plans to retire: Li Yongbo

Few figures evoke as much awe and fear as Chinese head coach LI YONGBO. A former world champion doubles player, Yongbo directs a team that has no real competition. Usually considered standoffish, he was in good humour right through the World Badminton Championships last week at Hyderabad. By Dev S Sukumar catches up with him for a conversation, interpreted by Jan Lin. Continue reading

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Jwala, Chetan sign up with Li Ning

Aug 8: China-based badminton company Li Ning announced its entry into the Indian market with a smart move ahead of the World Championships, signing up top Indian players Chetan Anand and Jwala Gutta on Saturday. The contract, which extends for two years for an undisclosed amount, will mean that the high-profile couple will use Li Ning’s equipment and playing gear when not turning out for team events. Most significantly, it is for the first time that top Indian players have moved away from market leader Yonex, which sponsors the national badminton team. Continue reading

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An hour of glory

There were few witnesses to Steinar Klausen’s extraordinary hour on Tuesday, but even they did not even know his name. He will pass off in memory as a blond Norwegian (but of course) who fought toe-to-toe against one of the world’s best players at the World Championships; a no-hoper waging a fierce battle against a favourite. Continue reading

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England team spooked by ‘terror threat’, withdraw from Worlds

Dev S Sukumar. Hyderabad A media-created ‘terror attack’ claimed a big victim on Sunday, when the Badminton World Federation (BWF) announced that the England team had decided to withdraw from the World Badminton Championships that will begin today (Monday). The … Continue reading

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A Chinese ‘deserter’ remembers his master

Three weeks before the World Championships in Hyderabad, Li Mao sparked off more speculation by hosting his former Malaysian protege Lee Chong Wei in Korea for a two-week camp. The Chinese media followed the move, connecting it with Li Mao’s attempt to prevent a Chinese sweep of the Worlds. Continue reading

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