Monthly Archives: October 2009

‘Badminton? That’s for girls!’

Erland Kops. The name is like its bearer — evoking images of toughness, masculinity, a quiet menace. There is no romance in the name, just an air of finality. Photographs of him in the late Fifties and Sixties show a bearded, muscular man with no hint of levity on his face. Continue reading

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Back with a bang

He might not be a celebrity in his home Germany; nor is he likely to become one even after his remarkable performance here at the Denmark Open Super Series. But world No.30 Marc Zwiebler has no complaints. Playing badminton is the biggest prize he has earned, and he knows how precious it is. Continue reading

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Chetan Anand is Dutch Open champion

18 October 09, Almere (Holland): World no.18 Chetan Anand won the biggest tournament of his career with a straight games demolition of local hope Eric Pang in the final of the Dutch Open Grand Prix Gold here on Sunday. The top-ranked Indian beat the world no.24 and sixth seed 21-12 21-15 for his first-ever GP Gold title. Continue reading

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The stench of missed opportunities

Do not be fooled by the condolences coming in for LC Gupta, long-time Secretary of the Badminton Association of India (BAI), who passed away on Friday morning aged 79. It’s considered insensitive to denigrate the dead, and most in the badminton community are likely to remain diplomatic. The truth, however, is that a chapter has closed on one of the most inefficient administrators Indian sport has seen. Indian badminton will not be hurt by his absence. Continue reading

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