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The intersection of memories… and a stolen bag

Copenhagen Airport evokes powerful memories. It’s an intersection, as all airports are, an intersection of incoming and outgoing flights and memories. Just last year, same time, I was at the Starbucks cafe, chatting with Jens, with the Indonesian team (several Olympic and world champions: Taufik, Kido, Setiawan, etc) sitting around playing cards, when someone stole my bag. All my clothes and all the gifts I’d received. The Indonesians were startled, and even Taufik, usually sage-like in his indifference, looked troubled. Continue reading

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Badminton fanatics

Gaurav Gupta, Dev SS and Hasnuddin at the Asian Championships. While Gaurav travelled from Dubai, Hasnuddin (Abedeng) came from KL… just to watch the championships! Both are active on Badminton Central Continue reading

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Diary: Invaded by an army?

The area around the stadium resembles a war zone. One is not convinced that the best way to handle a terror threat is to throw thousands of security personnel around the stadium. After all, the place is not going to be invaded by an army. Continue reading

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The PM’s son

“Chong Wei is like my son. He calls me before he plays and if he wins, he’ll call to let me know,” Rosmah Mansor, wife of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. “… my children have grown up. What do I do? I can’t be playing badminton all the time Continue reading

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Taufik takes a stroll

March 12: Around half-an-hour after he lost a gut-wrenching battle to old friend and rival Peter Gade, 20-22 22-20 22-20, Taufik Hidayat quietly made his way out of the NIA. A trainer accompanied him, but neither said a word. Continue reading

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Diary: Popularising the All England

March 10: The first two days of the All England have attracted fairly large crowds, a surprise since the qualifying and first round days are generally ignored at most tournaments. Apart from the general interest caused by the 100th anniversary, Badminton England has ensured that young spectators are kept engaged by some innovative methods. Continue reading

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Diary: Backstage, a spirit of brotherhood

On the circuit, there appears to be great friction between the top Chinese and the others, but perhaps that is just an assumption of the game’s fanatical followers. Continue reading

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