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Dragons are alive

How significant that it was up to Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng to ensure China’s sweep in the very last match. They were up against the world No.1 pair, Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong, and – despite the lack of match practice – ensured the final gold in a three-game match. Continue reading

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Memories of March 1980

Three Sundays, three titles. Saina Nehwal turned June 2010 into a historic month for
Indian badminton with three titles in three successive weeks to rekindle memories of
February-March 1980. Prakash Padukone had then won the Swedish, Danish and All
England titles to become world No.1. The summit is within sight of Saina as well. Continue reading

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Memories of the All England

There couldn’t have been a more fitting finale to the 100th All England Open Badminton Championships on Sunday. Denmark’s Lars Paaske and Jonas Rasmussen saved four match points against compatriots Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen to win the men’s doubles title 26-24 in the third game, bringing to an end one of the most thrilling tournaments in recent times. Continue reading

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Indian badminton review 2009: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

While Saina deserved all the attention she got, it was sad that the brilliant mixed doubles pair of V Diju and Jwala Gutta did not attract the same media coverage. In fact, the Calicut-born Diju and Hyderabadi Jwala, who is the daughter of a Chinese mother and Telugu father, were exceptional in climbing from world No.38 in December 2008 to world No.7 in exactly one year 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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Time of possibilities

Saina Nehwal’s title victory at the Indonesian Open Super Series is the kind of event that can revolutionise the sport in India, in ways that may not be immediately apparent. It pitches an Indian woman in the top echelons of world badminton. Continue reading

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World badminton facing dearth of talented singles players

The badminton powerhouses, including Malaysia, are currently witnessing a dearth of talented men’s singles shuttlers. The sport badly needs saviours to breathe life and inject excitement back into the men’s singles event once again Continue reading

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