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Archive for February 22nd, 2009

Home hopes out of luck in Yonex All England draw

Posted by SEJAHTERA BADMINTON on February 22, 2009

THE luck of the draw deserted England’s two big hopes for the Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham from February March 3-8.

Just two days after helping Team England win the silver medal at the European Team Championship at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England’s European champions and fourth seeds Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg, the 2007 runners-up, were drawn against their team-mates, 2005 champion Nathan Robertson and new partner Jenny Wallwork, in the first round of the mixed doubles.

And the winners could face another England pair in teenage stars Chris Adcock and Gabby White in the second round.

On top of that Anglo-Scottish pair Robert Blair and Imogen Bankier, who are the seventh seeds, must take on England’s world No 16 pair David Lindley and Suzanne Rayappan in the first round.

But it wasn’t only England who were out of luck. Three-times champion Lin Dan is on course to meet his team-mate Bao Chunlai in the second round of the men’s singles if the world and Olympic champion overcomes a qualifier and Bao beats Dutchman Eric Pang in the opening round of the men’s singles. China’s third seed Chen Jin, who beat Lin Dan in last year’s final, starts his title defence against Japan’s Kenichi Tago.

Andrew Smith, the hero of England’s valiant bid to beat Denmark on Sunday with his win over world No. 6 Joachim Persson, is the only home player in the main draw of the men’s singles and he faces India’s Chetan Anand in the first round.

Two-time English National champion Rajiv Ouseph and runner-up Carl Baxter both have to qualify. Ouseph faces Ireland’s Scott Evans while Baxter meets India’s Anand Pawar, who beat him in the Bank of Scotland quarter-finals in Novermber before Ouseph defeated the Indian player in the final.

In the women’s singles Jersey’s Elizabeth Cann is the only English player in the main draw and she faces a tough opener against seventh seed Wang Lin of China. Scotland’s Commonwealth bronze medallist Susan Hughes will face a qualifier. English National champion Jill Pittard meets Finland’s third qualifying seed Anu Nieminen in the first round of qualifying.

In the men’s doubles Clark and Robertson are seeded eighth and face a tricky opener against Korea’s Han Sang Hoon and Hwang Ji Man. England have three other pairs in the main draw with Chris Adcock and Robert Blair in the same quarter as Clark and Robertson. Adock and Blair face Simon Mollyhus and Anders Kristiansen of Denmark in their opening match.

Lindley and Chris Langridge will fancy their chances against Dutch pair Jorrit De Ruiter and Jurgen Wouters but Andrew Eidestedt and Andrew Ellis face a tough time against Malaysian third seeds Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong, the 2007 champions.

In the women’s doubles Wallwork and Gabby White face Malaysians Goh Liu Ying and Ng Hui Lin while England also have a second pair through to the main draw in Heather Olver and Samantha Ward, who take on Japan’s Fujii Mizuki and Reika Kakiiwa.

The entry for the 99th Yonex All England Open championship is one of the strongest on record and tournament director Darren Parks is urging fans to book early. “We have a terrific entry,” he said. “It is like a Who’s Who of current world stars.”

Tickets are available from or call 0844 444 9994. Don’t forget tickets are available for the qualifying rounds on Tuesday March 3 as well as the main draw.

Yonex All England Seeds

Men’s singles: Women’s singles:
1 Lee Chong Wei (Mas) 1 Tine Rasmussen (Den)
2 Lin Dan (Chn) 2 Zhou Mi (Hkg)
3 Chen Jin (Chn) 3 Lu Lan (Chn)
4 Peter Gade (Den) 4 Pi Hongyan (Fra)
5 Sony Dwi Kuncoro (Ina) 5 Xie Xingfang (Chn)
6 Joachim Persson (Den) 6 Zhu Lin (Chn)
7 Taufik Hidayat ((Ina) 7 Wang Lin (Chn)
8 Przemyslaw Wacha (Pol) 8 Xu Huaiwen (Ger)

Men’s doubles:
1 Markis Kido & Hendra Setiawan (Ina)
2 Lars Paaske & Jonas Rasmussen (Den)
3 Koo Kien Keat & Tan Boon Heong (Mas)
4 Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif & Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari (Mas)
5 Mathias Boe & Carsten Mogensen (Den)
6 Lee Yong Dae & Shin Baek Choel
7 Cai Yun & Fu Haifeng (Chn)
8 Anthony Clark & Nathan Robertson (Eng)

Women’s doubles:
1 Cheng Wen Hsing & Chien Yu Chin (Tpe)
2 Chin Eei Hui & Wong Pei Tty (Mas)
3 Lee Hyo Jung & Lee Kyung Won (Kor)
4 Du Jing & Yu Yang (Chn)
5 Ha Jung Eun & Kim Min Jung (Kor)
6 Lena Frier Kristiansen & Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Den)
7 Zhang Yawen & Zhao Tingting (Chn)
8 Shendy Puspa Irawati & Greysia Polii (Ina)

Mixed doubles:
1 Nova Widianto & Liliyana Natsir (Ina)
2 Lee Yong Dae & Lee Hyo Jung (Kor)
3 He Hanbin & Yu Yang (Chn)
4 Anthony Clark & Donna Kellogg (Eng)
5 Thomas Laybourn & Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Den)
6 Joachim Fischer Nielsen & Christinna Pedersen (Den)
7 Robert Blair (Eng) & Imogen Bankier (Sco)
8 Sudket Prapakamol & Saralee Thoungthongkam (Tha)

Tuesday, March 3: Qualifying rounds 11am-10pm approx (5 courts)
Wednesday, March 4: First rounds from 10am-10pm approx (5 courts)
Thursday, March 5: Second rounds from10am-10pm approx (3 courts, interval 4pm-5pm)
Friday, March 6: Quarter-finals from 5pm-10.30pm approx (3 courts)
Saturday, March 7: Semi-finals from 12.30pm-5pm approx (2 courts)
Sunday, March 8: Finals from 12.30pm-5pm approx (1 court)

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Ian Moss is Badminton England’s new Performance Director

Posted by SEJAHTERA BADMINTON on February 22, 2009

BADMINTON England today announced the appointment of Ian Moss as their Performance Director as Team GB step up their plans to deliver medal success in London 2012.

He joins badminton from Rowing Canada Aviron, where in the past four years he has transformed them into a nation who brought home medals in four of the five disciplines in Beijing last summer, and he is seen as the man with the pedigree to take Team GB to the Podium.

BADMINTON England Chief Executive Adrian Christy acted quickly after disappointing results in Beijing and said: “What was obvious to everyone after the Games was that GB had to step up another level if we are to consistently compete for and achieve medal success and we immediately set about the search for someone who could lead the Performance programme.

“Ian met every aspect of the criteria we had set ourselves; extensive World and Olympic experience, clear vision, a great understanding of the environment we are in and tremendous leadership, organisation and decision-making skills. Vitally, he has proved he can come into a system, grasp what needs to be done, and progress to win medals. He is an outstanding appointment for us.”

Prior to joining Rowing Canada Aviron, Moss was Executive Director with Badminton Canada for eight years and he is relishing the opportunity to rekindle his passion for the sport with BADMINTON England.

Moss, 49, who was born and raised in England before moving to Canada, said: “This is certainly a very exciting opportunity for me personally and one that I look forward to with great anticipation. The right building blocks are certainly in place for success and I believe I can bring the right style of leadership to the programme in order to achieve medal success in 2012 and beyond.”

He will officially take up his post in April but will begin to make his mark immediately with the programme players and coaches.

The next generation of players who hope to be part of the GB programme can be seen this weekend at their respective National Championships.

And Moss will see them first hand when he attends the European Team Championship at the Echo Arena, Liverpool from February 10-15 because England, Scotland and Wales are drawn in the same group. He will also be able to see many of those players in action again when he visits the Yonex All England Championships at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham from March 3-8.

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Cai Zhenhua elected president of Chinese Badminton Association

Posted by SEJAHTERA BADMINTON on February 22, 2009

Cai Zhenhua, the deputy director of China’s State General Administration of Sport, was elected president of Chinese Badminton Association in Beijing on Wednesday.

Cai spoke highly of his predecessor Li Furong on his great achievements in last 12 years in the helm.

“Thanks to Li’s efforts, the Chinese badminton has what it looks today,” said Cai. “I hope we can make more miracles in the future.”

Li, who will become a honorary vice president, noted that he witnessed the wax and wane of the Chinese badminton.

“In 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, we failed to win any gold medal (in badminton). In 1994 Asian Games, we had only bronze medals in pocket,” said Li.

“However, after that, we decided to make a drastic change. New blood like Li Yongbo was promoted to coach the national team and they helped the Chinese badminton reach a new high,” Li added.

In 2000 Sydney Games, China secured four gold medals in badminton, and in 2008 Beijing Olympics, China snatched three gold, two silver and three bronze medals with a top three place in each of the five disciplines.

There are 19 vice presidents of the association, including Liu Fengyan and Li Yongbo.


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Posted by SEJAHTERA BADMINTON on February 22, 2009

BEIJING – Raksasa bulutangkis China bangun dari tidur panjangnya. Mereka pun siap mengamankan gelar sebanyak mungkin ketika memutuskan terjun di All England, 3-8 Maret 2009.

Dalam drawing, Negeri Tiongkok turun dengan kekuatan penuh di event prestisius tersebut. Tidak dipungkiri kualitas pemain China akan menjadi ancaman serius peserta lainnya, termasuk Indonesia.

Persiapan matang pun kemungkinan menjadi garansi pemain terdaftar seperti Lin Dan, Bao Chunlai, Chen Jin, dan juniornya Lu Yi akan mendominasi tunggal putra. Demikian pula dengan Lu Lan, Xie Xingfang, Zhu Lin, Wang Lin, dan dua junionya Jiang Yanjiao serta Wang Yihan di tunggal putri.

Pelatih Kepala Bulutangkis China Li Yongbo mengatakan, peluang China meraih gelar di lima nomor All England lebih terbuka tahun ini. Apalagi, Otoritas Bulutangkis China (CBA) telah mempersiapkan Lin Dan dkk dengan matang setelah memutuskan absen di beberapa turnamen super series dan grand prix sebelumnya.

Wakil China memang tak terlihat di turnamen super series dan grand prix setelah meraih hasil maksimal di Olimpiade 2008, Beijing, China, dengan tiga medali emas, dua perak, dan tiga perunggu. Mereka memutuskan tak mengikuti event sebelumnya untuk mempersiapkan diri secara serius membidik turnamen bergengsi seperti All England. ”Momen sudah tepat, persiapan anak-anak pun telah matang. Kami siap mendominasi event ini,” ujar Li seperti dikutip Xinhua, Sabtu (21/2/2009).

China terlihat serius membina bulutangkisnya kali ini, bahkan terpilihnya Cai Zhenhua sebagai Presiden CBA membawa perubahan. Salah satunya kembali dibentuknya Liga Bulutangkis di China. Li berharap persiapan matang pihaknya membuat China akan kembali berjaya, terutama di All England 2009. Mereka setidaknya ingin melampaui dua gelar All England tahun lalu melalui Chen Jin di tunggal putra dan Zheng Bo/Gao Ling di ganda campuran.

Selain China, Malaysia pun sesumbar, Federasi Bulutangkis Malaysia mengharapkan unggulannya Lee Chong Wei berkibar di tunggal putra. Mereka pun mengandalkan pasangan Tan Boon Heong/Koo Kien Keat di ganda putra.

Lalu, bagaimana dengan Indonesia, apakah Indonesia akan kembali pulang ke Tanah Air tanpa gelar di tangan. Apalagi, salah satu unggulannya di ganda putra Markis Kido/Hendra Setiawan dipastikan tidak tampil.(Edi Yulianto/Sindo/fmh)


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KONI Tawarkan 24, PBSI Minta 26

Posted by SEJAHTERA BADMINTON on February 22, 2009

JAKARTA – PB PBSI harus bersabar menunggu keputusan KONI menyangkut kuota pelatnas terpadu. Itu terjadi seiring adanya perbedaan jumlah kuota yang ditawarkan payung organisasi olahraga Indonesia dan perhitungan PB PBSI.

KONI memberikan tempat 24 pemain untuk mengisi pelatnas terpadu selama 2009. Sementara itu, kubu induk organisasi olahraga yang dipimpin Djoko Santoso tersebut berharap kuota mencapai 26 orang.

”Kami tidak melihat kebutuhan pengurus besar, tapi peluang dan prestasi yang bisa diberikan pada multieven yang diikuti nanti,” ucap Mulyana, kabid binpres KONI.

Apalagi, dia melihat PB PBSI baru menyertakan 23 di antara 26 nama yang diinginkan. Itu pun terdiri atas pemain kedua di pelatnas Cipayung, Jakarta Timur.

Misalnya, tunggal pria yang tidak mencantumkan Sony Dwi Kuncoro, Maria Kristin di tunggal wanita, Markis Kido/Hendra Setiawan di ganda pria, dan Nova Widianto/Lilyana Natsir di ganda campuran.

Di nomor ganda pria, PB PBSI juga baru mendaftarkan tiga nama di antara empat pemain yang didaftarkan. Mereka adalah Simon Santoso, Tommy Sugiarto, dan Andi Nugroho Saputro.

Begitu pula di ganda campuran. Dua tempat kosong karena Muhammad Rijal dan Frans Kurniawan belum mendapatkan pasangan. Kursi lain diisi pemain pelatnas Cipayung yang dipanggil setelah masa kepengurusan Djoko. Empat pemain di nomor tunggal wanita, tiga pasang ganda pria, tiga di ganda wanita, dan satu pasangan yang sudah lengkap di ganda campuran, Devin Lahardi/Lita Nurlita.

Menurut Mulyana, para pemain papan atas yang memperkuat Olimpiade didaftarkan pada Program Atlet Andalan (PAL).

Terpisah, Kabid Binpres PB PBSI Lius Pongoh mempertimbangkan pembinaan dan prestasi dengan mendaftarkan banyak pebulutangkis muda. Dia membandingkan perkembangan regenerasi Indonesia dengan Malaysia.

Pada SEA Games XXIV/2007 Nakhon Ratchasima lalu, Malaysia sudah berani menurunkan para pebulutangkis mudanya. Tak heran, saat ini beberapa pebulutangkis yang dimiliki Malaysia mulai matang.

Meski didominasi pebulutangkis muda, Lius tidak akan menurunkan sembarangan. Maka, dipilihkan skuad pelatnas utama.

”Kami tidak ingin mengambil risiko. Kami juga harus tahu diri karena tumpuan medali masih dibebankan pada bulu tangkis,” tuturnya.

Nah, permintaan PBSI untuk mencantumkan 26 pemain dalam daftar pelatnas terpadu juga bukan tanpa alasan. ”Jika pas 24 orang, nanti akan sulit memilihnya. Sekarang kami membutuhkan 26 orang, termasuk untuk sparring. Jika sudah entry by name, baru dikerucutkan dengan melihat berdasar hasil pemantauan di pelatnas nanti,” ucapnya. (vem/diq)


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