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KUALA LUMPUR: Trust Datuk Misbun Sidek to come out with innovative training methods.

The national men’s singles head coach has created a gadget, which he calls bazooka, to “feed” shuttles to the players during multi-drill training sessions.

He has tied up three shuttlecock tubes together (he calls them magazines) and filled each magazine with 70 shuttles.

He then slings the magazines over his shoulder and flings the shuttlecocks to the players at speed.

“It helps me. I don’t have to depend on others to assemble the shuttles and I also don’t have to bend down to pick up the shuttles,” said the 57-year-old.

Misbun has always embraced changes and is never afraid to try out something new.


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VCs participate in the Bertelsmann Badminton Championship at Siri Fort in New Delhi on Thursday. (Photo: Dalip Kumar)

It was a networking pitch of a different kind with at least $10 billion of venture capital funds, literally at play. The venue: Squash & Badminton Stadium at Delhi’s  A dozen-odd head honchos of marquee venture funds were on the court for the badminton tournament on Thursday. Some were playing each other, fiercely fighting for each point on the court — just as they do when pitching for new investments. Several teamed up with competitors to put up a joint front.

“It is a competitive, but fun and friendly event,” said G V Ravi Shankar, managing director, Sequoia Capital, who partnered with Bharat Singh, the firm’s CFO. “We get to meet in formal settings over meetings, dinners and conferences when everyone’s guards are up. Here, one just takes off the investor hat, and play,” he said, as teams from InfoEdge, Avendus Capital, Nexus Venture Partners, Kalaari Capital, IndigoEdge and Sistema Asia Fund, among others, sweated it out on the courts.



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KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) believe that the new scratch partnerships of Goh V Shem-Teo Ee Yi and Tan Wee Kiong-Ong Yew Sin for the French and Bitburger Opens next month may be a temporary decision.

Following the Coaching and Training (C&T) committee meeting on Monday, chairman Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria said the BAM have decided to split the 2016 Rio Olympic Games silver medallists V Shem-Wee Kiong, after the duo failed to find a solution to their partnership woes.

As a result, they will be tested with their new partners in Europe next month, a decision made after discussions with men’s doubles head coach Cheah Soon Kit.

“The decision to split V Shem-Wee Kiong is definitely a long term move, but we are only testing them with Ee Yi and Yew Sin. We cannot confirm if they will be paired for good after this.

“Head coach Soon Kit has a few other pairs to work with to find the best combination,” said Norza, who is also BAM president.



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The club, which has been running for more than 25 years, meets every Monday at Rawlins Academy, Quorn, at 7:45pm and is keen to welcome new players of all abilities.

QUORN Badminton Club is actively looking for new members.

The club, which has been running for more than 25 years, meets every Monday at Rawlins Academy, Quorn, at 7:45pm and is keen to welcome new players of all abilities.

Ability ranges from beginner through to league standard, with some players competing in the Leicestershire Badminton Association competitions, alongside the likes of Loughborough and Huncote.

Jason Tuckwood, one the club’s players, said: “We play generally for the benefits of the exercise and meeting people.



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KUALA LUMPUR: Former BA of Malaysia (BAM) technical director Morten Frost is all up for grassroots development of badminton in the country.

The Dane was responding to reports that former national singles coach Rashid Sidek said that BAM is now able to save a huge sum of money with Frost’s sudden resignation last week. Rashid, who left BAM when Frost arrived for the second time (after an earlier stint in the late 1990s) in 2015, believes the additional cash – which would have gone to pay Frost’s wages – can now be used to develop badminton among younger players.

“I have to agree with him (Rashid). I am all up for development,” said Frost when contacted on Thursday.

“In fact, I think it would be an honour if BAM can use that money to do more for the sport.

“However, the only snag here is that the money comes from the Sports Ministry. So, if BAM can convince the Ministry to continue paying the same amount in my absence, and the money goes to development, then by all means, do it,” he said.

It is learnt that the 59-year-old, who cited personal reasons for quitting, was raking in an estimated US$20,000 (approximately RM84,000) a month.



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It was a good day’s work from the athletes from both Denmark and Turkey on finals day at the Hellas Open taking a pair of golds each. Turkey came out on top in both the women’s singles and women’s doubles while team Denmark tasted success in both the men’s singles and men’s doubles where Niclas Nohr announced his return to the international stage.

The Dane has been off the competition court for the majority of the past year with injury but with a good summers work behind him and the advantage of a top partner in the shape of Kasper Antonsen by his side the Dane is back with a bang.

Antonsen and Nohr were tested during the tournament, twice been taken to three sets in both their quarter and semi finals against Swedes and the Bulgarian pair Rusev and Nikolov. In today’s final however the Danes flexed their muscles to beat Aarnio and Heino of Finland in two games.

“Back on track again” Nohr said via his Instagram page “I am looking forward now to all the upcoming challenges but for now back to Denmark to prepare for a team match on Tuesday.”

Kim Bruun added the men’s singles title to his growing list of Greek triumphs. Bruun is no stranger to playing and winning in Greece and after a slow start where he was taken the distance in his first three matches Bruun beat Henri Aarnio in two games to land his second Greek title of 2017.



Badminton Association of India (BAI) president Himanta Biswa Sarma announced on Monday, September 11, that there will be significant rise in the prize money of the Senior National Championships. Close to Rs 1 crore will be doled out to the players from this year’s Senior Nationals.

“We will be increasing the prize money close to 1 crore from this year and the players will be getting prize money from the pre-quarters stage,” Sarma announced on the sidelines of the Manorama BWF World Senior Championships in Kochi.

He also confirmed participation of top players, including the likes of PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth in the upcoming national championships in Nagpur from November 1 and 7.

The players have been consulted and assured of international standard playing conditions, which was a key concern from the players’ side.



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You know the summer is over when the annual Yonex Belgian International rolls around. The tournament, which is one of the jewels in the crown of the Badminton Europe circuit, signals the unofficial start of the circuit season where the majority of Europe’s elite come out to play, to test themselves and their summer preparations.

One of the main features of the Belgian International each year are the huge draws with a full qualification campaign set for Wednesday and a host of reserve players hoping their luck will kick in with a late call up to the tournament.

The home nation will look to men’s doubles third seeds Freek Golinski and Matijs Dierickx to live up to their seeding and push for a podium. Lianne Tan will also look to put a smile on the home fans faces with a run in her home event, a tournament that has been less than successful for the ever smiling Belgian over the past years.

Golinski and Dierickx have a tough draw with a likely second round match against Kasper Antonsen and Niclas Nohr the recent winners of the Hellas Open. The Danes are a quality pair and they themselves will have desires on the title come Saturday evening.



KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have split up the Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong partnership.

They will be paired up with younger partners.

BAM technical director Morten Frost confirmed yesterday that the partnership of the 2016 Rio Olym-pic Games silver medallists has been broken up.

The split was expected as Wee Kiong had travelled to Vietnam on Thursday to hold final discussions with national men’s doubles head coach Cheah Soon Kit about his new partner while V Shem had declared on Thursday that he had given up on their partnership.

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KOCHI: The Regional Sports Centre (RSC) here will add another dimension to its clutch of badminton courts on Saturday. Eight new courts constructed on top of the unused portions of the northern and southern galleries – called ‘Sky Courts’ – will be declared open at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium.
Named after Prakash Padukone and Saina Nehwal, there will be four courts each on either side.

 A Medical Equipment AED (Automated External Defibrillator) for preventing cardiac arrest for sportspersons will also be inaugurated.

The ‘Sky Courts’ have a total area of 12,000 square feet (about 30 cents) and are constructed at a total cost of Rs 2.5 crore. The cost covers the steel structure, wooden flooring, washrooms, water purifiers, walkways, bottom ceiling and LED lights and fans. Admission fees from new members was used mainly for the construction activities, RSC said in a statement on Thursday.



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