Chinese, A Mighty Champions in Badminton
by Abdul Rauf Liaqat
Thomas Cup Winner Chinese Team
In this world, everyone is competing and beating each other in their respective fields. Everyone tries to crush his opponent and want to see himself at the top of others. It’s irrespective of the field we take, if you talk about education, there is a hell of competition in it.
Every minute, every hour and every day world is progressing and developing and trying to go far ahead from their competitors. Same is the case in sports. Again it is irrespective of the game you play like cricket, football, tennis, squash, badminton and many more. Every game must contain champions in it, and who would be the champion is decided by hard work, commitment, physical endurance and practice & agility.
If we take a look on badminton, we surely came to know that many a players holding many positions. Some become in top ten, some in top five, some become the title holders and all the credit gone to those who worked dawn to dusk and shows their interest and prove themselves as a champion.
Chinese are known as world beaters in badminton. When Chinese compete, may be they mean the fight of life and death so this may be the reason they struggle hard and become at the top. Now at the present position Chinese holding 8 Sudiraman Cup victories, 4 straight Thomas Cup victories since 2004 and 6 Uber Cup victories since 1998 is proof enough that they have a stronghold on the sport.
They are also having a world unique record of holding 54 world championship titles with clean sweeps of winning all five titles in the last two years and several titles in many a tournaments and Olympics. This is one of the greatest achievement from Chinese.
Whenever a Chinese player plays, it surely has some spiritual encouragement and support against the opposition player. They have a reputation like none of the other country has. If we recall in the late 1990’s, the top four ranks were occupied by Chinese in women’s single. And in present situation 2011, 4 of the Chinese men are in single’s top 10 ranking of the world holding 2, 4, 6, 8 Lin Dan, Chen Long, Chen Jin, DU Pengyu respectively.
If we talk about women singles, Chinese are not behind from any other country holding the top 4 and 7th position in world women singles ranking as Wang Yihan, Wang Shixian, Wang Xin, Jiang Yanjiao & Liu Xin respectively. In world badminton ranking of men’s doubles, Cai Yun, Fu Haifeng of Chinese holding a first position. Whereas in women doubles, they are holding a 1st and 4th position. And in mixed doubles they are holding both the 1st
and 2nd positions.
So you see there’s none a field where Chinese are lacking behind, almost 4 to 5 Chinese are holding each of the field. So that's where difference counts and matters.
Have you ever think of what is so special about the Chinese system of training?
Chinese have always been very secretive about their training. We know that in China there are more than 3,000 government-run sports schools, 20 major programs and 200 smaller programs that have produced nearly all of China’s Olympic athletes. The National Training Center in Beijing is comprised of a number of large buildings, some modern, some drab.
So these are the facilities that are given to the people of Chinese to produce such a results. Chinese are proud of themselves because they challenge others that they can work hard and harder than anyone else. The children enrolled in the badminton sports schools are made to train about 10 hrs a day, surely harder than anyone else. From this type of training many of children gets injured, many give up, and other remaining minority becomes the champions.
This is proof enough that the Chinese coaches are not only Ace in setting training schedules and ensuring they are executed but also experts and genius enough to identify talent and groom it.
Peter Gade, former All England winner and World No. 3 admitted, “Lianying is indisputably the best coach I ever have had. It’s because of him that I can constantly develop my moves and my net games. Moreover, I am impressed that he has trained our elite players not only in one way. He is a master at finding each player’s strength and making them even better. Therefore, every Danish singles player has his or her own style.” Coming from a badminton legend like Gade, this says a lot.
Through it all, it is clear that China sets the pace when it comes to international badminton. The other nations are envious of the Chinese successes and years down the line are still unclear about what makes them so consistently special.
China’s Golden Generation:-
China's golden badminton generation of the 1980s which included the almost equally brilliant singles stars Zhao Jianhua and Xiong Guobao, Yang Yang played an important role in making China the major world badminton superpower. His play was instrumental in China's consecutive Thomas Cup (men's world team) titles in 1986, 1988, and 1990. Players of his generation set the foundation for the current Chinese world badminton players.
Yang Yang is one of the two badminton players in the world to have won two World Badminton Championships men's singles titles consecutively (1987, 1989), the other is Lin Dan.
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