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Preparation for 2012 Games Begin

We may still be a number of weeks shy from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing but many nations are starting to put their plans into place for the 2012 Olympics in London.

We may still be a number of weeks shy from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing but many nations are starting to put their plans into place for the 2012 Olympics in London.

This may seem as though it is taking forward planning a little too seriously but when it comes to the Olympics it is never too early to start preparing the youth of today for the events of tomorrow. Providing the proper preparation for the youngsters coming through the ranks is an important part of any nations sporting development and the past week has seen a number of nations enter into a competition which will provide a healthy practice regime for many youngsters who show a lot of potential.

140 youngsters from a number of countries are convening in the Philippines in the hope of earning a place in the Asean Olympic qualification program for the 2012 Games. Entrants from countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Myanmar and Brunei will all be battling against a number of opponents from the host nation the Philippines. The competition is tipped to feature some of the most exciting Under 18 badminton players in the region and this is an opportunity for many of the players to make their mark on the game and lay down the preparations for potential future success.

The hopes of the host nation reside on a few players but two of the standouts include Gelita Castelo and Patrick Magnaye, who are classed as the key players from Palarong Pambansa. These two are expected to do very well but they are not the host nation's only hopes. Other players that the Philippines will be looking to be a success include Joeffer Escueta, Kenneth Monterubio in the boys division. The other hopes in the boys division include John Ner, Jerold Valle, Greg Paz and Lance Bautista.

That is a fairly strong male line-up and it is rivalled by the girl's line-up. Some of the local hopefuls include Abigail Garcia, Danica Bolos, Camille Yang, Jessalam Sampura and Rochelle Andres. If these girls don't make it through to the later stages, there is the chance that the Philippines will be represented by Nicole Magno and Jamie Valle which indicates the strong level of depth that the Philippines have in this age group.

Whilst there are a number of hopes for the host nation, there are a lot of expectations being placed on Malaysia who are arriving before the majority of invited nations and will be expected to put up a strong showing. The youngsters of Malaysia have a lot of expectation on their shoulders but none more so than Indonesia, the reigning champions.

The majority of badminton watchers will be getting ready for the major event taking place in Beijing this summer but those who like to see the development of the game may be watching this tournament. With the tournament aimed at under 18 year olds, the key players will be under 22 years old by the time the London Games roll around in 2012 and may well be strongly tipped to do well in the United Kingdom. It can be difficult to predict the future of sporting stars but there are likely to be a number of future stars in show in the Philippines.












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