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World Badminton News Today 14/2/2012

by Andrew

World Badminton News today


Japan head coach Park Joo Bong has criticised the Badminton World Federation (BWF) for allowing holders China to play in the ongoing Thomas Cup and Uber Cup qualifying rounds in Macau.

Joo Bong also questioned the logic behind BWF's decision to offer Olympic qualification points for the qualifying rounds, which was the sole reason why China decided to play in both team competitions although they have qualified as hosts of the final rounds in May.

Players will earn 10 per cent of their total world ranking points by just competing in the qualifying rounds even if they lose all their matches and China's Chen Jin, desperate to make the cut for the London Olympics, could be the biggest beneficiary.

"I don't understand why BWF is offering so many points for the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup qualifying rounds. It doesn't make sense for the China to play in the qualifying rounds after they have secured automatic berths for the two events as hosts," said Joo Bong.

"The points offered are too high for a qualifying round and win or lose, a player or a doubles pair will earn 10 per cent of their total world ranking points.

"China can still do well if they have two players or two pairs in an event in the Olympics, so I don't understand why they are fighting so hard to secure maximum spots for London.”

Park Joo Bong also stated if this manipulation from China still continues, this would definitely spoils badminton’s future.

In the ongoing Uber Cup qualifying round as expected, Malaysia lost to China in their opening Group A match in the Uber Cup qualifying tournament in Macau but what was not expected was winning a point from the mighty Chinese.

And debutant Lim Yin Loo had every reason to wear a big smile on her face. She and partner Goh Liu Ying downed China’s Zhong Qianxin-Yixin Bao 21-16, 21-15 in a 47-minute battle in the second doubles.

It was Yin Loo’s first Uber Cup appearance and only her third outing with Liu Ying in an international tournament. Malaysia’s first two singles Tee Jing Yi and Lydia Cheah and Eei Hui-Pei Tty were outclassed in the first three matches while Sannatasah Saniru went down 11-21, 13-21 to Wang Lin in the last match.

Malaysia’s women team will be facing India today(Tuesday).

India’s ace shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Jwala Gutta will have an uphill task of inspiring the Indian women team when they open their campaign in the Uber Cup (Asia Zone) badminton tournament at Macau on Tuesday.

India, who had reached the knockout stage in 2010, have been handed a tough draw as they are clubbed with the mighty Chinese and Malaysia in group W.

India will play Malaysia on Tuesday and even if Saina and the doubles pair of Jwala and Ashwini Ponnappa win their respective matches, India would still need to pull off at least one more match out of the two singles and one doubles.

National champion PV Sindhu is likely to play the second singles, while Sayali Gokhale is expected to feature in the third.

In the doubles, it would be a choice between senior national champion pair of Pradnya Gadre and Prajakta Sawant and the runner-up duo of Aparna Balan and N Sikki Reddy.

Jwala admitted that it would be "doubly difficult" for India to make the knockouts.

"We had created history in the last edition when we reached the knockout stage but this time it would be tough. China, Malaysia in the group and I won't lie, it would be doubly difficult but I believe in being positive and I'm looking forward to the event," Jwala said.

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