Will Singapore Be IBF Training Centre? Reported in yesterday's issue of TODAY: Quote "While in town, several IOC members, including Britain's Craig Reedie and New Zealand's Wilson Tay, with IBF president Kang Young Joong and vice-president (now Dep Pres) Punch Gunalan, caught the five-star Aviva Open Singapore 2005 badminton championship (June 27-July3) at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. According to Singapore Badminton Association chief executive officer Ang Hin Kee, they were impressed by the turnout. "They'd never seen such a crowd, especially on finals day when there were about 8,000 people in attendance. Even the six-star Korean Open attracted only 4,000. They were pleasantly shocked. It left a positive impression on them that Singapore is serious about badminton," said Ang, who revealed talks are ongoing for Singapore to become the fourth IBF global training centre, after Saarbrucken, Gungzhou and Houston. Unquote This is great news for Singapore and I hope the SBA will succeed in convincing the IBF to locate one of the TCs here. Naturally the profile of badminton will inch a notch higher with our sports fans. But I thought KL has already been chosen. Maybe because KL will soon become the IBF HQ, they may decide to spread the commitments and tasks more evenly to other centres.