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Xuanze to make last-ditch attempt for Olympics at the ABC

Discussion in 'Continental Badminton Championships 2004' started by ants, Apr 9, 2004.

  1. ants

    ants Regular Member

    Jul 19, 2002
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    PETALING JAYA: The world men’s singles champion Xia Xuanze will spearhead China’s team to the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC) from April 20-25 at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium.

    Xuanze will be making a last ditch attempt to impress his coaches in order to be considered for the Athens Olympics.

    The ABC is the last tournament offering Olympic qualifying points.

    The International Badminton Federation (IBF) will finalise the qualifiers for the Olympics after the April 30 deadline.

    Although he is ranked sixth in the world, Xuanze is not assured of a place in the Olympic Games.

    There are three other Chinese ranked higher than Xuanze –world number one Lin Dan, Chen Hong (No 2) and Bao Chunlai (No 5). All three will be skipping the ABC meet.

    A country is allowed to have a maximum of three entries and Xuanze will be hoping he can be among the three Chinese to make the trip to Athens.

    Besides Xuanze, the other men’s singles players who will be making the trip to Malaysia are world number 10 Chen Yu, Chen Jin, Zhu Weilun and Hu Yun.

    As in the men’s singles, they have also decided to send a mix of seniors and juniors for all the other events.

    The men’s doubles will be led by world number six Sang Yang-Zheng Bo. The duo will be joined by Chen Qiqiu-Cheng Rui, Xie Zhongbo-Guo Zhendong, Sun Junjie-Xu Chen.

    Despite the absence of some top women’s singles players, China are still expected to emerge as the champions in the women’s singles and doubles events.

    Yesterday, Taiwan also confirmed their entries for the four-star tournament.


    Men’s singles: Xia Xuanze, Chen Yu, Chen Jin, Zhu Weilun, Hu Yun.

    Men’s doubles: Sang Yang-Zheng Bo, Chen Qiqiu-Cheng Rui, Xie Zhongbo-Guo Zhengdong, Sun Junjie-Xu Chen.

    Women’s singles: Jing Yanjiao, Chen Li, Chen Lanting, Zhu Lin, Li Wenyan.

    Women’s doubles: Wei Yili-Zhao Tingting, Du Jing-Yu Yang.

    Mixed doubles: Chen Qiqiu-Zhao Jiewen, Wang Wei, Zhang Jiewen, Xie Zhongbo-Yu Yang.

    Men’s singles: Chien Yu-hsiu, Hiseh Yu-hsing.

    Men’s doubles: Lin Wei Hsiang-Lee Sung-yuan, Tsai Chia hsin-Tseng Chung-lin, Huang Shih Chung-Chien Yu- hsun.

    Women’s singles: Cheng Shao-chieh.

    Women’s doubles: Chien Yu-chin-Cheng Wen-hsing.

    Mixed doubles: Tsai Chia-hsin-Cheng Wen Shing, Hsieh Yu-hsing-Chien Yu-chin.

    The Star
  2. HoNgHoNg

    HoNgHoNg Regular Member

    Mar 17, 2004
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    base in Spore, heart at wherever Lin Dan n Xuanze
    xuanze going ABC??? hehehe
    then i'll go KL oso :D

    but if each country can only chooses 3.... Lin Dan, Chen Hong n Bao CHunlai oredi on the top.... do other players still stand a chance to b chosen for olympics??? :confused:
  3. BoboTheBadder

    BoboTheBadder Regular Member

    Mar 14, 2004
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    I'm not sure if world ranking actually tells anything for a major event like the Olympics. Xia has a world championship under his belt and has a lot of experience. I think Bao is still too young and doesn't seem confident enough to compete in such a big event, but maybe that'll change after his recent victory over Lin Dan. I think the best choices for the team would be Xia, Chen, and Lin. Xia and Chen because they're "seniors" and this will be their last chance, not to mention they are the most experienced; and Lin because he's the current rising star and it would be pretty dumb not to send him. They are competing with other countries here, and so far Lin has consistently beaten anyone and everyone that's been in his way (he has a harder time with his teammates since they train together and know each other's moves, which is why I think Bao won).

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