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    Four Asian officials to meet IBF on bad-draw

    BIRMINGHAM July 28 - Managers of four Asian badminton squads will meet International Badminton Federation (IBF) Chief Executive Neil Cameron on Monday to discuss their concerns about the bad-draw which clearly benefitted the European players in the 13th World Championship here.

    Malaysian team manager Datuk Roland Wong said China, Indonesia and South Korea together with Malaysia had each written a letter to the IBF management about the matter as soon as the world badminton body released the draw two weeks ago.

    "However no action was taken and in yesterday's managers meeting, we were told that Cameron will meet with us later today," Wong told Malaysian reporters when met after the team managers meeting, here Monday.

    At Monday's meeting, he said Malaysia and the other three Asian countries did not bring-up the matter because it (the draw) was handled by IBF technical comittee.

    "But we are happy that the chief executive himself wants to hear our opinion about the draw. IBF may not conduct a re-draw as the tournament will start today. Technically, there's nothing wrong with the draw.

    "But in future, IBF should consider about the nationality separation during the draw," he said.

    The bad-draw has virtually found its victim when Malaysia's men's singles, the All-England champion Muhammad Hafiz Hashim clashes with his brother Mohd Roslin as early as in the second round, provided they beat their first opponents respectively.

    China also will see both of its men's singles battling each other in the third round when Xia Xuanze, seeded fifth, is expected to face Lin Dan.

    The world men's doubles giant, South Korea also will lose a pair of their three seeded doubles when the second seeded Lee Dong-Soo/Yoo Yong-Sung are expected to face their compatriot Kim Yong-Hyun/Yim Bang-Eun, seeded sixth in the third round.

    The Indonesian team may lose their men's singles if Budi Santoso faces the sixth seeded Sony Dwi Kuncoro in the third round.

    Three hundred and fifty players from 46 countries will play in their respective categories in the 10-day World Championship which starts Monday at the National Indoor Arena, here. - Bernama

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    The associations should send their players out to more tournaments to get more ranking points. Then maybe their players will get seeded and not meet in the early stages.

    and the more players from your association that enter a tournament, then the more likelihood that they may meet in the early stages!!

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