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    I don't think Ronald has any intention to deprive a young player to improve and gain international exposure. As I recall he wants to help to develop the young players with his vast experience. His devotion to badminton is unquestioned as he has set up his own badminton academy to train the young.

    Singapore badminton has recently gone through a very difficult period with the overhaul in the coaching team and the departure of senior team players who are relatively too young to retire. That has depleted the national team which put up only token performance at the recent Thomas and Uber Cups tournament.

    Unfortunately, our pool of talented players who are willing to train as professionals is rather limited and Ronald's inclusion will be useful for the SEA Games next year. He is there to be a role model and motivation to the younger players, but if he is able to regain full fitness, he may well be counted upon to wear Singapore colours for future international tournaments.

    Meanwhile, I hope the SBA will continue to find solutions to our small numbers and attract those in our schools who are talented to train as professionals.

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    Default Lee Yi Shyan re-elected president of Singapore Badminton Association

    Published on Jun 10, 2014 1:49 PM


    By May Chen


    The Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) has re-elected Lee Yi Shyan as its chief for the fourth running term, after holding its annual general meeting last weekend.

    This is likely to be his last two-year term as president. Mr Lee, who is also Senior Minister of State (Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of National Development), has served at the helm since 2008.

    The association's constitution allows for a president to serve a maximum of eight years, or four straight terms.

    He said: "I take a long-term view of the sport's development. In the next two years, we will have to build on what we achieved, to build a stronger institution for the badminton sport."

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    Default Dual-contingent flag presentation ceremony

    Dual-contingent flag presentation ceremony mark start of Singapore’s 2014 Commonwealth Games and YOG journey


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    Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Manpower, delivers his speech during the Flag Presentation Ceremony. (Photo 2 © Lim Yong Teck/Red Sports)

    (from left) Pledge-taker Derek Wong (badminton), flag bearers Jonathan Chan (diving) and Lim Heem Wei (gymnastics), Chef De Mission Mark Chay, Minister Lawrence Wong, Minister Tan Chuan-Jin and Chef de Mission Low Teo Ping, sing the national anthem during the Flag Presentation Ceremony. (Photo 1 © Lim Yong Teck/Red Sports)


    National shuttler Derek Wong, leads all athletes in the recital of the pledge during the Flag Presentation Ceremony. (Photo 3 © Lim Yong Teck/Red Sports)




    The national shuttlers pose for a selfie after the Flag Presentation Ceremony. (Photo 5 © Lim Yong Teck/Red Sports)





    Athletes pose for a photo with Ministers Tan Chuan-Jin and Lawrence Wong, Chefs de Mission Low Teo Ping and Mark Chay, and SportSG officials after the Flag Presentation Ceremony. (Photo 6 © Lim Yong Teck/Red Sports)



    Singapore Sports Hub, Tuesday, July 1, 2014 — More than 80 Team Singapore athletes gathered at a flag presentation ceremony to kick-off their journey towards the 20th Commonwealth Games and the 2nd Youth Olympic Games.

    Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Manpower and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council, and Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, were present to officiate the event and present the Singapore flags as a symbol of honour to the respective Chefs de Mission and flag bearers.

    Chef de Mission, Mr Low Teo Ping, who is currently the President of the Singapore Rugby Union, leads the contingent for the 20th Commonwealth Games. The 2nd Youth Olympic Games contingent is led by Chef de Mission, Mr Mark Chay, a former national swimmer.

    Mr Tan Chuan-Jin said, “Teo Ping is a veteran sports administrator and has served as Chef de Mission at the Asian Games and SEA Games, while the YOG is Mark’s debut as a Chef de Mission. Mark’s experience as an athlete in multiple SEA Games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games, puts him in good stead to lead Team Singapore at the YOG.”

    The flag bearers for the 20th Commonwealth Games and 2nd Youth Olympic Games are gymnast Lim Heem Wei and diver Jonathan Chan respectively. Shuttler Derek Wong led the athletes in the recital of the pledge to end off the ceremony.

    Team Singapore is fielding 70 athletes for the 20th Commonwealth Games, which will be held in Glasgow in July, while 17 athletes will take part in the 2nd Youth Olympic Games, which will be held in Nanjing in August. Among these athletes, shooter Martina Veloso, shuttler Liang Xiaoyu, and swimmers Nur Marina Chan and Samantha Yeo, will be competing in both Games.

    “It is an honour to be able to represent Singapore in not one, but two extremely prestigious competitions. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime chance that not many people get to experience and for this, I am extremely grateful,” said Samantha Yeo.

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    Default A chance at redemption



    Shinta Mulia Sari and Yao Lei have a bye into the round of 16 at the Commonwealth Games. Photo: Getty Images


    Draw gives S’pore’s women’s badminton doubles pair of Yao and Shinta opportunity to bury 2010 anguish


    By Low Lin Fhoong -

    Published: 4:03 AM, July 23, 2014


    SINGAPORE — Following their nightmare performance at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, Singapore’s top badminton women’s doubles pair of Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari will get their golden opportunity to make amends.

    Monday’s draw for the badminton competition for this year’s Games, which starts in Glasgow tomorrow until Aug 3, saw the top-seeded Singaporeans in line for a re-match against India’s Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa in the semi-finals at the Emirates Arena — the third-seeded duo had whitewashed Yao and Shinta 2-0 in the final four years ago.

    The Singaporeans have been handed a bye into the round of 16 on July 30, where they will face either Kimberley Helen Clague and Cristen Elizabeth Marritt from the Isle of Man, or Jamaica’s Geordine Henry and Ruth Williams.

    “We want to put in our best efforts and contribute to the team,” said Shinta, who together with Yao will contest the mixed team event first before the women’s doubles start next week.

    “We are feeling good at the moment, the Games village is nice and we are settling in well. At this moment, our focus is on the mixed team event, before taking on the women’s doubles.”

    Added team manager Chew Keet Hou: “I hope that Yao Lei and Shinta can get their revenge this time and we are trying for the gold medal. I believe they have the ability to do it. Four years ago, the umpire’s call was the turning point for them … they are stronger and more experienced now.

    With Malaysian world No 1 Lee Chong Wei and women’s singles defending champion Saina Nehwal of India pulling out of the Games, Singapore’s 10-strong badminton squad are in prime position to better their haul of one silver and two bronze medals from New Delhi four years ago, and claim their first gold medal since Li Li captured the women’s singles crown in Manchester in 2002.

    The national men’s and women’s teams are also being rebuilt after poor performances at last year’s Singapore Open and South-east Asian Games, and the retirements of experienced shuttlers Ashton Chen and Terry Yeo in April.

    Women’s singles shuttler Gu Juan also quit, citing the inadequacy of the Singapore Badminton Association’s training structure.

    “We are looking at medals in the mixed doubles, men’s doubles and women’s doubles as we have a better chance there, and also in the mixed team event,” said Chew. “It has been a long time since we won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and we hope to break our duck this time.”

    Singapore’s shuttlers get their first taste of action tomorrow when the mixed team takes on Jamaica in the group stage, before facing South Africa and Norfolk Island on Friday and Saturday. Defending champions Malaysia are the event’s top seeds, followed by England, with Singapore and India in joint third/fourth spot.

    The remaining five events kick off next week, with world No 10 mixed doubles pair Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Vanessa Neo, the second seeds, to meet either Adrian Liu and Michelle Li of Canada, or Scotland’s Paul Van Rietvelde and Jillie Cooper after earning a bye into the next round.

    Third-seeded men’s doubles pair of Danny and Chayut Triyachart are on course for a possible quarter-final encounter with fifth-seeded Canadians Adrian Liu and Derrick Ng, while men’s singles players Derek Wong and Huang Chao, and sole women’s singles representative Liang Xiaoyu will fly Singapore’s flag in the individual events.


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    Default Commonwealth Games: Malaysia reach badminton team final after epic win over Singapore

    Published on Jul 27, 2014 10:09 PM



    Despite the best efforts of top local women's pair Yao Lei (L) and Shinta Mulia Sari, Singapore succumbed 3-2 to rivals Malaysia in an epic Commonwealth Games badminton team semi-final on Sunday. -- PHOTO: AFP

    GLASGOW (AFP) - Defending champions Malaysia reached the Commonwealth Games badminton team final on Sunday but only after an epic 3-2 victory in the best of five rubbers semi-final against Singapore.

    Chan Peng Soon and Lai Pei Jing scraped past Danny Chrisnanta and Vanessa Neo in a 17-21, 21-12, 21-14 decider win as the whole tie went down to the final game.

    “The first set we were a bit worried but in the second set we felt better and did not think much about it being a decider,” said Lai.

    “The crowd were very supportive.” “We just stuck to the strategy,” added Chan, after the pair came from behind to win the 67 minute final match that brought an exciteable crowd at the Emirates Arena to its feet at the conclusion.

    “We are now even more confident about winning in the final after this game even though we know it will not be easy.” The first of two semi-finals - the other being England v India later on Sunday - was always a closely fought affair.

    Wee Kiong Tan and Wei Shem Goh were able to get the better of the luckless Chrisnanta and parter Chayut Triyachart in the opening men’s doubles rubber 21-17, 18-21, 21-16.

    But Xiaoyu Liang levelled up with a two-game victory over Jing Yi Tee, 21-12, 22-20 to square the tie.


    Chong Wei Feng, arguably the most senior member of the side with a world ranking of 20, was comfortably the most impressive performer of the match as he beat Derek Wong 21-9, 21-18.

    Shinta Mulia Sari and Lei Yao ensured matters went into a decider with a battling 21-9, 21-18 success against Khe Wei Woon and Vivian Kah Mun.

    Chong did not underestimate the importance of his victory as he readies himself for a week where he expects to challenge in the men’s singles event that follows this week but insisted he had no preference over final opponents in the team competition.

    “We needed to win the men’s singles if we wanted to go into the finals with it 1-1 at the time,” he said.

    “He was more attacking in the second game.

    “The final will be tough no matter who we play - India or England. They are very well balanced.

    “I have to maintain my condition, it’s a long tournament but it is so far so good.”

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    Default Commonwealth Games: Singapore win bronze in badminton mixed team event

    Commonwealth Games: Singapore win bronze in badminton mixed team event

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    Published: 9:00 PM, July 28, 2014

    SINGAPORE **– Singapore secured the bronze medal in the mixed teams badminton at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow today (July 28) with a 3-2 victory over India.

    In the final rubber, the women’s doubles, Shinta Mulia Sari and Yao Lei beat Indian pair Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa 29-27 in the second game to win the match. The tight final rubber lasted 56 minutes, with the Singapore duo passing up several match points before they finally ground down the Indians, taking a seventh match point.

    After the disappointment of their five-rubber defeat to Malaysia in the semi-finals, Yao was pleased to have come away with a medal.

    She said: “We kept telling ourselves not to think too much and not worry if it was match point and just play every shot properly. The semi-final was disappointing. We had the chance to win but we’re happy we won a bronze medal and we’ve won a medal for Singapore.”

    Sari insisted the pair were not struggling with the tension in the lengthy second game and said: “I feel very happy because at the end of the game every point was so difficult and we were just thinking one point at a time in the last few points.”

    Danny Chrisnanta and Vanessa Neo got the Singapore team off to a strong start when they beat RV Gurusaidutt and Ponnappa 21-19, 21-29 in the mixed doubles.

    India’s Kashyap Parupalli beat Huang Chao 21-15, 22-20 in the men’s singles before Chrisnanta and Chayut Triyachart restored Singapore’s lead with a 21-12, 21-16 win over Akshay Dewalkar and Pranav Chopra in the men’s doubles.

    The tie was pulled level once again when PV Sindhu overcame Liang Xiaoyu with a 24-22, 21-13 scoreline to make it 2-2 overall.

    But the Singapore women’s doubles team held their nerve in the final rubber to win the bronze.

    Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth Sam Tan described the game as a “Clash of the Titans” - and not for the faint hearted. Mr Tan said both teams fought tooth and nail for every point and showcased brilliant badminton play.

    “I’m very proud that Team Singapore shuttlers pressed on against the strong Indian team and finally clinched the bronze medal for Singapore in the pulsating Women’s Double match played by Shinta and Yao Lei,” he said. “You can’t ask for more, from our gutsy players!”

    Gutta feels the Indian selectors’ decision not to take mixed doubles specialists to Glasgow was a key factor in them failing to win a medal.

    She said: “It’s a mixed team event and we were lacking in our doubles, especially our mixed doubles. We didn’t bring any mixed doubles players and that really affected our team.

    “Only the people who select the team can answer why so there was a lot of pressure on the two singles and on us because the whole team was depending on these three matches.

    “I definitely thought it was strange from the start. It’s a mixed team event. Teams have specialists and we don’t. We lack in doubles and we need to focus on our paired events.”

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    Commonwealth Games: Singapore win bronze in badminton mixed team event



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    Singapore beat India 3-2


    Published: 9:00 PM, July 28, 2014


    SINGAPORE – Singapore secured the bronze medal in the mixed teams badminton at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow today (July 28) with a 3-2 victory over India.

    In the final rubber, the women’s doubles, Shinta Mulia Sari and Yao Lei beat Indian pair Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa 29-27 in the second game to win the match. The tight final rubber lasted 56 minutes, with the Singapore duo passing up several match points before they finally ground down the Indians, taking a seventh match point.

    After the disappointment of their five-rubber defeat to Malaysia in the semi-finals, Yao was pleased to have come away with a medal.

    She said: “We kept telling ourselves not to think too much and not worry if it was match point and just play every shot properly. The semi-final was disappointing. We had the chance to win but we’re happy we won a bronze medal and we’ve won a medal for Singapore.”

    Sari insisted the pair were not struggling with the tension in the lengthy second game and said: “I feel very happy because at the end of the game every point was so difficult and we were just thinking one point at a time in the last few points.”

    Danny Chrisnanta and Vanessa Neo got the Singapore team off to a strong start when they beat RV Gurusaidutt and Ponnappa 21-19, 21-29 in the mixed doubles.

    India’s Kashyap Parupalli beat Huang Chao 21-15, 22-20 in the men’s singles before Chrisnanta and Chayut Triyachart restored Singapore’s lead with a 21-12, 21-16 win over Akshay Dewalkar and Pranav Chopra in the men’s doubles.

    The tie was pulled level once again when PV Sindhu overcame Liang Xiaoyu with a 24-22, 21-13 scoreline to make it 2-2 overall.

    But the Singapore women’s doubles team held their nerve in the final rubber to win the bronze.

    Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth Sam Tan described the game as a “Clash of the Titans” - and not for the faint hearted. Mr Tan said both teams fought tooth and nail for every point and showcased brilliant badminton play.

    “I’m very proud that Team Singapore shuttlers pressed on against the strong Indian team and finally clinched the bronze medal for Singapore in the pulsating Women’s Double match played by Shinta and Yao Lei,” he said. “You can’t ask for more, from our gutsy players!”

    Gutta feels the Indian selectors’ decision not to take mixed doubles specialists to Glasgow was a key factor in them failing to win a medal.

    She said: “It’s a mixed team event and we were lacking in our doubles, especially our mixed doubles. We didn’t bring any mixed doubles players and that really affected our team.

    “Only the people who select the team can answer why so there was a lot of pressure on the two singles and on us because the whole team was depending on these three matches.

    “I definitely thought it was strange from the start. It’s a mixed team event. Teams have specialists and we don’t. We lack in doubles and we need to focus on our paired events.”

    CHANNEL NEWSASIA

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    Default Bronze in the bag, but coach warns against complacency



    Shinta Mulia Sari and Yao Lei (top) celebrate winning the bronze in the mixed team event. Photo: GETTY IMAGES


    By Adelene Wong

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    Published: 4:03 AM, July 29, 2014
    Updated: 4:04 AM, July 29, 2014

    SINGAPORE — The scenes immediately after Singapore’s 3-2 win over India last night to clinch the mixed team bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games seemed as if they had struck gold, but national badminton coach Liu Qingdong will be reminding the shuttlers not to get carried away.

    At the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, the Republic’s shuttlers bagged their first medal of the Games after women’s doubles pair of Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari beat Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta 2-0 (21-17, 29-27) in the decisive fifth match to give Singapore the win.

    Malaysia, who beat Singapore 3-2 in the semi-finals, and England were contesting the final at press time last night.

    Liu, who joined the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) in January after a coaching reshuffle following the national side’s poor performance at last year’s SEA Games and Li-Ning Singapore Open, attributed the victory to the strong team spirit and teamwork.

    “I am very satisfied with the bronze medal as this is a high-level tournament with so many high-ranked teams from around the world,” said the 45-year-old.

    With five more matches to go at the Games — men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and the mixed doubles — Liu said the bronze medal win had given the team a lot of confidence.

    “I think our players can do better in their serves and attacks, and we will step up on that. If we believe, we can win a gold medal, and I think it may come from our women’s doubles pair,”
    he said.

    Singapore last won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002 through former national shuttler Li Li in the women’s singles. The Republic bagged a silver and two bronzes at the New Delhi Games four years ago.

    And they kept that run going yesterday, where Singapore’s mixed doubles pair of Danny Chrisnanta and Vanessa Yeo began strongly with a 2-0 (21-19, 21-19) victory over Ashwini and R V Gurusaidutt.

    In the second match, Singapore’s Huang Chao lost 2-0 to Kashyap Parupalli (15-21, 20-22), before Danny Chrisnanta and Chayut Triyachart put Singapore 2-1 ahead by beating Akshay Dewalkar and Pranaav Chopra 21-12, 21-16.

    It was tied again when Singapore’s women’s singles player Liang Xiaoyu lost by the same margin to PV Sindhu (22-24, 13-21) to set up the dramatic women’s doubles match, which Yao and Shinta won.

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    Danny Chrisnanta and Vanessa Neo got the Singapore team off to a strong start when they beat RV Gurusaidutt and Ponnappa 21-19, 21-29 in the mixed doubles.
    That scoreline is impossible, lol.

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