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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


    By Lim Yong Teck/Red Sports


    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.

    20th Commonwealth Games Contingent

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    Wong Zi Liang Derek
    Huang Chao
    Danny Bawa Chrisnanta
    Triyachart Chayut
    Shinta Mulia Sari
    Fu Mingtian
    Hee Yong Kai Terry
    Liang Xiaoyu
    Neo Yu Yan Vanessa
    Yao Lei

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    Liang Xiaoyu

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    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.


    Catch the 2014 Commonwealth Games on MediaCorp’s okto:


    Opening ceremony “live” on Thursday (July 24) at 4am; encore telecast on July 26 at 6pm.


    Daily action belt: July 24 to Aug 2 at 9pm “live”


    Today at the Games: July 25 to Aug 3 at 3am, with repeats at 8.30am and 6pm daily.

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