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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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    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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    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.”

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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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    Default Shuttlers back in the hunt



    The Singapore badminton team, seen here celebrating their mixed team’s bronze medal victory on Monday, will be going all out for the men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles events, which start today. Photo: Getty Images


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    Published: 4:04 AM, July 30, 2014


    SINGAPORE — There was no hangover from Monday’s bronze-medal-winning performance in the mixed team event from Singapore’s badminton team as they successfully negotiated first-round hurdles in the men’s and women’s singles at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow yesterday.

    The Republic’s top male shuttler Derek Wong, 39th in the world rankings, posted a comfortable 2-0 win over Mark Constable of Jersey at the Emirates Arena yesterday to remain on track for a semi-final date with top-seeded Malaysian Chong Wei Feng.

    Wong, the tournament’s sixth seed, will face Georgie Cupidon of the Seychelles in today’s round of 32, where he will be joined by team-mate and world No 141 Huang Chao.

    Huang beat Dominic Jaffray of the Falkland Islands 2-0 and will meet Ayman Ibn Jaman of Bangladesh.

    Liang Xiaoyu, Singapore’s sole representative in the women’s singles, also kept her medal campaign on track in Glasgow, defeating Kate Foo Kune of Mauritius 21-4, 21-3 to earn a spot in the next round against Diana Archer of Ghana today.

    Ranked fourth in the world junior rankings, Liang — who is 198th in the senior rankings — will be looking forward to a re-match against India’s rising star P V Sindhu in the semi-finals, after losing 2-0 to the world championships bronze medallist in the mixed team event on Monday.

    Singapore had beaten India 3-2 on Monday to claim their first bronze medal in the mixed team event in 12 years, and their 10-strong badminton contingent will draw inspiration from swimmer Joseph Schooling for the men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles which start today.

    Schooling’s silver medal in the men’s 100m butterfly on Monday (yesterday morning, Singapore time) was Singapore’s first-ever medal from swimming at the Commonwealth Games, and the Republic’s national badminton team manager Chew Keet Hou wants to use it to inspire the shuttlers to more success in Glasgow.

    “We are all very happy that Schooling got the medal, because we also believe that winning (more) medals is possible for all of us,” said Chew yesterday.

    “The team was very happy after winning the bronze yesterday, but today, it starts all over and they have to collect their emotions and get on with the competition and go all out.”

    The men’s singles competition may be missing World No 1 Lee Chong Wei due to injury, but Chew warned that other players will be stepping up the pressure as he added: “Without Chong Wei, the competition is more open than before, but there are still many players as the gold medal is now up for grabs for everyone.”

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    Default Commonwealth Games: Shuttler Derek Wong lands silver in men's singles

    Commonwealth Games: Shuttler Derek Wong lands silver in men's singles

    Published on Aug 3, 2014 8:27 PM





    Derek Wong creates history by winning his semi finals match and making the finals of the badminton singles event at Glasgow. Derek Wong landed a Commonwealth Games silver medal for Singapore on Sunday, after he lost 14-21, 21-11, 19-21 to India's Kashyap Parupalli in the badminton men's singles final at the Emirates Arena. -- PHOTO: COMMONWEALTH GAMES SINGAPORE







    By Sanjay Nair In Glasgow



    Derek Wong landed a Commonwealth Games silver medal for Singapore on Sunday, after he lost 14-21, 21-11, 19-21 to India's Kashyap Parupalli in the badminton men's singles final at the Emirates Arena.


    Although the shuttler failed to land a gold medal, the 25-year-old still becomes the Republic's first medallist in the men's singles event.


    Wong's previous singles career highlight was a bronze at the 2011 SEA Games in Jakarta.


    The Singapore Institute of Management graduate is the son of 1983 SEA Games men's champion Wong Shoon Keat and former national player Irene Lee.

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    Default Commonwealth Games: A look inside badminton men's singles finalist Derek Wong's bag

    Commonwealth Games: A look inside badminton men's singles finalist Derek Wong's training bag

    Published on Aug 3, 2014 12:51 PM





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    If your father was Singapore's last SEA Games badminton men's champion and your mum also played badminton for Singapore, it is hard not to take after your parents.


    So it is not a great surprise that Derek Wong, 25, is Singapore's top national shuttler.
    His parents, Wong Shoon Keat and Irene Lee, went on to run a badminton shop at the old Singapore Badminton Hall in Guillemard Road.


    His father first took him to play badminton there when he was seven, he said.
    It was to become a daily ritual over the next decade. He recalled: "After school, I would do my homework at the shop. And I would wait till the shop closed to go home with my parents."


    At the hall, he always could find people to smack shuttlecocks with him. "The uncles there were very friendly and always willing to play with me," he said.


    "If there was no one around, my grandmother would play with me," he added with a smile. His grandmother helped out at the shop, stringing rackets.


    His elder brother, Shawn, 28, is a badminton coach, while his younger brother, Jason, 17, is in the national badminton doubles team. A third brother, Jamie, 20, is doing his national service.


    When Wong sat for his O levels at Montfort Secondary, he did well enough to enrol in one of the top five junior colleges. But he decided to postpone his studies and concentrate on a career as a professional sportsman.


    When national service intervened, his playing career took a break. If he could turn back the clock, he said, he would have done exactly the same, thing. "It is the ups and downs that make my life much more interesting and fruitful," he said.


    In 2011, two years after returning to professional sport, he stunned the badminton world when he defeated Indonesian star Taufik Hidayat in the second round of the World Championships in London. Taufik had been Olympic champion in 2004 and world champion in 2005.


    "It was the start, when I gained confidence that I can beat all these top players in the world," he said.


    That year, he also beat Vietnam's Nguyen Tien Minh in the quarter-final of the SEA Games in Jakarta. But in the semi-final, he lost to Indonesia's Simon Santoso, the eventual gold medallist, and had to settle for a bronze. He collected another bronze in the men's team event.


    Still, it is not these tournaments he counts as the most memorable but the 2012 Olympics in London, although he was knocked out in the group stage. He won one match but lost the other.


    "Everything is super-upsized at the Olympics. The atmosphere is just different," he said. He got to see sporting royalty such as Usain Bolt, the world 100m sprint record holder, and basketball player Kobe Bryant in the athlete's canteen and during the opening ceremony. He even managed to get a photo taken with the latter.


    Wong, currently ranked No. 45 in the world, has his sights on the Commonwealth Games in July and Asian Games this September.


    But for now, he is looking forward to the OUE Singapore Open 2014, which is scheduled to take place from April 8 to 13. It will feature world-class players such as Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei and China's Li Xuerui.


    His target for the Singapore Open is simple: Make it to the main draw. He failed last year, losing to Malaysia's Zulfadli Zulkiffli.


    "You definitely want to play well in front of the home crowd, as there are more people cheering for you," he said.



    By Trevor Tan

    -- ST PHOTOS: TREVOR TAN
    Klipsch S4i
    Athletes need music to calm their nerves and I listen to music to put me into a more relaxed mode before matches. I like the clear sound these earphones produce. Plus, they have flat cables that make them less likely to tangle.


    Samsung Galaxy S3
    I received this smartphone during the 2012 London Olympics, as it was issued to every athlete at the games. I like its graphics, as the theme I use will change the colour of the icons every day.

    -- ST PHOTOS: TREVOR TAN
    PowerBank 12,000mAh Battery Pack
    I got this as a present at Christmas last year. We had a small gathering and the usual gift exchange. I bought a T-shirt and chocolate as my “secret Santa” presents and received this in return.

    -- ST PHOTOS: TREVOR TAN
    Canon EOS 600D
    I won this in a lucky draw during a sports awards event. I use it mainly to record videos of my matches to analyse my game. If I have the time to do some sightseeing during competitions, I will take it along to snap pictures.





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    Who
    Derek Wong, 25, is a national badminton player who represented Singapore in the 2012 Olympics in London; and in the 2011 Jakarta SEA Games, where he won two bronze medals.


    His training bag This Li Ning bag looks sleek and feels very comfortable. It is pretty lightweight. So, even if you put a lot of things inside, it still does not feel too heavy.

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    Mr Wong Shoon Keat (in yellow), father of Derek, grimacing during yesterday’s match. On his right is Mr Lee and on his left is Chayut Triyachart’s mother, Mrs Darunee. Photo: Don Wong


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    Published: 6:14 AM, August 4, 2014

    SINGAPORE — They came to the Singapore Badminton Hall to watch the broadcast of the Commonwealth Games men’s and doubles finals in the hope there would be something to cheer about.

    Their best bet was Singapore’s Derek Wong, ranked 40th in the world, who had despatched India’s R V Gurusaidutt (No. 34) in the semi-final on Saturday and was up against Parupalli Kashyap (22), also of India.

    The 50-odd crowd, including Singapore Badminton Association president Lee Yi Shyan and SBH chairman Richard Tan, were kept on the edge of their seats right up to the last serve.

    There was resignation in the first set that it was not to be after all when Kashyap easily won 21-14.

    Then suddenly there was belief and hope when Singapore’s top men’s singles player came back with gusto to overcome his Indian opponent 21-11 in the second set.

    Emotions ran high in the third and final set when, after trailing, Wong fought back to draw level not once, but thrice, until they were 19-19 all. But as the Indian took the remaining two points to grab gold, there was disappointment but not sullen faces.

    The general feeling was that, at least, Wong put up a gallant fight right up till the end and did not give up even when he was trailing by five points at one stage during the last set.

    Singapore came up short in the men’s doubles as well, with Malaysia’s Tan Wee Kiong and Goh V Shem defeating Chayut Triyachart and Danny Chrisnanta 21-12, 12-21 and 21-15.

    Lee, who is also Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Trade and Industry, and National Development, said Singapore sent a young team and it was quite an achievement that they managed to yield two silvers and a bronze.

    The SBA president said that, with more composure, Wong and the doubles pair could have won gold. But he was pleased with the overall performance of the players in both finals.

    Winning silver in the Commonwealth Games, he added, will boost Wong’s confidence in preparing for future matches.

    “Derek has done very well in entering the finals against some of the better ranked players,” said Lee. “In the final match, he was playing against a player who is seeded No. 2 who is very strong in net shots.

    “So I think Derek played too much at the net, which suited his opponent. If like the second game, when Derek pushed him to the corner, I think he would have a better chance. He is our No. 1 singles, so we look forward to his (future) contributions.”

    Wong’s father, Shoon Keat, who won the 1983 SEA Games singles gold medal, was not disappointed that Singapore did not strike gold last night. He was, instead, pleased that his son and the doubles pair got as far as the finals.

    Shoon Keat said in playing against the higher-ranked Kashyap, all he wanted from his son was a determined effort and was pleased that Singapore’s No. 1 did not disappoint.

    Besides Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei, who skipped the Games, and China’s Lin Dan, he added, there was little to separate the top 30 players and if Wong continued to play the way he did against Kashyap, he will go far

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    Singapore's Derek Wong on Sunday (Aug 3) won a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games badminton men's singles, after losing 2-1 to India's Kashyap Parupalli. In the team event, Singapore's Danny Chrisnanta and Chayut Triyachart also walked away with silver.



    Singapore's Derek Wong plays against India's Kashyap Parupalli in the finals of the badminton men's singles event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo: Commonwealth Games Singapore)



    Derek Wong (L) poses with India's Kashyap Parupalli and R V Gurusaidutt after they receive their medals for the men's singles badminton finals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. (Photo: Commonwealth Games Singapore)


    SINGAPORE: Singapore's Derek Wong on Sunday (Aug 3) won a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games badminton men's singles, after losing 2-1 to India's Kashyap Parupalli.

    In the finals, Wong lost 14-21, 21-11, 19-21 to second-seeded Parupalli.

    Wong, 25, is the first Singaporean medallist in the men's singles event.

    In the badminton men's doubles event, the Singapore pair of Danny Chrisnanta and Chayut Triyachart on Sunday also received silver, after losing 2-1 in the finals to Malaysia's Tan Wee Kiong and Goh Wei Shem.

    Singapore were defeated 12-21, 21-12, 15-21.

    Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong said in a Facebook update that Derek Wong “can hold his head high with his solid performance”. He added that he was proud that Derek Wong's “silver medal is the best ever by Singapore in the individual men's badminton at the Commonwealth (Games)”.

    Team Singapore are set to return from Glasgow with 17 medals, well short of the 31-medal haul from the 2010 New Delhi Games.

    The reduced haul is due to poorer individual performances and fewer team events contested, but Chef-de-Mission Low Teo Ping said the emergence of new powerhouses in certain sports was also a factor.

    He said: “Sports like badminton, table tennis - there are now new countries that have emerged to be also powerhouses, like India, and also England. Athletes now know exactly where they stand in terms of the regional competitions, and also the international standards that exist amongst some of the leading countries in the sports we have participated in.”


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    Derek Wong (centre) with his father Wong Shoon Keat and mother Irene Lee. Wong hopes winning silver in Glasgow can help his bid to play in the Asian Games next month. Photo: Wee Teck Hian


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    Published: 4:03 AM, August 6, 2014


    SINGAPORE — Shuttler Derek Wong, the newly-crowned Commonwealth Games men’s singles silver medallist, has called the journey in Glasgow an “extraordinary” one for the 10-member badminton contingent.

    Wong and his team-mates Chayut Triyachart and Danny Bawa Chrisnanta had won two historic silvers in the men’s singles and men’s doubles, while the team took home a mixed team bronze to the delight of many fans in Singapore.

    It also marked a reversal of fortunes for the national shuttlers, who drew a blank at the last two editions of the Singapore Open and returned from December’s SEA Games with only one bronze in the women’s doubles.

    An internal review saw Liu Qingdong appointed as the new chief coach, with former chief singles coach Luan Ching and Yoo Yong Sung (doubles) leaving the association.

    Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) senior technical manager Chua Yong Joo acknowledged that the national team’s road to recovery will be a long one.


    “The winning mentality is still somehow lacking, and the one thing that can help is more exposure to big competitions,”
    said Chua yesterday on the sidelines of the reception for the team at the Singapore Badminton Hall. “This is just the first step, and there’s still a long way to go. Hopefully this first step will spur the rest to step up their performance.”

    Six shuttlers will head to the World Championships in Copenhagen from Aug 25 to 31, before taking on the likes of China, South Korea, Japan and Indonesia at the Asian Games next month. The Republic’s doubles pairings are confirmed for Incheon: Chayut and Danny (men’s doubles), Danny and Vanessa Neo (mixed doubles), and Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari (women’s doubles), pending Yao’s recovery from injury.

    Meanwhile Wong, 25, is keeping his fingers crossed that the SBA’s late appeal for his inclusion in the Asian Games will be accepted by the Singapore National Olympic Council, as he does not meet its qualifying mark of top six in Asia.

    Said the world no 40: “It will definitely be a bonus if I can play at the Asian Games. We actually all have the ability to achieve what Chayut, Danny and I did, and there is a new level of confidence that we will bring to the upcoming tournaments.”

    Liu has set an initial target of top 16 for his charges, with an eye for the top eight at the Asiad. Singapore’s last medal at the Asian Games was a bronze for the women’s team in the 2006 edition in Qatar.

    The national team will be boosted by the return of doubles specialist Hendra Wijaya, who won the Commonwealth Games men’s doubles bronze medal in 2010 with older brother Hendri Saputra. Both had quit the national set-up in May 2011 but Hendra, 28, returned to the fold last month and could feature in next year’s SEA Games with a new doubles partner.

    Former top singles player Ronald Susilo also revealed he is training for a comeback at the SEA Games after a four-year layoff.

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    SINGAPORE — Badminton player Liang Xiaoyu came back from Glasgow with a Commonwealth Games bronze medal around her neck from the mixed team event, but the 17-year-old now trains her sights on making the podium in the women’s singles at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG).

    Having taken a year off school to train for the Nanjing Games, the junior world no 4 hopes her sacrifice will pay off when she takes to the courts at the Nanjing Sports Institute Gymnasium starting Sunday. Xiaoyu and team-mate Bernard Ong will play the women’s and men’s singles respectively before teaming up for the mixed doubles, and has been building up well for the Games.

    In February, she reached the semi-finals of the Asia Youth Under-19 Championships in Taiwan, and in April she made the quarter-finals of the World Junior Championships in Malaysia.

    Apart from daily training, Xiaoyu spends long hours watching competition footage of herself, with her father, a badminton coach at a local school, helping to analyse her strengths and weaknesses.

    “My strategy has always been engaging my opponent in long rallies and finding the right opportunity to attack when I sense a chance … that’s usually how I win my games,” she said, calling the YOG a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “Bernard and I have been training six days a week for up to six hours each day, and we want to do well.”

    Born in Jiangsu, China, Xiaoyu’s family moved to Singapore when she was eight. Now a Singapore citizen, she took up badminton in Primary 3 and started pursuing the sport seriously after winning inter-school and national age group competitions.

    “I hope to medal at the YOG. It’s going to be hard, but I don’t think I am that far off in the competition,” said Xiaoyu, who hopes to turn professional. “I told my parents not to come to Nanjing to watch me play. When I am on court, I want only to see and focus on my opponent. I cannot be distracted. The pressure is definitely there, but I’ll deal with it.”


    Catch the Opening Ceremony of the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games on Sports on okto tomorrow at 7.55pm.

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    I can't believe Gu Juan retired from the association because of poor structures. She is a player with good potential and some achievements. There must be serious problem in the organization of the SBA.

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