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05-11-2013, 12:20 AM #86
Okay, lets have something fun: Only for those who is following malaysian election news:
Lin dan, ranked 41 in the world and having no games played for 8 months is unable to play in the world championships. However, after a Malaysian Blackout, Lin Dan was given a wild card and join the tournament.
05-11-2013, 01:56 AM #87
However, I understand the pressure on LCW's shoulders is lot more now since LD is in, especially when he lost so many big matches to him before and mentally it is very hard to remove it.
On the other hand, here is the moment that LCW can prove to the world he is a true champion by winning this title at Chinese player's back yard.
05-11-2013, 03:57 AM #88
Who cares? Chen Long will win the WC anyway! ;-)
05-11-2013, 04:13 AM #89
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05-11-2013, 05:07 AM #91
From what I've gathered, I speculate that the personal rivalry between Lin Dan and Chen Long has begun. The last one month or so, Lin Dan has been playing training/sparring matches with all his teammates except Chen Long, with the tacit approval and understanding of the coaches to keep the suspense between them. Apparently, they don't want to know each other's game too well, for good reason.
Regarding those matches Lin Dan played, it was reported he won more than he lost, not that he won most of them - that should give us a rough indication of his current form. It was also said the teammates took their matches seriously and relished beating him.
As kwun said, three months may not be enough for Lin Dan to get back to near-peak form after having laid off regular/systematic training for six months or tournament competition for about eight months. But Lin Dan being Lin Dan, I believe once he sets his mind on it - to win the world championship - he might just be able to do it, I mean get into tip-top condition.
Looks like we're in for a grand treat this WC, largely thanks to Lin Dan, Lee CW and Chen Long.
05-11-2013, 07:04 AM #92
Yes it happened today...
If BAM and CW did say what qas reported, it just shows a typical case of how immature the stakeholders in badminton sport are... This is sad and not good for the sport.
Similar case in tennis, when Kim came out of retirement and given a wild card to US Open 2009 and go on to win the title, and no one yelled like BAM and CW today.
Badminton will never be as prosperous as tennis having stakeholders like these...
05-11-2013, 07:14 AM #93
If Kevin Cordon is also coming I dont think you should expect to see CL in the final
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05-11-2013, 11:42 AM #94
05-11-2013, 12:09 PM #95
I have seen misreporting of LCW's words that he said in a press conference. I was present there and the report had some differences in meaning to spoken LCW's words.
05-11-2013, 01:38 PM #96
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05-11-2013, 02:21 PM #99
Lin Dan just had a nice period off to regenerate his aging body (and mind), whilst LCW has been flying all over the world because it is mandatory/expected ... (badminton has a ridiculously short off season )
I'm not saying the decision isn't logical, because it is for commercial purposes, but saying it isn't an advantage for LD/"China" is just ignorant. That said, LCW should turn the knob and re-focus ... and retire after the WC .
Tennis wildcards are usually given to players coming back from long injury layoffs (Ivanisevic, Clijsters, etc., etc., etc., or local promising talent by local organizers or in Kuznetsov's and Shelby Rodgers' case: they won the USTA wildcards race). All Ivanisevic skipped was the qualifying tournament (it's not like he was not even eligible to play that)
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05-11-2013, 11:20 PM #100
here is the thing, BWF fined Lin dan for not participating enough tournaments in 2012.
and then now they give him a wild card for not participating enough tournament in 2012.
Well Done BWF!!!
BWF send off 4 pairs of WD in olympics for reason of fairness over viewership.
BWF send Lin Dan into the World championship for reason of viewership over fairness.
Great Job BWF!!!
I can see that other sports are laughing at this diminishing sport.
05-12-2013, 01:27 AM #101
I don't know if this has been posted before :
Courtesy of BAM :
Thursday, 09 May 2013
The Badminton World Federation’s decision to award a wild card to four-time world champion, Lin Dan of China for this years championships in Guangzhou from August 5-11 is setting a dangerous precedent. The 29-year-old took a long sabbatical after retaining the London Olympics last year and failed to qualify on merit for the tournament.
However, the BWF’s Committee of Management (COM) for the World Championships has voted unanimously to award him the wild card where he will join teammates Chen Long (pic below), the World No. 2, Asian champion Du Pengyu and Wang Zheming in the men’s singles competition.
Exercising its prerogative to nominate a wild-card entry in each category, the COM determined that Lin Dan’s stature and fan appeal would significantly enhance the championships.
Despite his current ranking of 41, Lin Dan is still considered the best among the Chinese qualifiers.
His inclusion as a wild card gives an unfair advantage to the Chinese players while affecting the chances of players from other countries.
Malaysia’s own medal hope Dato Lee Chong Wei would also see his chances of claiming his first world title seriously affected.
With Lin Dan unlikely to be seeded, there is a strong chance of him being drawn with Chong Wei or any other other seeded players early on. And that could even happen as early as the first round itself.
It is surprising that the BWF failed to take this into consideration when they offered Lin Dan the wild card.
Now that they have given Lin Dan a direct entry, the BWF should award Lin Dan with a preferential higher seeding. Preferential seedings is practised in tennis Grand Slams, allowing for a level playing field.
If the BWF fails to do so, than they are responsible for the chaos they are going to unleash on the players who have worked hard for the past 12 months to qualify for the championships. That the wild card was given to a player who intentionally took a break from competition and not because he was injured is questionable.
To be fair, neither Lin Dan nor China should be blamed for this as the onus was entirely on the BWF. Anyone in the same boat would have taken up such a silver plattered gift.
It seems that the BWF is more interested in financial and cosmetic gains rather than the development of the sports. The wild cards could have easily been given to any of the reigning World Junior champions, if they have not qualified on merit.
That would have been a move in the right direction.
05-12-2013, 04:01 AM #102
so next year no need to have WR and qualification periods. just make a poll!!