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Thread: Chinese Badminton
09-22-2013, 11:25 AM #18
09-22-2013, 12:18 PM #19
How does the Chinese players from Team A get to Team B and vice-versa? Does tournament results matter, or only the tournament results that CBA/LYB decide matter? How often is the "promotional tournament" held?
09-22-2013, 12:21 PM #20
09-22-2013, 12:35 PM #21
Personally I believe LXR isn't very consistent yet. But I believe she'll be grabbing more of the larger titles in the next few years (not that she hasn't already...).
09-22-2013, 01:00 PM #22
12-08-2013, 04:39 AM #23
In a seemingly unprecedented move by CBA, CHN sent only a bunch of kids to the Viet Open GP'13, with the oldest and best known being the 19-yr-old Xue Song and the youngest are relative unknowns being the 15-yr-old Sun Feixiang(boy) and the equally young Chen Yufei(girl).
They were represented only in the MS and WS and ended with the 16-yr-old sensation, He Bingjiao, winning the WS title in style. Is this a positive sign that CBA is giving their juniors more opportunities to learn and prove themselves at the adult international level, following in the footsteps of the Thais and the Japanese, for example? I find it commendable and hope it becomes a policy for CBA henceforth .
12-08-2013, 05:18 AM #24
12-08-2013, 05:47 AM #25
Early this year, around the Aussie and the NZ opens, it was the CHN boys who were doing better than their girl counterparts. Now, it seems to be the other way round.
I'm thinking for CHN MS, apart from their MS1 Chen Long (we can disregard Lin Dan as he's not in active competition), their MS2 and MS3 could use some strengthening or reinforcement, in preparation for next year's Thomas Cup as their MD is still a nagging problem with no solution in sight.
I'm aware Lin Dan is the natural choice for CHN MS3 but I doubt he would be too keen or willing, which he wasn't for the last Sudirman Cup where he was supposed to be the reserved player.
12-08-2013, 07:16 AM #26
But once on the world stage , the more so when pitted against the foreign players, these CHN juniors and second stringers are compelled to step up their game and perform creditably, at least up to their coaches' expectations, or else no more overseas assignments and opportunities for the under-performers in future, which may literally spell the end of their careers. As we know, such promising up-and-coming players are a dime a dozen in China, any one not up to the mark is almost immediately replaced.
As for CHN's intended dominance I have a feeling, based on my own reading, that, in the short-run , CBA/LYB is not too keen to achieve that state yet, esp after their unexpected clean sweep of the London Olympic golds, where for the following one year they sort of taken their foot off the pedal, slackened or 'rested too much'(to use LYB's phrase). To me, CBA/LYB seems somewhat concerned about the possible negative impact CHN's dominance might pose to the badminton world at this stage and they could be considering sort of holding back until such time when badminton is raised to a high degree of popularity worldwide, its status elevated to the level of Tennis (or at least Table-tennis ) with its humongous sponsorships and the hugely lucrative prize moneys. That may explain why LYB as well as Lin Dan have after LOG'12 been constantly talking about spending more effort and doing much more to promote the sport, instead of just concentrating on winning medals as before, and that's not just because of their personal self-esteem and/or self-actualization needs. Of course, I'm merely speculating, just saying;perhaps, I'm thinking too much.
It's worth noting that, at present, CHN badminton is far from being dominating especially when you compare it to their table-tennis in which, at the moment, they occupy 6 of the top 10 world ranking list in MS, namely, 1st,2nd,3rd,4th,5th and 7th positions whilst in the WS world ranking list, CHN occupies the 1st,2nd,3rd,then 5th,6th,7th and 8th positions, i.e. 7 out of 10.
Btw, in table-tennis MS, CHN has a 16-yr-old prodigy in Fan Zhendong who catapulted to WR 5 now and going strong. For badminton, his counterpart, CHN's 16-yr-old girl,He Bingjiao, still has much catching up to do.