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08-24-2005, 11:00 PM #1
Russian Open 2005
If you think the participation for the China Masters is sad, it's much worse for the Russian Open. Only Russians in the draw plus a few Ghana players in the MS and MD.
The question is, will the Ghanaians turn up?
08-26-2005, 06:21 AM #2
I think they won't turn up in fact!
It is quite common in european competitions to see totally unknown african entries, who eventually never turn up!
(I think it is a way of getting a visa in order to emigrate to Europe illegally...)
But you never know, I may be wrong...
08-26-2005, 06:29 AM #3
Anyway, the entries are quite catastrophic!
Not even a single player of any neighbour country!! (Ukraine, Poland etc...)
09-14-2005, 05:42 AM #4
May I know the exact reason for the poor participation? Bcos of prize money? Or 3 stars events only? or others? Thanks.
Originally Posted by seven
09-14-2005, 06:36 AM #5Originally Posted by Birdiegut
The only thing I can see is the date problem and lack of "history" of this Open ...(same as China Masters).
09-14-2005, 08:57 AM #6
Thanks. What a pity. I remembered the last time I read on the net there was a russian player who was very good in badminton but unfortunately he faded after some time. Forgot his name, but I am very sure there was a guy then.
Maybe badminton is not so popular in Russia? I was hoping that badminton could be something like tennis ATP, emphasis is on the players. Big prize money will attract the best in the world. I think this will further boost the game.
Originally Posted by seven
09-14-2005, 10:16 AM #7Originally Posted by Birdiegut
- michael jackson just got paid 'x' million$ to sing a happy birthday song to a rich kid in saudi (sorry, no link. It's kinda funny since i would guess michael 'will do anything' for little boys at no charge )
- madonna just got paid 'x' million$ for a day work on a commercial
Last edited by cooler; 09-14-2005 at 10:27 AM.
09-14-2005, 05:25 PM #8
U r rite. Should popularise badminton in USA and other parts of the world. Good to see USA Tony n Bach got the WC 2005 double champion medals man. I remember formerly USA used to be very good in this game. So, they should promote and revive the old glory. Furthermore, this sport can be played irrespectively of rain or shine.
Originally Posted by cooler
09-15-2005, 06:30 AM #9Originally Posted by Birdiegut
Maybe the player you are talking about is Antropov, who was european champion sometime around 1990 I think.
They also have some of the best european juniors with Nina Vislova for example.
Unfortunately, a few of their very good player (Zuev, Yakusheva ...) seem to have retired now, this is why their team was rather weak in Sudirman Cup Group 2 this year...
01-09-2006, 05:29 PM #10
Antropov was never a European champion, to my knowledge - I don't think he even got a medal - but he was the highest-ranking Russian player in the world...
Badminton is still too expensive for Russia: birdies, gym time and, especially, international travel.
01-10-2006, 06:19 AM #11
I must have got mistaken somehow... he was "only" bronze medallist at the 1988 euro champs (behind Daren Hall and Morten Frost).
However he was also silver medallist in MD at the 1994 euro champs (with Zuev).
Having a look at the past results, I also saw Marina Yakusheva was silver medallist in 1996 in .... women's singles!! (losing to Camilla Martin in the final)
You can find all the results on : http://www.eurobadminton.org/file_download.aspx?id=277
Team results can be found here : http://www.eurobadminton.org/file_download.aspx?id=281
Note the team ranking for USSR (up to 1990) then Russia from 1980 onwards :
Since then it has been less good however :
But this is not so bad for a supposedly "minor" badminton nation.
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