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02-12-2009, 07:16 AM #69
02-18-2009, 06:42 PM #70
Badminton star furious after missing out on key tournaments
Vietnam’s best-ever badminton player by far, world number 15 Nguyen Tien Minh, is a very disgruntled athlete now that he finds he has not been entered in two important international tournaments next month. Minh’s results in the English and Swiss Super Series last March earned him 7,200 points, moving him up five places to 33rd in the world, and were the starting point for his meteoric rise to 15th place by the end of 2008.
The invitations for Vietnam to compete in the same tournaments again were sent to the Vietnam Badminton Federation (VBF) in Hanoi some time ago, but the VBF disclaims any responsibility for the fiasco and says the blame lies squarely with the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
“It’s up to the provincial or city authorities to apply to the VBF when they want to enter a player in an international tournament. The VBF only registers players for international competitions when they are members of the national team,” VBF general secretary Le Thanh Sang told Thanh Nien.
“Minh is managed by HCMC’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Before the Lunar New Year (January 26), I asked the department to help him compete in the Super Series in England and Switzerland and said the VBF would pay the entry fee for one of the tournaments. However, we haven’t heard back from them since,” Sang said.
Minh, who turned 26 Thursday, was looking forward to getting enough points to increase his world ranking even more, but to his great chagrin he recently learned he was not entered in either event.
Just competing in both would have given him 4,400 points even if he didn’t win a match. Any match wins would have meant even more points and moved him up the rankings, perhaps into the top 10 in the world.
“I had set a goal of winning a few matches at the two important events to become one of the world’s ten best players,” Minh said. “However, I can’t take part in them now so I will drop five places or more after March. Competitiveness among the top 20 players is intense so it will be very hard to get back to 15th place, let alone do better than that.”
His mother is just as upset. “Minh’s participation in the two competitions in England and Switzerland was in the 2009 plans of the HCMC Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism,” Le Thi Vui said.
“The irresponsibility of the people in charge is very disappointing. My family hopes the authorities will take whatever steps are necessary to prevent the same thing happening to anyone again.”
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02-18-2009, 11:06 PM #71
We feel really sorry for him, but we'll always support him
PS: You might be able to get the current picture of VN badminton out of this incident though!
03-06-2009, 04:22 PM #72
A VERY Motivating/Captivating article from Wikipedia about NTM!!
Tien Minh Nguyen
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Tien Minh Nguyen is a male badminton player from Vietnam.
Introduced to badminton by his father at the early age of 10, Nguyen Tien Minh was immediately captivated by the sport and its graceful movements. The interest soon developed into a passion which led to Nguyen's crucial decision in 2001 when the athlete was 18 years old: to take on the path of becoming a professional badminton player instead of carrying on his education as his family wished. The young man's determination soon demonstrated its fruitful aspects when Nguyen was recruited into the national team in the same year. However, Nguyen's career did not become well known nation-wide until 2002 when he, at the age of 19, victoriously defeated the long time national champion, Phu Cuong Nguyen, and seized the gold medal for the men single category.
Nevertheless, despite all of Nguyen's painstaking endearment and awe-inspiring progress, the badminton player was receiving a salary of less than 150 US dollars a month, as most Vietnamese athletes were at the time. Now, after 9 years of contributing to the nation's sport team, while his ranking has been progressing significantly and rapidly, Nguyen's income has only been increased by around 50 dollars! This fact further contributes to the wonder of Nguyen's never ceasing improvement and to the spectacle of his flaming spirit, considering the premium and professional conditions the world's top players are being trained in. These athletes, with incomes much higher than that of Nguyen's, normally have specially assigned specialists to look after their every aspect, such as diet, injuries, endurance training, etc., not to mention all the top ranking sporting facilities provided for by the government. On the other side of the scale, Nguyen has been trained in an environment with nothing but poor equipments and has to rely mostly on his family's financial support, the cherished effort of his few coaches, and the quiet contribution of his team mates. The underdeveloped sporting system of Vietnam does not falter the athlete; his unwavering spirit is impenetrable against all the odds he has to face. Now, at the age of 26, Nguyen Tien Minh currently ranks 15th worldwide and still goes on striking generations of badminton lovers around the globe with not only awe but also inspirations. There is no doubt that the athlete will even further improve his ranking in the future, as he is portrayed by a common description in his home country, "the athlete with a herculean progress".
Summary of Achievements
• Voted and awarded by the press as the Distinctive Athlete of Ho Chi Minh City in 2004
• Voted and awarded by the press as one of the Distinctive Athletes of Vietnam in 2004, 2007, and 2008
• National champion for Men Single in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008
• Bronze Medal for Men Team at the Sea Games 2005, hosted in the Philippines
• Bronze Medal for Men Single at the Sea Games 2007, hosted in Thailand
• Gold Medal for Men Single at the international Malaysia Satellite 2004
• Gold Medal for Men Single at the international Vietnam Satellite 2006 and 2008
• Gold Medal for Men Single at the international Vietnam Open 2008
• Bronze Medal for Men Single at the international Taiwan Open 2008
• Awarded with the Certificate of Satisfactory Progress by the Ho Chi Minh City’s People Committee in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
• Participated in the Beijing Olympics 2008
• Achieved the ranking of 15th worldwide on February 5th, 2009
04-07-2009, 12:29 PM #73
VND20 million monthly from Becamex Binh Duong
After having signed one-year contract with Becamex Binh Duong, top national badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh would receive VND 20 million per month, the biggest sponsorship for a Vietnamese athlete (apart from football players).
In order to continue the contract, world number 21 Tien Minh will have to keep his position in Top 25 of the World Badminton Federation.
This year, apart from winning prizes at the 25th SEA Games, Tien Minh has set a goal to compete in 8-10 international tournaments. He is also expected to win at least one championship title in regional open tournaments to be held in Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.
04-07-2009, 09:51 PM #74
Nice to see a sponsor come through in these tough economic times.
Congratulations and good luck to NTM.
04-08-2009, 10:04 PM #75
this story touched me >< only 2 ns9k-s rackets, no coach... now im going to feel bad if i get more than 2 rackets ><
05-02-2009, 06:32 PM #76
Props for Nguyen Tien Minh =D
After reading his story....I think that NTM is my favorite player now =D...It's not like he is world # 1 like lin dan, LCW or Peter Gade and that we can watch himj in youtube...but he is the one who gave me hope and willpower to improve in badminton...and I think that the next racquet that I will buy will be a nanospeed 9000s...just to have his willpower...=D (althought I know it's a good racquet)...
Props for you, NTM! Now that you have the support of sponsors, I hope that you will accomplish your dreams by being in the world top 10 men singles.. Hope to see you in Youtube in a good quality video someday
Last edited by Luffy; 05-02-2009 at 06:37 PM.
05-05-2009, 03:07 AM #77
Nguyen Tien MInh is really alone professional badminton player compared with top 20, he's so small when playing at international tournaments. The silent walking soldier.
05-05-2009, 10:49 AM #78
Tien Minh is the best in Vietnam! He'll make it to top 10 hopefully this year. He may not have a coach with him in tournaments but he always has our support!
05-07-2009, 04:21 AM #79
with me, he s the best, i admire for what he did... i wish all the best to him ... good luck to TM...
05-11-2009, 09:59 AM #80
After Tien Minh retires, who'll gonna replace him as Vietnam's Hottest?
05-11-2009, 11:00 AM #81
05-24-2009, 11:18 PM #82
NTM is not the only vietnamese player
There is still a lot of viet players in the Badminton World Federation. If they have the same will flame like NTM, they can still achieve the world top 25 players.
Professionnal badminton players got to have willpower to pratice every day to gain sucess like NTM showed us in his career. It took plenty years of pratice from NTM to be ranked 13th in the world and thats not impossible for the other badminton players. It's not because the other viet players are ranked 200th from the BWF that they are noobs compared to the top 50. With pratice, willpower and hard work, they can do anything. That's what Nguyen Tien showed us in these past years when he was arounds 200-300th and then boost like a monster till 13th place.
That's why we can encourage all the others viet players who put hard work into their game to gain sucess. I know that they are really good and they can make it. Hoang Nam, Ha Anh Le, etc....for those players, you can still look at their rank in BWF.
05-25-2009, 03:07 AM #83
IS he still the HOTTEST now?
05-25-2009, 09:55 PM #84
05-25-2009, 10:01 PM #85
Of course, there are plenty other viet players on BWF. Click ''BWF'' on google and check in the site where the ranking is. Then find on the page all the ''VIE'' for vietnam, then youll see all the other vietnamese players on men singles. It's just that they are ranked 200th-300th....but thats already very good. They can get better with pratice and willpower, but still, NTM is the closest vietnamese player from being the world top 10 players so that's why he's the hottest right now =D
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