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11-05-2008, 03:16 AM #52
"SINGAPORE - Zhang Beiwen is back
The 18-year-old shuttler Zhang Beiwen, who had left the Singapore badminton squad earlier this year, returned to the city state last week. She had joined Singapore under the Foreign Talent scheme in 2003 but had tried her luck 7 months ago in clubs in Malaysia and Taiwan before finally returning to Singapore"
I did not even notice that she left so early in the year. However I did feel funny that she was trying out her video-cam during the Singapore Open and not playing on the courts instead.
I hope she will be more committed and take her training more seriously after her recent "trial" and perhaps "tribulation" and make it her goal to be a champion!
11-05-2008, 04:10 AM #53
u are welcome...uncle loh...^^...
11-05-2008, 04:48 AM #54
I think she has learnt her lesson and I hope that she will repay Singapore with her success in the badminton circuit. In a way, Singapore has to look after her welfare as she was nurtured from a young age of 13 here. And to be objective, Singapore currently has no local player that can measure up to her standard, I'm sorry to admit.
It is a win-win situation for both, I think. And I wish her well.
11-05-2008, 04:50 AM #55
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11-06-2008, 10:28 PM #58
Teen shuttler who quit Singapore returns
The Straits Times
Wed, Nov 05, 2008
By Terrence Voon
AFTER walking out on the Singapore team seven months ago, Zhang Beiwen is now back in the national badminton fold.
The 18-year-old, who came here in 2003 under the Foreign Sports Talent (FST) scheme, was part of the Singapore side that won a team bronze at last year's World Youth Championships.
She left the Republic in April to play badminton for various clubs in countries like Malaysia and Taiwan, but was persuaded to return last week by the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA).
(This is like the return of a prodigal daughter. I personallly have high hopes of Zhang after seeing her play at close quarters all these years. She is taller and perhaps stronger than many of her teammates. And if she works harder on her fitness and skills, we might just see a future champion in the making. I hope this exciting episode of hers will jolt her up and make her understand how SBA is trying its best to give her the best it could offer. Just hope that Gu Juan will do likewise.)
Last edited by Loh; 11-06-2008 at 10:41 PM.
11-06-2008, 10:38 PM #59
11-07-2008, 12:33 AM #60
she is pretty...hehe...sba cannot afford to lose leng lui...haha
11-07-2008, 11:53 AM #61
look like our limsy is interested of her?
11-25-2008, 09:19 PM #62
Stayers, not quitters
The Straits Times
November 25, 2008 Tuesday, 07:04 PM
REMEMBER Li Li?
She was Singapore's Number One female shuttler up until January this year, when she quit the national badminton squad because of "personal reasons".
According to the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA), she has been agitating for a return in recent months. The reasons behind her change of heart were unclear, but officials recently re-opened negotiations regarding a comeback.
Now, it seems that she has made another U-turn, with insiders saying the China-born shuttler was unhappy over the terms of her new contract. This brings the SBA back to where it was in January: Nowhere.
Enough is enough. No athlete - local-born or otherwise - is too big for the sport, especially those who decided to leave before.
Li, who was plucked from Wuhan in 1997 and brought to Singapore, won the Commonwealth Games singles title in 2002. It earned her a ticket on board Project 0812, the Singapore National Olympic Council initiative aimed at clinching Olympic medals.
There are plenty of reasons, not all of them sports-related, why Li should not be given another chance.
First of all, having spent almost a year on the sidelines, her competitive edge might have blunted. There is no guarantee that the 25-year-old is at least as good as she was when she left, and, with the SEA Games just a year away, the Association cannot afford to take a chance on someone whose fitness and ability is now suspect.
Secondly, reinstating Li would be a slap in the face for the younger female shuttlers in the Singapore squad, who have thrived in her absence.
Xing Aiying, for instance, has beaten top-ranked players like Tracy Hallam and Zhou Mi this year. Fu Mingtian and Yao Lei also won the World Juniors Championship recently.
How would they react if they slid down the pecking order again, because a former teammate decided to return?
Thirdly, the SBA has a moral obligation to say no to a player who obviously has her own interests at heart, not her adopted country's.
Take throwers Zhang Guirong, Du Xianhui and Dong Enxin, for instance.
The athletics trio have all returned to China, after months of waffling and squabbling with the Singapore Athletics Association.
To avoid a repeat performance, the door should be shut firmly in the face of Li. Singapore sports needs stayers, not quitters.
11-25-2008, 10:03 PM #63
Li Li to return to Singapore in 2009?
I wonder what was in her January-2008 contract that Li Li was unhappy about.
It would be great if Li Li and SBA could work out something that both parties can be happy/satisfied.
And yes, Singapore's younger female trainees in the squad should be given the same opportunities, whether Li Li is back or not. And this might mean that SBA will have to spend more money, in order to give opportunities to all players in their squad.
11-25-2008, 11:19 PM #64
Loh, thanks for putting up the article which i thought was well-written. chris@ ccc, you are always such a nice guy
the article omitted the fact that li li quit the national squad just before the olympics, distrupting the plans of sba. imho li li is already past her prime. i watched her play in the cheers national championships some time back and she struggled against the younger players. iirc in the international tournaments she played before she quit, she barely got past the preliminary rounds.
i heard from friends she was coaching in yishun but not sure if she's still doing it. all the best to her.
11-25-2008, 11:52 PM #65
I'm sorry for Li Li, who could have brought much more joy to Singaporeans after her stunning victory as the Commonwealth WS Champion in the 2002. She was given the rare chance to compete in the recent Beijing Olympics, yet she let her personal problems derail her ambitions.
Of course SBA would have given her all the necessary support and even now after her request to return to the fold, she was given due consideration. I believe SBA certainly values her 'sacrifice' from the time she was first scouted in her early teens and brought here in 1997 for further training. And I think Li Li was a member of the first batch of 3 to 4 China girls who survived the test of time and remained in Singapore.
Yes, I agree that her form has dropped quite a bit and she should not have imposed too much from the SBA until she has proven herself again against the fast progressing girls junior than herself.
But if she is committed and willing to work hard to regain her fitness and form, then Singapore will be able to field a more creditable women's team for international competitions. It would be even more joyous to see Gu Juan changing her mind and joining back her Singaporean family again.
11-26-2008, 12:27 AM #66
SINGAPORE - Local press tough on Li Li An article of the Straits Time, Singapore's leading newspaper, rejects the possible come back from Li Li into the Singapore National team. This column, written by Terrence Voon, a Sports reporter, clearly states that the former Chinese, who had quit her adopted country of SIngapore to return to China, should not be given the chance to come back and play for Singapore again.
11-26-2008, 03:13 AM #67
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