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    Quote Originally Posted by gopalprasad View Post
    Ashwini ends her partnership with Jwala.
    For good, with Jwala taking a long sabbatical and showing interest in being an item girl in movies and indulging more in the talking stuff then actually playing, Ashwini gets a chance to end her partnership and be serious and focus.
    Hope the WD scene ses some rise in serious badminton in India now.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/s...w/19099721.cms
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    HYDERABAD: In a surprise move, Ashwini Ponnappa has decided to end her doubles partnership with Jwala Gutta.

    The Jwala-Ashwini duo has been the most successful women's doubles team in Indian badminton history, the only Indian pair to win a medal (bronze) at the World Championships, in England in 2011. They had also clinched the women's doubles gold at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.

    Jwala decided to take a break from badminton after her unsuccessful campaign at the London Olympics last year after which Ashwini played with Pradnya Gadre.

    When Jwala returned in January 2013, she wanted to partner Ashwini and had even said that she would only concentrate on women's doubles with an eye on the 2016 Olympics.

    But Ashwini did not evince interest as she had already promised Pradnya that she would play with her till this month's All England Championships.

    Jwala then wanted to partner Prajakta Sawant. But Sawant did not make it to London for the All England meet due to issues with her visa and Jwala had to make do with playing only in the mixed doubles alongside Valiyaveetil Diju.

    TOI has learnt on Wednesday that on return from England, Ashwini has written to the Badminton Association of India (BAI), saying that henceforth she intended to partner Pradnya in all tournaments, which in effect rules out the possibility of playing with Jwala again.

    Ashwini, who is out of country for an international tournament, was not available for comment. But Pradnya was excited to continue her partnership with Ashwini.

    "Immediately after the All England, Ashwini told me that she would continue with me. I am really excited to play with her, it was a great learning experience," Pradnya said, adding that it is very difficult to replace a player of Jwala's calibre.

    "Jwala is a good player and it would be difficult for me to fill her boots. But I am confident of doing well with Ashwini," she added.

    Jwala, who is busy shooting for a Telugu movie, will continue playing with Diju in mixed doubles. The duo will feature in the Asian Championships and then the Indian Open.

    "Initially, Jwala wanted to play only women's doubles and so I started playing with an Indonesian girl. But Jwala asked me to renew the partnership. I am happy to play with Jwala and hopefully we will continue for a few years," Diju said.
    It is already hard enough to perform at this level when one is full time. With all this unwanted disruptions to training due to Jwala's other commitments, I think this is a good move by Ashwini.

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    You can give your 100 % only when you concentrate on one thing at a time . I hope Aswini understood the current situation of her career and jwala's commitments at the same time . I have no idea whether Pradnya is happy or not, but i am very happy for her decision .

    Soon, we will be able to see this pair (Aswini and pradnya) moving around the court while Jwala dancing for a duet with Allu Arjun on the sets of film city . Another "aa ante amalapuram" song in the making??? .

    Atlast Aswini got her breath back .

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    Quote Originally Posted by gopalprasad View Post
    Ashwini ends her partnership with Jwala.
    For good, with Jwala taking a long sabbatical and showing interest in being an item girl in movies and indulging more in the talking stuff then actually playing, Ashwini gets a chance to end her partnership and be serious and focus.
    Hope the WD scene ses some rise in serious badminton in India now.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/s...w/19099721.cms
    Excerpts:
    HYDERABAD: In a surprise move, Ashwini Ponnappa has decided to end her doubles partnership with Jwala Gutta.

    The Jwala-Ashwini duo has been the most successful women's doubles team in Indian badminton history, the only Indian pair to win a medal (bronze) at the World Championships, in England in 2011. They had also clinched the women's doubles gold at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.

    Jwala decided to take a break from badminton after her unsuccessful campaign at the London Olympics last year after which Ashwini played with Pradnya Gadre.

    When Jwala returned in January 2013, she wanted to partner Ashwini and had even said that she would only concentrate on women's doubles with an eye on the 2016 Olympics.

    But Ashwini did not evince interest as she had already promised Pradnya that she would play with her till this month's All England Championships.

    Jwala then wanted to partner Prajakta Sawant. But Sawant did not make it to London for the All England meet due to issues with her visa and Jwala had to make do with playing only in the mixed doubles alongside Valiyaveetil Diju.

    TOI has learnt on Wednesday that on return from England, Ashwini has written to the Badminton Association of India (BAI), saying that henceforth she intended to partner Pradnya in all tournaments, which in effect rules out the possibility of playing with Jwala again.

    Ashwini, who is out of country for an international tournament, was not available for comment. But Pradnya was excited to continue her partnership with Ashwini.

    "Immediately after the All England, Ashwini told me that she would continue with me. I am really excited to play with her, it was a great learning experience," Pradnya said, adding that it is very difficult to replace a player of Jwala's calibre.

    "Jwala is a good player and it would be difficult for me to fill her boots. But I am confident of doing well with Ashwini," she added.

    Jwala, who is busy shooting for a Telugu movie, will continue playing with Diju in mixed doubles. The duo will feature in the Asian Championships and then the Indian Open.

    "Initially, Jwala wanted to play only women's doubles and so I started playing with an Indonesian girl. But Jwala asked me to renew the partnership. I am happy to play with Jwala and hopefully we will continue for a few years," Diju said.
    And Ashwini/ Pradnya is not a bad pair they have even beaten Ma jin/ Tang Jinhua

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    We will run out of shuttles in four days: Gopichand

    M. Ratnakar, TNN, Mar 23, 2013

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/s...w/19139554.cms

    HYDERABAD: India's international shuttlers face a different crisis. In about a week's time, Saina Nehwal and Co will not be able to practice their craft due to lack of 'birds'.

    The stock of shuttles has whittled down to meagre levels, about 50 barrels at Gopichand Academy. Each barrel has 12 shuttles and quality players need about 12 barrels for training, daily. That apart, there is no stock available anywhere in the country, not even with Yonex.

    The shuttles that are available in India are imported from China and Hong Kong. But after the outbreak of avian flu in 2007, the Indian government imposed a ban on importing shuttles.

    The government, however, gave a temporary waiver when India hosted the 2009 World Badminton Championships in Hyderabad, but then issued an order saying that companies exporting shuttles should produce an NOC saying the shuttles meet with stringent testing conditions: feathers treated at 100 degree Centigrade for about 30 minutes. The waiver ended in 2010.

    Even after the 2010 deadline, a few consignments landed in Hyderabad, but with none coming here in the last few months, the badminton officials had to seek government's intervention.

    "We only have 50 barrels left with us now and can continue practice for another four days. I don't know what to do after that. We used to get shuttles for our national camps from Sports Authority of India (SAI). But that stopped after October 2012. We managed all these days by procuring shuttles from Yonex and they don't have the stock now," Pullela Gopichand, chief coach of the Indian badminton team, told TOI on Friday.

    Badminton Association of India (BAI) president Akilesh Das Gupta met sports minister Jitendra Singh earlier this week. On Thursday morning, BAI officials also met the Animal Husbandry Ministry and pleaded their case.

    "Our president is making all efforts to extend the reprieve for one more year. The Sports Minister and Animal Husbandry Ministry have reacted positively and by Monday we are hopeful of getting a letter in this regard," said TPS Puri, vice-president, BAI.

    It is easier said than done, though. Even if the letter is issued next week, it will take at least a fortnight to get things on track as obtaining NOC is not easy.

    With the next big assignment - Indian Open beginning in Delhi on April 23 - the players, who were assured the issue would be sorted by the time they return from European circuit, hope they will not have to twiddle their thumbs for no fault of theirs.

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    Training programme for badminton coaches

    HYDERABAD, March 23, 2013
    http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper...cle4540444.ece

    The Pullela Gopi Chand Academy (Gachibowli) will host a week-long intermediate level coaches training programme from March 23 to 30.

    The seven-day course encompasses various aspects of badminton coaching with an introductory lecture by Badminton World Federation technical expert, Venugopal Mahalingam. The 35 coaches will also be exposed to intricacies of sport medicine, sports nutrition, sports psychology and conditioning.

    Sessions on technical aspects will be administered by Mahalingam, chief national coach Pullela Gopi Chand, Indonesian coach Edwin Iriawan and other senior Indian coaches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobalt View Post
    We will run out of shuttles in four days: Gopichand

    M. Ratnakar, TNN, Mar 23, 2013

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/s...w/19139554.cms

    HYDERABAD: India's international shuttlers face a different crisis. In about a week's time, Saina Nehwal and Co will not be able to practice their craft due to lack of 'birds'.
    Huh? This is what happens when you have dumb over enthusiastic people making policies.
    I really doubt the manufactures in China going to care anything about India requirement's as it is plain silly. Maybe they can use the plastic feathers to train.

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    Rajeev Ganpule becomes India's first BWF Level 1 coach

    Suhas Nayse, TNN | Mar 25, 2013

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/s...w/19194169.cms

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    NAGPUR: Former national-level shuttler and executive secretary of the Maharashtra Badminton Association (MBA), Rajeev Ganpule added another feather to his cap when he became the first Indian to clear the Badminton World Federation's (BWF) Level 1 coaching education course.

    The Badminton Association of India (BAI) had nominated Ganpule for the prestigeous examination conducted by the world governing body which was held at Male, Maldives last year.

    The result of the course was announced recently. It will now enable Ganpule to conduct courses on behalf of BWF as per their requirement anywhere in India and abroad.

    ..."Whatever I have learned, I would like to first share it with the coaches in India. The badminton coaching has undergone lot of changes in the last few years. Our course was conducted by the panel of world's leading coaching experts. They taught us several new aspects of coaching which was not known during our playing days," Ganpule told TOI on Monday.

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    Delhi to host 'new' Thomas, Uber Cups

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    EXCERPTS: The biennial Thomas Cup and Uber Cup for the year 2014 have been allotted to New Delhi. This is a reflection of India's growing stature in the world of badminton as this seven-decade-old world event will be held for the first time in India. BWF officials will be visiting New Delhi to ink the agreement on April 26, TPS Puri, vice-president, Badminton Association of India, told TOI.

    Its the good news for the upcoming badminton nation like INDIA .
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    New Delhi to host 2014 Thomas, Uber Cups


    http://www.sportskeeda.com/2013/03/2...mas-uber-cups/

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    Indian badminton is in extremely good health. The country’s shuttlers are consistently making all and sundry sit up and take notice be it the men or the women shuttlers.

    Saina Nehwal has taken world women’s badminton by storm and the manner in which she takes on the might of the Chinese has won her international fame. Parupalli Kashyap is not far behind. The Indian won his first international singles crown last year and then went on to achieve a career-high ranking of eight.

    Even the likes PV Sindhu, Ajay Jayaram, RMV Gurusaidutt, Sourabh Varma, Anand Pawar, B Sai Praneeth, K Srikanth and HS Pranoy have been making their mark in various international tourneys.

    Clearly, India’s stock as a badminton-playing nation has indeed soared in recent years. Taking cognizance of the country’s stature in the world of badminton, the world body – World Badminton Federation (WBF) – has allotted New Delhi the 2014 Thomas Cup and Uber Cup tournaments.


    It may be pertinent to mention that this seven-decade-old world event will be held for the first time in India. According to Badminton Association of India (BAI) sources, a final stamp of confirmation will be put by WBF when their officials visit New Delhi later this month.

    It’s worth recalling that the Thomas Cup (world men’s team championship) was started in 1948-49, while the Uber Cup (world women’s team championships) was started in 1956-57 – both are the oldest and the most prestigious international tournaments staged by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

    In a significant first, the Thomas Cup and the Uber Cup tourneys would be played in a new format from 2014 onwards. The BWF decided to eliminate the earlier way of holding preliminaries –continental preliminaries were held across different places and 12 teams made it to the final.

    The New Delhi edition would only feature finals with 16 countries taking part. 14 teams will make the cut on the basis of their world rankings and they will be joined by the defending champions and the hosts. These tournaments would witness a minimum of three teams from Asia, three from Europe and the highest ranked teams from Pan America, Africa and Oceania Continental Confederations.

    It is learnt that India bagged these major events not just because of the impressive manner in which they conducted international events over the years, but also because Indian shuttlers have been able to turn in outstanding performances in high-profile tourneys on a regular basis.

    Just wanted to share the same news from different agency..

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    It's better reporting than the 'other' newspaper.

    Minor correction but the BWF used to be the IBF in the 1940's.

    Excellent move by the BWF to award it India. Inspire the next generation of Indian players after this present crop - if they can get feather shuttles supplied to them........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung View Post
    It's better reporting than the 'other' newspaper.

    Minor correction but the BWF used to be the IBF in the 1940's.

    Excellent move by the BWF to award it India. Inspire the next generation of Indian players after this present crop - if they can get feather shuttles supplied to them........
    So, You were one among the spectators in 1940....!!! Am i right??? ..

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    Really good news for India. This competition need to be rotated across different regions outside east and SE Asia.

    India should be a real threat for at least a semifinal slot in TC judging by their men singles' strength. I fancy them sweeping all singles matches against Korea, Denmark and Indonesia. Maybe not Malaysia especially with DAtuk still around.

    I wish they have a good 3rd singles and better WD for uber cup. Potential finalist. Saina and Sindhu can do a susanti-audina and denies china like in 1994/96 :-)

    Good luck India!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorpion1 View Post
    So, You were one among the spectators in 1940....!!! Am i right??? ..
    Perhaps a history lesson would assist the reporters and the general public that read their articles.

    Accurate facts are not a bad thing


    http://www.bwfbadminton.org/page.aspx?id=14874
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung View Post
    Perhaps a history lesson would assist the reporters and the general public that read their articles.

    Accurate facts are not a bad thing


    http://www.bwfbadminton.org/page.aspx?id=14874
    I was just kidding .

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorpion1 View Post
    I was just kidding .
    Of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djake View Post
    Really good news for India. This competition need to be rotated across different regions outside east and SE Asia.

    India should be a real threat for at least a semifinal slot in TC judging by their men singles' strength. I fancy them sweeping all singles matches against Korea, Denmark and Indonesia. Maybe not Malaysia especially with DAtuk still around.

    I wish they have a good 3rd singles and better WD for uber cup. Potential finalist. Saina and Sindhu can do a susanti-audina and denies china like in 1994/96 :-)

    Good luck India!
    I could just wish!! Would love the idea of SN, PV doing a SusiMia act... but coming to reality Doubles is totally a different ball game & I dont know how exactly they train these days, where as I always used to think it was doubles always at the start and then move on to singles, the doubles give you more tricks which are quite helpful to groom a player in singles... I dont see that happening in India at least we dont have a noticeable doubles team in any of the 3 categories the make-shift arrangement gets the events going but I believe India plays the 3 categories from the game spirit just to participate winning or losing doesnt matters to them!! How else do you explain not having one serious partnership going in the 3 categories.... From the onset it also looks like the team is forced due to availability of just a few players whether they compliment each other or not, they also lack the trust or bonding it seems which is the essence of a team game!!

    I hope the IBF gets serious on this as theres no dearth of talent here just channelizing them and realizing what they ought to do and surely they would achieve it...

    Hopefully the Badminton league throws up some new players and pleasant surprises...Amen!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gopalprasad View Post
    I could just wish!! Would love the idea of SN, PV doing a SusiMia act... but coming to reality Doubles is totally a different ball game & I dont know how exactly they train these days, where as I always used to think it was doubles always at the start and then move on to singles, the doubles give you more tricks which are quite helpful to groom a player in singles... I dont see that happening in India at least we dont have a noticeable doubles team in any of the 3 categories the make-shift arrangement gets the events going but I believe India plays the 3 categories from the game spirit just to participate winning or losing doesnt matters to them!! How else do you explain not having one serious partnership going in the 3 categories.... From the onset it also looks like the team is forced due to availability of just a few players whether they compliment each other or not, they also lack the trust or bonding it seems which is the essence of a team game!!

    I hope the IBF gets serious on this as theres no dearth of talent here just channelizing them and realizing what they ought to do and surely they would achieve it...

    Hopefully the Badminton league throws up some new players and pleasant surprises...Amen!!
    That's the beauty of having this event format for the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup. It's unpredictable and very tactical. I love seeing teams put out novel pairings or singles players in doubles to ambush the opponents.

    FYI, it's more common players to learn singles first before moving to doubles.

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