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    Default Chinese accused of match manipulation by leading British doublesplayer Chris Adcock


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    There was a comment earlier on in this thread saying its to late to start badminton in your teens im 13 and have been playing for 8 months now an i'm allready in my county squad i dont think its a case of starting to late i think its more about people getting bored of it. I think there just isnt enough people taking it seriously, my mates who started with me have already quit saying that badminton is boring.

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    Question English Super League

    So twitter seems to be good for something and apparently there might finally be something in the works for a top league in England starting in 2014 . Looooong overdue, good work by the Danes . (@Nath_Robertson ambassador?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwilko View Post
    There was a comment earlier on in this thread saying its to late to start badminton in your teens im 13 and have been playing for 8 months now an i'm allready in my county squad i dont think its a case of starting to late i think its more about people getting bored of it. I think there just isnt enough people taking it seriously, my mates who started with me have already quit saying that badminton is boring.
    i find football immensely boring along with tennis

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    Default London Grand Prix Gold

    New major Grand Prix tournament in London

    Date: 11/1/2012 12:52:21 PM

    BADMINTON England is proud to announce it will be the first sport to confirm a major event presence at the Copper Box on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park when it opens in July 2013.



    To be known as the London Grand Prix, the annual event will be part of the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) Grand Prix Gold event series and will take place over six days from 1st to 6th October 2013. It will bring the world’s best players back to London, following the hugely successful Yonex BWF World Badminton Championships that took place in the capital in 2011 followed by sell out crowds at the summer Olympic Games.


    BADMINTON England has a global reputation for delivering some of the greatest events in the badminton world calendar and the London Grand Prix extends this major event portfolio, which is designed not only to attract fans from all over the world but to inspire thousands more people to pick up a racket and play.


    With that in mind, the London Grand Prix will see BADMINTON England extend its relationship with GLL, a charitable Social Enterprise and the appointed operator for the Copper Box by the London Legacy Development Corporation, to increase access to thousands of court hours every week across more than 100 facilities in and around the capital.


    Adrian Christy, Chief Executive of BADMINTON England said “In 2009, we had a very clear vision to attract major European and International events to England, not just to showcase the best players in the world but to continue the amazing growth of badminton in this country.


    “Between then and the London 2012 Olympic Games, we have hosted the European Individual Championships, the European Team Championships, the World Badminton Championships and secured the Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships as a Premier Superseries event.


    “Not only have more than ¼ million fans from the UK and around the world watched some of the best sporting action you will ever see, but thousands of people of all ages have picked up a racket, some for the very first time, as a consequence of the event legacy programmes that sat as part of our inspiration. A great example of this was the World Championships 2011 Legacy Programme which was supported by the Mayor’s Office and has resulted in more than 3000 more people playing badminton in London as a direct consequence of the event”.


    “The World Championships and the Olympic Games demonstrated beyond any doubt that there was an appetite in the capital for more badminton events and we are delighted that our ambitions are matched by GLL to bring more outstanding major sport to the capital and continue the Olympic pledge to inspire a generation”


    “We are proud and privileged to have secured the right to host a prestigious international event in such an iconic venue and we look forward to the continued growth of badminton not just in London but across the country as a consequence”.


    Tony Wallace, Head of Major Venues at GLL said: "We’re delighted to further cement our strategic relationship with BADMINTON England, and are very excited at the prospect of the BWF's Grand Prix Gold series taking place at the Copper Box.

    "This announcement by BADMINTON England is concrete evidence that the 2012 Olympic Games legacy is well underway; and that key facilities such as the Copper Box will benefit both local communities, and also elite athletes from across the globe."


    Dennis Hone, interim Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation which owns the Copper Box, added “Hosting the BWF's Grand Prix Gold series is another great example of a lasting sporting legacy in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. With 10 badminton courts the Copper Box is the natural home for BADMINTON England and a fantastic venue for people of all abilities to play badminton and improve their health and fitness when it opens to the public in July 2013.”


    It will be the first time a BWF Grand Prix Gold event has been held in England and the London Grand Prix is set to entice current badminton fans as well as a new wave of sports fans who appreciate world-class sporting entertainment. Tickets for the BWF Grand Prix Gold will go on sale early 2013.


    The event will complement the English National Badminton Championships to be held in Manchester from 1-3 February 2013 and the Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships to be held at the NIA in Birmingham from 5-10 March 2013.


    Press release by Badminton England

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    Default Adcock and White reunited on court

    Date: 11/15/2012 9:20:58 AM

    Following recent movements in personnel on the GB Badminton programme, GB Badminton is delighted to announce a number of exciting changes to the line up of doubles partnerships that reinforces the strength in Mixed Doubles.

    With seven Mixed Doubles partnerships all vying for success, GB are maintaining a long-standing and rich tradition in developing pairings capable of winning titles on the European and international circuits.

    The new changes to the line-up, effective from January 2013, will see Chris Adcock, Marcus Ellis, Gabby White and Alyssa Lim taking new partners.

    World silver medallist Chris Adcock (pictured) will be reunited with Gabby White. Adcock and White, who are set to wed in the autumn of 2013, will renew an on-court partnership that started at a young age, with success on the junior circuit, and matured into a national title winning duo in February 2012.

    The partnership of Adcock and White was shot into limelight when they won a silver medal at the World Junior Badminton Championships in 2007. The partnership also broke into the world’s top 20 at senior level in 2010.

    White has already had success this season with Marcus Ellis with the pair winning the Yonex Belgian Open and taking the runners-up spot at the Yonex Dutch Open. Ellis will now partner highly-rated young doubles specialist, Alyssa Lim.

    Lim, 21, has won numerous national titles in Mixed and Women’s Doubles at junior level and is the latest junior star to make the step up to the GB programme. This season, Lim has been gaining Mixed Doubles experience at senior level on the European circuit in partnership with Peter Mills.

    Peter Mills will put all his focus into his Men’s Doubles partnership with Chris Langridge. Mills and Langridge are currently ranked 34th in the world on the back of victory at the Czech International in October and a first Grand Prix Gold final appearance at the Bitburger Open earlier this month.

    Of the new partnerships, Jens Grill, GB Badminton Performance Director, said “We have enjoyed a very strong start to the new international circuit season with regard all of our doubles pairs.

    “Some of the results and titles won have shown that there is some real potential within our pairings, especially in respect of Mixed Doubles where we continue to enjoy real strength in depth with some young aspiring partnerships complementing the more experienced players

    “With this good form as a positive backdrop, we have reviewed all options with the coaches and players and, through this fine tuning, we believe the new line up gives us a solid platform on which to establish world class mixed doubles partnerships and continue to build for Rio.”

    GB’s line-up of Mixed Doubles pairings, effective January 2013 is:

    Chris Adcock (Nottinghamshire) & Gabby White (Yorkshire)
    Andrew Ellis (Yorkshire) & Jenny Wallwork (Yorkshire)
    Chris Langridge (Surrey) & Heather Olver (Sussex)
    Marcus Ellis (Yorkshire) & Alyssa Lim (Buckinghamshire)
    Ben Stawski(Warwickshire) & Lauren Smith (Cumbria)
    Matthew Nottingham (Cheshire) & Alex Langley (Nottinghamshire)
    Chris Coles (Avon) & Jessica Fletcher (Yorkshire)


    Press release by Badminton England

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    Badminton England's logic in regards to sending players to tournaments, never makes sense

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    Default Rio 2016 Olympic funding

    "Britain's boxers are among the biggest winners in UK Sport's Olympic 2016 funding programme, but swimming has had a £4m cut to its budget.
    Boxing saw an increase of 44.5% to £13.8m but handball, basketball, table tennis and wrestling lost all support. Overall, 18 sports have seen their money go up, while five have had their budget cut by UK Sport.A record £347m will be made available for the four-year cycle to Rio, an 11% increase on funding for London 2012."

    Archery £4.4m £3.1m -19.7%
    Athletics £25.15m £26.8m 6.6%
    Badminton £7.43m £5.9m -20.6%
    Basketball £8.6m - -
    Boxing £9.55m £13.8m 44.5%
    Canoeing £16.18m £19.1m 18%
    Cycling £26m £30.6m 17.5%
    Diving £6.5m £7.5m 14.75%
    Equestrian £13.39m £17.9m 33.6%
    Fencing £2.5m £3.1m 22.56%
    Gymnastics £10.77m £14.5m 34.6%
    Handball £2.92m - -
    Hockey £15m £15.5m 3.2%
    Judo £7.49m £6.8m -9.3%
    Mod Pent £6.29m £6.9m 9.7%
    Rowing £27.29m £32.6m 19.5%
    Sailing £22.94m £24.5m 6.8%
    Shooting £2.46m £3m 21.9%
    Swimming £25.14m £21.4m -14.9%
    Sync Swim £3.39m £4.3m 26.5%
    Table Tennis £1.21m - -
    Taekwondo £4.83m £6.9m 42.75%
    Triathlon £5.29m £5.5m 3.9%
    Volleyball £3.53m £0.4m -88.7%
    Water Polo £2.93m £4.5m 53.6%
    Weighlifting £1.36m £1.8m 32.3%
    Wrestling £1.44m - -


    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/swimming/20755022
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    Nearly 9 million euro for the 4 year cycle leading up to 2012, vs at best 2 million for the Netherlands squad. Going into Rio it will be 7.5 vs 0.06 ... Interesting enough to find out the budget for some other countries like Germany and France. Our top funded program will be sailing at 1.8 million per year so 7.2 for the entire cycle for an expensive sport as sailing is. Even less than UK Badminton . Cycling hardly get's funding worth mentioning here but swimming is second highest with 6.8 million euro for the cycle with a medal haul that iirc beat the UK's. Rowing 4th highest with 5.6 million euro ... vs:

    Top five best funded Olympic sports (UK) (*1.25 = euro)
    • Rowing - £32.6m
    • Cycling - £30.6m
    • Athletics - £26.8m
    • Sailing - £24.5m
    • Swimming - £21.4m
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    So, we have UK badminton at 9 million euro a year (now 7.5), Badminton Netherlands at close to 2 million (now 0.165) and I managed to dig up numbers for Badminton Germany: close to 2.4 million a year during the previous Olympic cycle.

    Now going to try and dig up for Denmark, France and Russia
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    Quote Originally Posted by demolidor View Post
    Badminton Germany: close to 2.4 million a year during the previous Olympic cycle.
    Correction: that figure is for the 4 year cycle, it was close to 600.000 a year.

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    Interview with Gail Emms on Talksport earlier, starts at around 17mins

    http://talksport.com/football/sports...ms-13091960740

    And here's a video of a Sam Parsons winning earlier today (Polish Open). Probably hear a lot of him in English MS over the next decade.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4O_EWQ4LyiY

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    Are soon-to-be husband-and-wifey Chris Adcock & Gabby White going to keep playin' after marriage?

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    Yes, definitely.

    Presumably Gabby will only stop when she plans to have a child. She's only 23(?) I think now so a few years at least left you would think.

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    Congratulation to Adcock and White, finally getting married.

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    Well, this came as a bit of a surprise!

    Wonder which events she's playing and who she's partnering?

    Nathan and Gail together again would be great

    Former world champion Gail Emms will take part in this year's English National Championships. Welcome back on court, Gail! @gailemms

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