NEWS : China’s ABC bid could derail Malaysian campaign

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    New Straits Times » Sport

    Badminton: China’s ABC bid could derail Malaysian campaign

    K.M. Boopathy

    Jan 04:
    CHINA are interested in hosting the Asian Badminton championships and should they win the bid, Malaysian shuttlers could be at a disadvantage as the tournament is the last qualifying event for the Athens Olympics.
    Initially, the BA of Malaysia were in a good position to earn the hosts job but Asian Badminton Confederation (ABC) secretary Datuk Punch Gunalan confirmed that China are also serious as the tournament will give them an opportunity to finalise their Olympic squad.

    "China are interested as it will give their players a chance to fight for Olympic berths. This means BAM must make a strong bid if they want to become hosts," said Gunalan in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

    "However, a decision has not been made as discussions regarding sponsorship are still on going. The ABC championships is not just about prize money but it also includes development where we would have to provide free air tickets and accommodation for the smaller nations in the continent.

    "Since the Malaysian shuttlers will have a better opportunity to qualify for the Olympics if the tournament is held in Kuala Lumpur, BAM should look at their bid seriously."

    So far, Wong Choong Hann and doubles pair Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah are the only Malaysians who have confirmed their places in the Olympics.

    Players like Lee Chong Wei and Hafiz Hashim are still fighting to qualify for the Olympics and if the tournament is held in Malaysia, it will boost their chances.

    Malaysia can earn a maximum of three places in the Olympics if three or more players are in the top-16 of the world ranking once the qualifying period ends on April 30.

    Chong Wei, ranked 18th, and Hafiz, ranked 19th, will be involved in a keen battle with players from China, Indonesia, South Korea and Denmark to break into the top-16 and good results in the ABC championships should help their cause.

    Doubles pairs Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng and Gan Teik Chai-Koo Kien Keat are also in a desperate hunt for ranking points for a ticket to Athens and will be looking forward to the tournament to achieve their goal.

    The Chinese shuttlers are almost unbeatable at home and this is reason enough for BAM to make a strong bid to host the ABC championships in Kuala Lumpur. ABC will announce their decision next week.
     
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    i hope malaysia will win the bid :)
     
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    no way... i hope china win the bid, cuz Xie xingfang really needs more points for olympic qualification... chinese women's singles should be allowed four berths cuz their top four players (zhou mi, xie xingfang, gong ruina and zhang ning) are simply the best in the world. anyways, xie is in really good form lately, she won the chinese national champiosnhips and the copenhagen masters
     
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    China won.

    New Straits Times » Sport

    Badminton: No home advantage for Malaysian shuttlers

    K.M. Boopathy

    Jan 21:
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    THE Malaysians were banking on the Asian Championships, the final Olympic qualifying event on April 20-24, for their ticket to Athens but there will be no home ground advantage as China have been confirmed as hosts instead of Kuala Lumpur.

    The Asian Badminton Confederation (ABC) had originally offered the event to the BA of Malaysia (BAM) but they could not meet the financial requirements. It is understood that the cost of organising the tournament and total prize money is close to US$300,000 (RM1.14 million) and the BA of China (BAC) have already accepted the offer.

    ABC secretary Datuk Punch Gunalan said that they have received confirmation from the BAC via email and the details will be finalised with the sponsors after Chinese New Year. "We have received confirmation from the BAC and Kunming is likely to be the venue for the tournament," said Gunalan in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

    "The fact that we have to provide air tickets and accommodation for the competitors meant that the cost was going to be very high and after having discussions with several possible hosts, China agreed.

    "It will be a crucial tournament as the Asian shuttlers will be making a last-ditch effort to qualify for the Olympics. China’s shuttlers are almost certain of clinching the maximum three places in the men’s and women’s singles."

    Malaysia could be affected as Wong Choong Hann is the only player who has been confirmed for the Olympics while the rest are still battling for the places.

    A country is allowed to field a maximum three players or pairs in every event and Malaysia could have the maximum in the men’s singles.

    Any one of Lee Chong Wei, Lee Tsuen Seng, Hafiz Hashim or Roslin Hashim can snatch the remaining two berths but must do so in the Asian Championships.

    But the quartet will be up against the all-conquering Chinese shuttlers. At the moment China have Chen Hong, Lin Dan, Xia Xuanze, Bao Chunlai and Chen Yu in the top 10 while Choong Hann is the only Malaysian in that group at fifth position.

    BAM’s only hope is that China will rest their top players who will be involved in the Thomas Cup finals in Jakarta just two weeks after the Asian Championships.
     

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