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  1. Loh

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    Borden Eagle donates $200,000 to Singapore Badminton Association
    Borden Eagle donates $200,000 to Singapore Badminton Association, Latest Others News - The New Paper (tnp.sg)
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    Borden Eagle Group director Adam Yeo (third from far left) presents a $200,000 cheque to Singapore Badminton Association president Lawrence Leow at the launch of the EagleCares Badminton Programme. PHOTO COURTESY OF SINGAPORE BADMINTON ASSOCIATION
    Money will be used to fund initiative for less-privileged children as well as SBA’s other development programmes
    Feb 09, 2021 11:20 pm

    Local company Borden Eagle Group and the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) launched an initiative to benefit less-privileged children in Singapore on Tuesday (Feb 9).

    The makers of Eagle Brand medicated oil presented SBA president Lawrence Leow with a $200,000 cheque at a ceremony commemorating the brand’s 100th anniversary at the Singapore Sports Hub’s OCBC Arena, where President Halimah Yacob was the guest of honour.

    The money will go towards funding the EagleCares Badminton Programme and supporting the SBA’s other development programmes.

    The EagleCares Badminton Programme aims to bring the sport to children who are residents in participating children’s home, such as Jamiyah Children’s Home and the Salvation Army’s Gracehaven and Haven.

    Participants, who will enjoy monthly two-hour sessions, will also receive badminton apparel and equipment. National shuttlers such as men’s world No. 39 Loh Kean Yew will be involved in the programme.

    Said Loh: “We were all kids once and we all know the importance of having a good mentor. Not just to introduce the finer points of the sport but to also be that listening ear and that pillar of support.

    “Hopefully, by our interactions with the kids, we can inspire them to be the best versions of themselves, and perhaps, even persuade a few to pursue the sport seriously.”

    Borden chief executive Christel Leong added: “Beyond our products, we also want to find other ways to give back to the community.

    “The EagleCares Badminton Programme is a great opportunity to do so. It allows us to make a meaningful impact to less-privileged children in the community.

    “In addition to badminton, the programme gives the children access to national athletes where they can hear the athletes’ stories, their highs and their lows, how the athletes persevere and work hard to excel, and be inspired.”
     
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    Finals of the Singapore Sports Hub tournament streamed on Facebook.

     
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    BWF Badminton Unlimited | Loh Kean Yew: Training Day

    We spend a day in the life of Singaporean star [​IMG] Loh Kean Yew as we join him and his national teammates for training.

     
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    Badminton: Loh Kean Yew focused on Olympic qualification despite latest postponement
    Badminton: Loh Kean Yew focused on Olympic qualification despite latest postponement, Sport News & Top Stories - The Straits Times
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    Loh Kean Yew is taking nothing for granted.PHOTO: BADMINTONPHOTO.COM
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    SINGAPORE-The Singapore Open has been delayed by two months but the Republic's top shuttler Loh Kean Yew remains focused on only one thing - qualifying for his maiden Olympics in July.

    The Badminton World Federation (BWF) announced on Friday (Feb 19) that the Singapore Open will now be held from June 1-6 instead of April after a number of World Tour events were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Rankings at the end of April should have been the cut-off to decide which players will be at the Tokyo Games, which are due to begin on July 23. However, the BWF's Race to Tokyo standings will now close on June 15, with the Singapore Open serving as the last tournament for qualification.

    The top 38 singles players in the men and women's Race to Tokyo rankings will qualify and Singaporeans Loh and Yeo Jia Min are on course to earn their tickets as they are 16th and 17th respectively.

    Despite his comfortable position, world No. 39 Loh, who won a silver medal at the 2019 SEA Games, is taking nothing for granted.

    He said: “I am excited to hear that Singapore Open is going to happen. Personally, I don’t know if I can qualify, but I am training like I qualified for it already. It’s definitely better to be over prepared than under prepared.

    “Ultimately, the Olympics are still my main focus. But I will discuss (the plan forward) with my coaches and work with them as best as I can.”

    Two other events in the region were also delayed. The March 31-April 4 Malaysia Open will now be held from May 25-30, while April's Malaysia Masters has been postponed until further notice.

    The BWF said that the Badminton Association of Malaysia and Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) made the respective decisions in postponing the tournaments in consultation and collaboration with the BWF.

    In response to queries from The Straits Times, the SBA said that it hopes to see "a good field of competitors participating" in the Singapore Open.

    It added: "In addition to being an Olympic qualification event, a safe and well-planned Singapore Open will give the athletes the confidence and assurance to want to come to Singapore. Likewise, we will factor in the safety environment and arrangement in deciding whether our athletes proceed to compete overseas."

    The Race to Tokyo is set to resume at next month's Swiss Open.
     
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    (A report on Brunei Badminton)
    Aiming for greater heights » Borneo Bulletin Online

    Aiming for greater heights
    April 8, 2021
    Fadhil Yunus

    Badminton is growing as one of the popular sports both in the country’s recreational and competitive scenes with enthusiasts at all levels frequenting courts nationwide.

    Although the history of the sport in the country can be traced back earlier than the 1990s, former national players continue to be involved in the sport as part of the coaching set-up to unearth the latest talents to lead the new generation.

    Brunei former national shuttler Ermadena bin Haji Talip represented the country from 1993 to 2007, where he tasted international exposure through regional and continental competitions. He was a member of the national badminton team that competed at the 1994 and 1998 Commonwealth Games in British Columbia, Canada and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Ermadena played in various categories including the men’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles in 1994 and the men’s singles, doubles and the team event in 1998.

    He also represented the country in the 1999 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games held on home soil in the men’s doubles event and was also part of the men’s team event.

    During the quarter-final stage, Amran Kambar pulled Brunei one game back after Singapore had taken the lead through Patrick Lau Kim Pong. The national team’s run and subsequently their hopes eventually ended with a 3-1 defeat, in what would have been a historic bronze.

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    Ermadena and his teammate Michael Nyau Mee Yinn played together in the men’s doubles event against the Vietnam pair of Nguyen Phu Cuong and Tran Duc Sang in the round of 16.

    Despite taking the first set 15-12, the national team suffered an early exit after losing the second set 15-8 and 15-7 in the deciding set.

    Two years later, Ermadena returned with the national team in the 2001 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.

    He played in the men’s doubles event with Mohd Fadzli Masri against Thailand pair Pramote Teerawiwatana and Tesana Panvisvas in the round of 16 tie.

    During his time competing overseas, defeat in the doubles’ event also came against opponents from different nationalities.

    Apart from one of the most-sought after competitions in the world of badminton, Ermadena’s international experience also took him to the Malaysia and Singapore Open where he was in fine company of top ranked athletes.

    One of Ermadena’s proudest moments in playing for the country was reaching the semi-finals of a Singapore satellite tournament alongside his partner Amran Kambar during the late 1990s.

    A common training routine with the national team during the 1990s included sparring with a foreign player from Indonesia at the Menglait Sports Complex.

    The former shuttler also shared that they were trained by a foreign coach throughout his career who was entrusted to guide the country’s shuttlers.

    During his time, Chinese coach Wu Xue Kai served as a national coach from 1994 to 2010, which made him one of the longest serving national coaches in Brunei.

    Past players from Ermadena’s time included the likes of Amran Kambar, Haji Mohammad bin Haji Juned, Zailani Yuin, Michael Nyau, Haji Fadzli, Pengiran Nur Maizi, Huzaini, Zulkifli and Sia Kok An.

    Amran, who gained a reputation as a singles player, shared the same court against Indonesian badminton legend Taufik Hidayat when they were drawn in the men’s singles quarterfinals during the 2001 SEA Games.

    Ermadena and his national teammates ushered in a new era of badminton in the country, continuing the tradition set by notable former players during the 1980s and the early 1990s such as Wahab Moksin, Suhaili Haji Sabtu, Hamdan and Asri.

    The former national athlete, who lists out the smash technique as his favourite move, also named top players that enjoyed global success during his time with the likes of Indonesian trio Ricky Subagja, Rexy Mainaky and Hendrawan.

    Now at the age of 45, Ermadena is still heavily involved in coaching the players in the hopes that they will be leading the new generation one day and indirectly spur the country’s badminton to greater heights.
     
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    yalor, and its getting harder to book a badminton court on weekend. SportSG, please build more badminton halls or work with MOE to open out more schools.
     

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