Para-badminton at Tokyo Paralympics: All you need to know

Key information Dates: 1-5 September Venue: Yoyogi National Stadium, Tokyo Gold medals on offer: 14 How does it work? Para-badminton competitors are divided into six classes (two wheelchair classes and four standing classes) but for the sport’s Paralympic debut, not every class will be represented in both genders. WH1 and WH2 classes are for wheelchair users. WH1 athletes have a more severe impairment than WH2 athletes. SL3 and 4 competitors are standing athletes with lower limb impairments while SU5 competitors are standing athletes with upper limb impairment and SH6 competitors are short-stature athletes.…

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YONEX TAIPEI OPEN 2021 CANCELLED

Further to Wednesday’s announcement detailing updates to the BWF Tournament Calendar 2021, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) can confirm the YONEX Taipei Open 2021 is now cancelled. This follows unexpected COVID-19 complications regarding the staging of the tournament, leaving local organisers no choice but to cancel. The BWF regrets the sudden change of direction but remains committed to delivering a safe and structured series of badminton tournaments for the rest of the year.   Week Tournament Dates City Level 39 TotalEnergies BWF Sudirman Cup Finals 2021 26 Sep – 03…

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Mei Kuan-Meng Yean's Tokyo dream

CHOW Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean want to achieve what no Malaysian women’s doubles pair have achieved in the past — a podium finish at the Olympics. The pair who have done well to reach three semi-finals this year (two at the Asian Leg of the World Tour and at the Swiss Open) are among the eight local players who have qualified for the delayed Tokyo Games on July 23-Aug 8. After playing together for more than six years, the World No 11 believe it is high time a Malaysian women’s…

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Covid-19 restrictions put end to China tournaments this year

THERE will be no further tournaments in China for the remainder of the year due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) yesterday released a revised tournament calendar for the rest of the season, which will resume after the Tokyo Olympics on July 23-Aug 8. Vantaa, Finland, will host the Sudirman Cup on Sep 26-Oct 3, replacing Suzhou, China, who were supposed to organise it on May 23-30. There will be a one-week break before everyone shifts their focus on the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals in Aarhus, Denmark…

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Taiwan's Chou eyes Olympic badminton gold, even without a coach

It’s an unorthodox approach, but Taiwan’s Chou Tien-chen is hoping his decision to go without a coach will help him win badminton gold at the Tokyo Olympics. The world number four has flourished since parting ways with a full-time coach in 2019, with his physiotherapist Victoria Kao filling the role of mentor, cheerleader and critic. With Kao in his corner, Chou won his first Super 1000 title at the 2019 Indonesia Open, and lifted the Taipei Open trophy for a record third time. Now Chou, who reached the last eight…

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Whatever it is, a decision must be made soon

The Malaysia Open, a Super 750 event and one of badminton’s oldest tournaments, is set to be the second last event on the calendar this year to offer Olympic qualifying points. Slated for May 25-30 at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil, it is also expected to be the first international tournament to open its doors to fans since Covid-19 hit its peak last year. The deadly B.1.617 variant, which caused a “Covid tsunami”, in India has reached our shores. Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican recently said…

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Youth and Sports Ministry confident with Badminton Association of Malaysia

The Youth and Sports Ministry is confident that the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) can fulfill all Covid-19 protocol compliance aspects required to host the Malaysia Open 2021, slated to be held at the end of this month. He said organizing such an international standard tournament needed a bigger and different management protocol as it involved athletes from various countries. He said all requirements of Covid-19 protocols needed to be given attention to ensure the participation of overseas athletes in the Malaysia Open was not affected. In a separate development,…

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Not to put unnecessary pressure on Lee Zii Jia

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) will not put unnecessary pressure on Lee Zii Jia to deliver gold at the Tokyo Olympics. The 23-year-old has fired up the expectations of fans last month by unexpectedly winning the All England men’s singles title. However, BAM president Tan Sri Norza Zakaria yesterday stressed that their plan has always been for Zii Jia to deliver at the 2024 Olympics. So, Norza is playing down the talk of Malaysia gunning for gold at the Tokyo Olympics. BAM launched their “Wall of Champions” at the…

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Wong Choong Hann brought everyone down to earth

BA of Malaysia (BAM) coaching director Wong Choong Hann was quick to bring everyone down to earth, despite the national players’ recent success in Europe. According to Choong Hann, everyone needs to continue working hard and not be satisfied with one or two achievements. Earlier this month, Lee Zii Jia became the talk of the town when the 23-year-old captured the All England men’s singles title. “Honestly, I would want to see them all beef up their fitness level after what I saw in Europe. This includes the Orleans Masters.…

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Malaysian Ladies' singles needs the push

If Indra Wijaya can do it with Lee Zii Jia, he can surely do the same to help the women’s singles players. However, the Indonesian-born coach will need some time with the current batch of shuttles. Among the players under his charge are reigning Sea Games champion S. Kisona, two-time world junior champion Goh Jin Wei, Lee Ying Ying and Eoon Qi Xuan Kisona was knocked out in the first round of the All England earlier this month. As a result, the BA of Malaysia (BAM) withdrew her from the…

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