BWF Statement on Withdrawal of Turkish and Indonesian Players

BWF Statement on Withdrawal of Turkish and Indonesian Players

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) and Badminton England can confirm one more player – Turkey’s Neslihan Yigit – has been withdrawn from the YONEX All England Open 2021. Yigit was on the same inbound flight from Turkey to UK as the Indonesian team.

Indonesian Team Withdrawn from YONEX All England Open 2021

The UK Government’s National Health Service (NHS) Test and Trace service did also communicate notice of the required self-isolation to Yigit, with BWF and Badminton England receiving confirmation early Thursday morning GMT.

Neslihan Yigit of Turkey.

Both BWF and Badminton England would like to clarify that the decision to enforce Indonesian team players and entourage, and now Yigit, to self-isolate for 10 days was made independently by the NHS Test and Trace service.

This action is in accordance with the UK Government COVID-19 protocols and requirements as per its national legislation, and separate to any guidelines set by BWF and Badminton England in the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in place for the YONEX All England Open 2021.

Subsequently, BWF and Badminton England had no other option but to follow the NHS directive and withdraw the participants from the tournament.

Read BWF Statement in Bahasa Indonesia

This is a very unfortunate circumstance and something BWF and Badminton England did not wish for the Indonesian team and Yigit from Turkey. We can confirm impassioned attempts were made by Badminton England to gain exemption for the players and Indonesian team members, and to explore alternative options to guarantee their participation. However, the UK Government’s legislation is in place to, first and foremost, protect the British public against COVID-19 and their decision was final and non-negotiable.

BWF and Badminton England are in contact with the those impacted and are committed to supporting all individuals right through their self-isolation period. We also share the frustration felt by the players, as well as the many Indonesian supporters around the world. We sympathise greatly with what has happened and apologise for the inconvenience caused to the Indonesian players and team entourage, and Yigit from Turkey. We assure you we are doing the best we can within our powers, including to continue to provide a safe environment for all participants.

Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in their first round match in Birmingham before they were asked to self-isolate.

Unfortunately, BWF and Badminton England cannot operate outside the protocols and operating procedures determined by the local government health authority in command.

While it is with regret that the Indonesian players and Yigit will not be able to compete in the current or next round of the tournament, we can confirm that the championships will continue with Day 2 action commencing 9am GMT.

Indonesian Team Withdrawn from YONEX All England Open 2021
Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in their first round match in Birmingham before they were asked to self-isolate.

Indonesian Team Withdrawn from YONEX All England Open 2021

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) and Badminton England can confirm that a number of players and team members from the Indonesian team have been contacted by the UK Government’s National Health Service (NHS) Test and Trace service and are required to self-isolate with immediate effect. In accordance with UK Government requirements, the entire team will self-isolate for 10 days from the date of their inbound flight after a person travelling onboard tested positive for COVID-19.

All Indonesian players will not be able to compete in the current or next round of the tournament and have therefore been withdrawn from the YONEX All England Open 2021.

While we regret this unfortunate consequence, BWF and Badminton England will continue to follow all protocols required by the UK Government and the local health authorities to ensure the safety of all participants.

All results to date will stand and the draw will remain unchanged. All scheduled opponents in the next round will be given a walkover.

 

Changes to HSBC BWF World Tour 2021 Tournament Calendar

Changes to HSBC BWF World Tour 2021 Tournament Calendar

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) can announce changes to the HSBC BWF World Tour 2021 tournament calendar.

  • The CELCOM AXIATA Malaysia Open 2021 (Super 750) will now occur 25-30 May.
  • The PERODUA Malaysia Masters 2021 (Super 500) has been postponed until further notice.
  • The Singapore Open 2021 (Super 500) has been moved to the new dates of 1-6 June.

Badminton Association of Malaysia and Singapore Badminton Association made the respective decisions in consultation and collaboration with the BWF.

Both cited ongoing COVID-19 complications and wished for the tournaments to be delayed.

In securing new dates for the CELCOM AXIATA Malaysia Open and Singapore Open, BWF confirms the Indonesia Masters 2021 and Indonesia Open 2021 have been postponed also.

Replacement dates for those tournaments will be announced in due course.

The Olympic Qualifying period for the Race to Tokyo will now close on 15 June 2021, with the last tournament counting for qualification being the Singapore Open 2021.

BWF is working with the IOC to update the Tokyo 2020 qualification system whereby the final updated regulation will be shared once ready following formal approval by IOC.

Preparations for upcoming HSBC BWF World Tour tournaments continue as international badminton is set to resume with the YONEX Swiss Open 2021 (2-7 March) and YONEX All England Open 2021 (17-21 March).

Click here for the revised tournament calendar

世界羽联解冻世界排名

世界羽联解冻世界排名

2020汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛总决赛之后,世界羽联世界排名重新解冻。

中国台北组合李洋/王齐麟在曼谷收获三连冠,在男双项目中,两人上升到了世界第四位,王子维在男单项目中首次进入前十名,上升四个名次来到世界第九。

马来西亚女双组合邹美君/李明艳的排名也有提升,进入世界前十名。

在男、女单打项目中,桃田贤斗和戴资颖仍然是世界第一,而马库斯·费尔南迪·吉迪恩/凯文·桑贾亚·苏卡穆约、福岛由纪/广田彩花和郑思维/黄雅琼在双打项目中仍然保持第一。

世界羽联于2020年3月31日冻结排名,以应对COVID-19疫情对羽坛赛事造成的中断情况。

男单项目 (完整排名点击此处查看)

1 桃田贤斗 (日本)
2 维克多·阿克塞尔森(丹麦)
3 安德斯·安东森 (丹麦)
4 周天成 (中国台北)
5 安东尼·西尼苏卡·金廷 (印度尼西亚)
6 谌龙 (中国)
7 乔纳坦·克里斯蒂 (印度尼西亚)
8 伍家朗 (中国香港)
9 王子维(中国台北)
10 石宇奇(中国)

女单项目 (完整排名点击此处查看)

1 戴资颖 (中国台北)
2 陈雨菲(中国)
3 卡罗莱纳·马林(西班牙)
4 奥原希望 (日本)
5 山口茜(日本)
6 拉差诺·因达农 (泰国)
7 普萨拉·辛德胡 (印度)
8 安洗莹(韩国)
9 何冰娇(中国)
10 李文珊(加拿大)

男双项目 (完整排名点击此处查看)

1 吉迪恩·苏卡穆约 (印度尼西亚)
2 阿山/塞蒂亚万(印度尼西亚)
3 李洋/王齐麟 (中国台北)
4 李俊慧/刘雨辰 (中国)
5 嘉村健士/园田启悟 (日本)
6 渡边勇大/远藤大由 (日本)
7 阿尔菲/阿迪安托安 (印度尼西亚)
8 催率圭/徐承宰 (韩国)
9 谢定峰/苏伟译 (马来西亚)
10 兰基雷迪/谢蒂(印度)

女双项目 (完整排名点击此处查看)

1 福岛由纪/广田彩花(日本)
2 陈清晨/贾一凡 (中国)
3 松本麻佑/永原和可那 (日本)
4 李绍希/申昇瓒 (韩国)
5 金昭映/孔熙容(韩国)
6 波莉/拉哈尤 (印度尼西亚)
7 杜玥/李茵晖 (中国)
8 基蒂塔拉库尔/巴宗哉(泰国)
9 张艺娜/金慧麟 (韩国)
10 邹美君/李明艳 (马来西亚)

混双项目 (完整排名点击此处查看)

1 郑思维/黄雅琼 (中国)
2 德差波/沙西丽 (泰国)
3 王懿律/黄东萍 (中国)
4 乔丹/梅拉蒂 (印度尼西亚)
5 徐承宰/蔡侑玎 (韩国)
6 渡边勇大/东野有纱(日本)
7 陈炳顺/吴柳莹 (马来西亚)
8 费萨尔/维德佳佳 (印度尼西亚)
9 埃利斯/史密斯 (英格兰)
10 吴顺发/赖洁敏(马来西亚)

 

Para Badminton Tournament Calendar for 2021

Para Badminton Tournament Calendar for 2021

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has announced the Para Badminton Tournament Calendar for 2021.

The Spanish Para Badminton International to be staged in May 2021 will serve as the last qualification tournament for the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Week Dates Tournament City
13 29 Mar–4 Apr 3rd Fazza–Dubai Para Badminton International Dubai
19 10–16 May Spanish Para Badminton International Cartagena
25 21-27 Jun Irish Para Badminton International Dublin
35 1-5 Sept Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Tokyo
TBC TBC Peru Para Badminton International Lima
43 25–31 Oct BWF Para Badminton World Championships Tokyo
46 15-21 Nov Uganda Para Badminton International Kampala
49 5-9 Dec Asian Youth Para Games Manama

BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund said the main priority was to ensure the completion of the last qualification tournament for the Tokyo Paralympic Games and to maximise participation.

“We are fully aware that the lack of international Para badminton tournament activity has been challenging for all players, and very frustrating. We thank the playing group for their patience, support and cooperation in allowing us to form this calendar.

“The debut of Para badminton at the Tokyo Paralympic Games remains a key milestone for us, and BWF is committed to ensuring an inspirational first appearance on the Paralympic sports programme.

“COVID-19 has indeed been a barrier to the growth and development of Para badminton and the ability of players to participate in international competitions.

“But we are confident that with tournaments back on the horizon, and the prospect of seeing our players back on court, we can keep building international competition pathways for athletes, grow global participation and integrate Para badminton into BWF’s existing systems and structures during the COVID-19 era.”

The BWF will publish an updated qualification timeline after consultation with the International Paralympic Committee.

BWF Unfreezes World Rankings

BWF Unfreezes World Rankings

The BWF World Rankings have been unfrozen following the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2020.

Chinese Taipei provides two of the biggest movers with three-peat champions in Bangkok, Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin, rising four places up to No.3 in men’s doubles and Wang Tzu Wei inside the Top 10 in men’s singles for the first time, up four places to No.9 in the world.

Malaysia’s women’s doubles pair Chow Mei Kuan/Lee Meng Yean also rose for place to  debut inside the world’s top 10.

Kento Momota and Tai Tzu Ying remain world No.1s in men’s and women’s singles respectively, while Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota, and Zheng Si Wei/Huang Ya Qiong still lead the way in the doubles categories.

BWF froze the rankings lists on 31 March 2020 in response to disruptions caused by COVID-19.

Men’s Singles (full rankings)

1 Kento Momota (Japan)
2 Viktor Axelsen (Denmark)
3 Anders Antonsen (Denmark)
4 Chou Tien Chen (Chinese Taipei)
5 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (Indonesia)
6 Chen Long (China)
7 Jonatan Christie (Indonesia)
8 Ng Ka Long Angus (Hong Kong China)
9 Wang Tzu Wei (Chinese Taipei)
10 Shi Yu Qi (China)

Women’s Singles (full rankings)

1 Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei)
2 Chen Yu Fei (China)
3 Carolina Marin (Spain)
4 Nozomi Okuhara (Japan)
5 Akane Yamaguchi (Japan)
6 Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand)
7 Pusarla V. Sindhu (India)
8 An Se Young (Korea)
9 He Bing Jiao (China)
10 Michelle Li (Canada)

Men’s Doubles (full rankings)

1 Gideon/Sukamuljo (Indonesia)
2 Ahsan/Setiawan (Indonesia)
3 Lee/Wang (Chinese Taipei)
4 Li/Liu (China)
5 Kamura/Sonoda (Japan)
6 Endo/Watanabe (Japan)
7 Alfian/Ardianto (Indonesia)
8 Choi/Seo (Korea)
9 Chia/Soh (Malaysia)
10 Rankireddy/Chetty (India)

Women’s Doubles (full rankings)

1 Fukushima/Hirota (Japan)
2 Chen/Jia (China)
3 Matsumoto/Nagahara (Japan)
4 Lee/Shin (Korea)
5 Kim/Kong (Korea)
6 Polii/Rahayu (Indonesia)
7 Du/Li (China)
8 Kititharakul/Prajongjai (Thailand)
9 Chang/Kim (Korea)
10 Chow/Lei (Malaysia)

Mixed Doubles (full rankings)

1 Zheng/Huang (China)
2 Puavaranukroh/Taerattanachai (Thailand)
3 Wang/Huang (China)
4 Jordan/Oktavianti (Indonesia)
5 Seo/Chae (Korea)
6 Watanabe/Higashino (Japan)
7 Chan/Goh (Malaysia)
8 Faizal/Widjaja (Indonesia)
9 Ellis/Smith (England)
10 Goh/Lai (Malaysia)

 

汇丰羽联总决赛:斯里坎特的困境

汇丰羽联总决赛:斯里坎特的困境

2017年是斯里坎特表现最好的一年,他在闯进五站巡回赛决赛,获得了4个冠军。他有一种快速获胜的能力,但即使比赛进行到第三局,他也善于强势地完成比赛。那一年,他赢了12场,输了15场比赛中的3场。

从那以后,印度人再也没有经历过这样的一年。事实上,在过去几年里,他的成绩有所下降,他的排名从2018年4月的第一下滑至现在的第14位。

斯里坎特正在反思他在2020汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛总决赛的第二次三局失利,努力思考是什么造成了如今这个局面。

“我必须想办法反思如何终结这些比赛,”他说,他指的是竞争激烈的比赛,机会转瞬即逝。最优秀的球员有一种感知和转换这些机会的方法,即使在长期平局的遭遇战中面对顽强的对手,他们的胜利也远多于失败。斯里坎特现在正试图解释到底是什么让他感到困惑。

在揭幕战中,他差点就击败了安东森,在17-16领先之后,主动权又来到了安东森手上。这原本对他来说将是一场巨大的胜利,因为自2019年3月击败乔纳坦以来,他还没有打败过排名前十的球员。

今天也一样,他觉得自己在第三局对上王子维时掌控了局面,但是王子维以21-19拿下了胜利。

是因为缺少对前10名球员的比赛吗?还是他说他在比赛后期状态不佳容易失误?

“我认为这是关于比赛训练,持续与顶级球员对抗。我们已经有一年没有打过球了,在那之前我也没有连续和前八打过比赛。昨天我觉得我就要成功了。昨天我和对手打到了16平,就差几分就能获胜。在16平之后,我们要保持稳定,你不能犯错。今天我在15平之后连续输了三分,昨天同样的事情发生了。”

他猜测,这可能是信心的问题。“是的,这是一个与顶级球员比赛的问题。我也觉得我想通了,明天我看看能不能摆脱这个困境。”

值得赞扬的是,斯里坎特的水平与他2017年的水平并没有太大的差距。快速的突击,尖锐的落点和精确的打击,能够迅速结束一局比赛,所有这些都是可见的。但他耸耸肩,对自己进行了严厉的评价:“我打得很好,但打得好真的不能给你任何东西——你必须赢得比赛。一段时间的状态好并不能说明什么,我们应该整场比赛都保持专注。”

HSBC BWF World Tour Finals Qualifiers Announced

HSBC BWF World Tour Finals Qualifiers Announced

Badminton World Federation (BWF) has confirmed the qualifiers for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals to take place 27-31 January in Bangkok, Thailand.

The top eight players and pairs for each category in the HSBC BWF Road to Bangkok Rankings have been invited.

Only a maximum of two (2) players or pairs per Member Association are permitted to participate.

**Qualifiers 1-4 in each category are seeded**

Men’s Singles

Ranking Player Country Points Tournaments Played Qualifying Position
1 Viktor Axelsen Denmark 57220 6 1
2 Anders Antonsen Denmark 40820 6 2
3 Chou Tien Chen Chinese Taipei 40520 6 3
4 Rasmus Gemke Denmark 37020 7 Not Eligible
5 Wang Tzu Wei Chinese Taipei 35240 8 4
6 Ng Ka Long Angus Hong Kong China 35020 6 5
7 Kidambi Srikanth India 31360 9 6
8 Lee Zii Jia Malaysia 29390 6 7
9 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting Indonesia 27620 5 8

 

Women’s Singles

Ranking Player Country Points Tournaments Played Qualifying Position
1 Carolina Marin Spain 73820 9 1
2 Tai Tzu Ying Chinese Taipei 40200 4 2
3 Ratchanok Intanon Thailand 38250 6 3
4 An Se Young Korea 37140 7 4
5 Pornpawee Chochuwong Thailand 33860 8 5
6 Michelle Li Canada 28940 5 6
7 Nozomi Okuhara Japan 28040 4 Not Eligible
8 Busanan Ongbamrungphan Thailand 27870 7 Not Eligible
9 Evgeniya Kosetskaya Russia 26750 9 7
10 Pusarla V. Sindhu India 24840 5 8

 

Men’s Doubles

Ranking Pair Country Points Tournaments Played Qualifying Position
1 Lee/Wang Chinese Taipei 51180 7 1
2 Chia/Soh Malaysia 36390 7 2
3 Ahsan/Setiawan Indonesia 35820 5 3
4 Ong/Teo Malaysia 35080 6 4
5 Ivanov/Sozonov Russia 33710 8 5
6 Ellis/Langridge England 33270 6 6
7 Lane/Vendy England 32040 8 7
8 Choi/Seo Korea 29640 7 8

 

Women’s Doubles

Ranking Pair Country Points Tournaments Played Qualifying Position
1 Polii/Rahayu Indonesia 46020 6 1
2 Kim/Kong Korea 43360 6 2
3 Lee/Shin Korea 40930 6 3
4 Chang/Kim Korea 37130 7 Not Eligible
5 Birch/Smith England 34170 8 4
6 Kititharakul/Prajongjai Thailand 33690 7 5
7 Fukushima/Hirota Japan 30200 4 Not Eligible
8 Efler/Herttrich Germany 29980 9 6
9 Chow/Lee Malaysia 29340 7 7
10 Hoo/Yap Malaysia 26160 7 8

 

Mixed Doubles

Ranking Pair Country Points Tournaments Played Qualifying Position
1 Ellis/Smith England 46100 8 1
2 Lamsfuss/Herttrich Germany 42040 9 2
3 Puavaranukroh/Taerattanachai Thailand 41400 5 3
4 Gicquel/Delrue France 38870 7 4
5 Jordan/Oktavianti Indonesia 32460 5 5
6 Seo/Chae Korea 31440 5 6
7 Faizal/Widjaja Indonesia 30790 6 7
8 Goh/Lai Malaysia 29990 7 8

 

It was mandatory for players to enter both the YONEX Thailand Open and TOYOTA Thailand Open in order to be eligible to qualify for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals.

The HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in Bangkok concludes the 2020 World Tour season. The qualifying tournaments were:

  • ECOGREEN Syed Modi International Badminton Championships 2019
  • PERODUA Malaysia Masters 2020
  • DAIHATSU Indonesia Masters 2020
  • Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters 2020
  • Barcelona Spain Masters 2020
  • YONEX All England Open 2020
  • DANISA Denmark Open 2020
  • YONEX Thailand Open 2021
  • TOYOTA Thailand Open 2021

The draw for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals is scheduled for 10am Bangkok time on Tuesday 26 January 2021. It will be LIVE STREAMED on BWF Facebook and YouTube channels.

If you haven’t already, please register for the BWF Digital Media Hub to access content for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals, including the draw.

BWF Statement on Kidambi Srikanth

BWF Statement on Kidambi Srikanth

Badminton World Federation (BWF) can provide an explanation on the incident involving India player Kidambi Srikanth at the YONEX Thailand Open, part of the Asian Leg of the HSBC BWF World Tour.

On Tuesday, the player indicated he suffered a nose bleed following a mandatory PCR test. A doctor from COVID-19 testing team located at the hotel attended to Kidambi shortly after.

Badminton Association of Thailand (BAT) issued this statement:

The athlete had been swabbed three times earlier with the most recent one possibly causing irritation and fragility of the capillaries.

Therefore, when the swab was repeated on Tuesday, and factoring in the athlete’s tense nature, the position of the stick in the nasal passage was misaligned, which caused the slight bleeding noticed from the tip of the swab.

The COVID-19 staff member did not notice any bleeding from the athlete’s nose and there was no complaint from Kidambi at that point.

After about three to five minutes, another athlete from the India team reported that Kidambi had a nosebleed.

It is not known whether the athlete had blown his nose or stuck tissue up his nostrils which could have caused more blood vessels to rupture.

Badminton Association of Thailand, Thonburi Healthcare Group and the Ministry of Public Health have a strict COVID-19 prevention policy to do the nasal passage swab as often as every three to four days for early detection to reassure the athletes and their entourage to stay COVID-19 free throughout the tournament.

BWF continues to work with BAT and the Thai health authorities to ensure the safest and most comfortable conditions for all players and participants.

Third Round of Testing Returns One Positive Test

Third Round of Testing Returns One Positive Test

BWF can confirm four players tested positive for COVID-19 in Bangkok, Thailand today after the third round of mandatory testing was conducted on Monday 11 January, 2021.

BWF was informed this morning hours before the start of the YONEX Thailand Open – the first tournament of the Asian Leg of HSBC BWF World Tour.

The four players included two from India, one from Germany, and one from Egypt.

Upon retesting the same specimens, one player from India, and both players from Germany and Egypt were found to be negative.

These three players will be tested again today.

One Indian player remains positive and is in isolation for a minimum of 10 days at the hospital. That person will be tested again today also. The match involving this player was declared a walkover.

Today’s match featuring the roommate of this player has also been declared a walkover. That player is in self-quarantine and also subject to another test today.

BWF and Badminton Association of Thailand will continue to follow all protocols outlined by the local health authorities to ensure the safety of all other participants.

The entire Indian team has been categorised high risk by Thai health authorities and all players and team entourage are currently self-quarantining in their rooms at the hotel and will be subject to a PCR test today.

Each individual is subject to daily testing until further notice from the Department of Disease Control, but players can continue to play upon producing a negative result.

India players scheduled to play today will be allowed to come to the venue. No coaches, managers or other personnel from Team India are allowed.

More information to follow.

Confirmed Walkover Matches

(MAS) Selvaduray Kisona vs Saina Nehwal (IND)

(IND) Kashyap Parupalli vs Jason Anthony Ho-Shue (CAN)

Thomas Lund: ‘Happy to See Positive Sentiment’
Practice commenced on 6 January after all 216 players tested negative for COVID-19.

Thomas Lund: ‘Happy to See Positive Sentiment’

BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund, in an address to fans and media, answered a series of questions on a range of topics in relation to the staging of the three-tournament Asian Leg of the HSBC BWF World Tour in Bangkok, which kicks off next week with the YONEX Thailand Open.

There have been many positives and challenges expressed by teams and players in terms of the set-up of the Asian Leg in Bangkok. Can you share some of the feedback you have heard?

Thomas Lund: There has been a lot of positive feedback from the players who have arrived in Bangkok that we are starting to play badminton again. There has been a lot of preparation from many stakeholders to make this happen and I’m happy to see positive sentiment. It’s a different environment we find ourselves in and we have done everything we can to accommodate the players and their needs, while keeping safety requirements high. It will be a positive experience as we head into the Asian Leg.

On Wednesday (6 January 2021), it was confirmed that all 824 participants in the quarantine bubble, including 216 players, had tested negative upon arrival into Bangkok. Is that a strong indication that the extensive planning and protocols have worked?

TL: It is a huge positive for us. Everyone was instructed before departure to be diligent and go through all necessary testing procedures. We have a badminton bubble that is COVID-19 clear and it’s important everybody continues to comply with protocols for us to be able to stage three world-class badminton tournaments.

Please detail the fantastic work of Badminton Association of Thailand (BAT), the Royal Thai Government and the Department of Disease Control for making the Asian Leg possible and ensuring all three tournaments are staged safely.

TL: The preparations have been unique and like nothing we have ever done before. I would like to thank the Badminton Association of Thailand, the Royal Thai Government and the Department of Disease Control for all their hard work in making this happen. We worked through many dilemmas and scenarios for the past few months. I would also like to extend my thanks to stakeholders and all partners involved.

Extra sanitisation measures have been put in place for the three tournaments in Bangkok, Thailand.

Are the growing number of cases in Bangkok a concern?

TL: Things seem to change on a weekly basis and it’s always a concern when things develop in a negative way. We have full trust in the Thai Government that they have full control of the situation. Safety protocols are in place and there are no big concerns for the players. We need to monitor the situation, but are confident of a great tournament.

What happens if a player is found to be positive for COVID-19 during the Asian Leg?

TL: If a positive case is found, the player will be isolated and contract tracing will take place. Any player who has been in contact will also need to isolate. As in other sports, this is something we are all getting used to. We are confident we will be able to take care of the player and keep the rest of the players safe during these special times.

China and Japan withdrew from the Asian Leg; what’s your expectation for the level of competition we will see throughout the month?

TL: We will have a great tournament though it was unfortunate that China and Japan had to withdraw, as well as the world’s top men’s doubles pair from Indonesia. We would love to have all the players; we will miss those who withdrew. But we have a great and immensely high level of players in Bangkok.

Social distancing measures are in place in the hotel where the players are staying.

Do you see the Asian Leg setting the standard or being a blueprint for other tournament hosts to follow throughout the year?

TL: There are a lot of learnings we can use from these tournaments. Each country, however, is different. There will be different minimum standards and different health authorities that will have different requirements to follow. We will take away from this all the possible learnings for our next tournament cluster so the set-up can cope with the impact of COVID-19.

The completion of the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals brings the 2020 season to a close, what can badminton fans expect in 2021?

TL: We recently released a tournament calendar for the first half of 2021. We are planning to keep tournaments together in a different way. There are clusters planned in Indonesia and we hope to make it more accessible for players to be able to travel more easily to such tournaments. We have learnt a lot in the last six months on staging competitions. We hope to see COVID-19 disappear as vaccines come in.

All Asian Leg Participants Test Negative
Michelle Li

All Asian Leg Participants Test Negative

The Asian Leg in Bangkok, due to start next week with the YONEX Thailand Open, received a boost with all 824 participants in the Green Zone quarantine bubble testing negative for COVID-19.

The Green Zone consists of players and their entourage and all stakeholders who come into direct contact with them, such as umpires, line judges, personnel from BWF, Badminton Association of Thailand, medical staff, and TV production crew.

All international Green Zone participants were required to submit a negative in their own country before departure to Bangkok and were then tested again in Bangkok upon entry into hotel quarantine.

Local players, staff and personnel based in Thailand were also tested and quarantined as part of the Green Zone bubble. Players are now cleared for training under strict safety protocols. The quarantine measures will be in place throughout the mandatory 14-day observation period including during the staging of the YONEX Thailand Open.

More routine COVID-19 tests will follow with strict safety protocols to remain in place until the end of the Asian Leg, which concludes with the completion of the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals on 31 January 2021.

Yonex Named as Official Equipment Supplier of HSBC BWF World Tour Finals
President of YONEX, Kusaki Hayashida (left) with Kento Momota (centre) and Arisa Higashino at YONEX sponsorship announcement in Tokyo.

Yonex Named as Official Equipment Supplier of HSBC BWF World Tour Finals

Badminton World Federation (BWF) can announce YONEX as the official equipment supplier for the season-ending HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in Bangkok, Thailand from 27-31 January 2021.

The agreement will see YONEX supply badminton equipment for players, technical officials and the Field of Play.

BWF Secretary General, Thomas Lund, said: “YONEX has been an innovator in the development of badminton equipment and continues to blaze the trail in revolution and technology.

“We are thrilled to have YONEX on board for badminton’s much anticipated return, in particular the staging of our signature event of the season, the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals.”

President of YONEX, Kusaki Hayashida, added: “YONEX looks forward to working with BWF, all athletes and officials so that the wonderfulness and enjoyment of badminton can be experienced again by badminton fans around the world.”

YONEX is also the long-standing official equipment partner of BWF Major Championships.

HSBC BWF World Tour in Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok’s HSBC BWF World Tour badminton extravaganza commences on 12 January 2021 with the YONEX Thailand Open, followed by the TOYOTA Thailand Open on 19 January 2021 – both Super 1000 tournaments – and culminates with the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals from 27-31 January 2021.

The list of athletes qualified for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals will be confirmed at the conclusion of the TOYOTA Thailand Open.

The top eight players and pairs for each category in the HSBC BWF Road to Bangkok Rankings will be invited to compete, where only a maximum of 2 players or pairs per Member Association are eligible to participate in the World Tour Finals.

It is mandatory to enter both the YONEX Thailand Open and TOYOTA Thailand Open in order to be eligible to qualify for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals.

The qualifying tournaments are as follows:

  • ECOGREEN Syed Modi International Badminton Championships 2019
  • PERODUA Malaysia Masters 2020
  • DAIHATSU Indonesia Masters 2020
  • Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters 2020
  • Barcelona Spain Masters 2020
  • YONEX All England Open 2020
  • DANISA Denmark Open 2020
  • YONEX Thailand Open 2021
  • TOYOTA Thailand Open 2021

 

Another Feather in Joshi’s 2020 Cap

Another Feather in Joshi’s 2020 Cap

The year keeps getting better on the personal front for Para shuttler Manasi Joshi.

While 2020 has been a setback for many athletes, Joshi has had one after another individual accolade head her way.

The latest feather in the Standing Lower (SL3) world champion’s cap is recognition by British public service broadcaster BBC, which has included Joshi in its 100 Women of 2020 list.

The annual list, which honours the most inspiring and influential women from around the world, this year fetes those who are leading change and making a difference during these pandemic-hit 12 months.

BBC in its write-up, rightly highlights that Joshi “aspires to drive a shift in how disability and Para-sports are perceived” in her native India.

“Don’t let the tough times get the better of you, keep exploring every possibility. Give yourself some time off every day,” was Joshi’s message to women published on BBC’s website.

Prior to this, the 31-year-old became the first Para athlete to be named a Next Generation Leader by the TIME magazine and also had a Barbie Doll modelled after her.

Joshi, who lost her left leg in a traffic accident, is now working towards qualifying to Tokyo 2020 next year, when badminton will make its Paralympic Games bow.

汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛亚洲赛季按原计划举办

汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛亚洲赛季按原计划举办

今天,世界羽联与泰国羽毛球协会举行了签约仪式,标志着汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛超级 1000巡回赛和汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛总决赛将按照原计划于2021年1月在泰国曼谷举行。

此次活动由世界羽联副主席兼泰国羽毛球协会主席Leeswadtrakul主持,世界羽联主席保罗·埃里克·霍耶和世界羽联秘书长托马斯·伦德出席线上会议。泰国副总理兼卫生部长Anutin Charnvirakul和旅游体育部长Phipat Ratchakitprakarn也出席了此次活动。

赛程安排:

尤尼克斯泰国公开赛(超级1000):2021年1月12日 – 17日

丰田泰国公开赛(超级1000):2021年1月19日-24日

汇丰2020世界巡回赛总决赛:2021年1月27日-31日

亚洲赛季是继本月初丹麦羽毛球公开赛成功举办之后的又一举措,它确保了羽毛球巡回赛事的重要性,并保护了国际羽毛球运动员的生计。

世界羽联主席保罗·埃里克·霍耶说:“亚洲赛季为我们提供了一个重要机会重启羽毛球巡回赛,重新见到我们的球员们。“

“泰国在组织大型羽毛球赛事方面有着悠久的历史,我们相信我们的东道主会在2021年1月带来一个精彩的羽毛球月。我们有机会一起让羽毛球在国际体育史上再次闪耀。”

旅游体育部长Phipat Ratchakitprakarn在他的讲话中说:“这三场羽毛球比赛被认为是恢复国家旅游经济的一个伟大机会。这也展示了泰国主办世界级体育赛事的潜力。巡回赛的举办符合旅游和体育部的愿景,以发展和整合旅游和体育。此外,这三站巡回赛也可以成为泰国新常态下其他体育比赛的标准。”

Leeswadtrakul补充说,能主办亚洲赛事是泰国羽毛球协会的荣幸,并感谢泰国政府、所有相关者和主要合作伙伴汇丰银行、尤尼克斯和丰田为这一赛事的举办做出的贡献。

“我们对在泰国举办这些具有重大意义的羽毛球比赛给予了极大的支持,并将严格控制监测每个人的安全和健康。”

“这些比赛将会让国人为泰国感到骄傲,因为这是第一次在一个月内在一个国家举行三场这样的比赛。同时,预计还将刺激自COVID-19疫情以来一直停滞不前的经济。”

汇丰泰国区首席执行官开尔文·陈表示,汇丰期待2020赛季汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛能有一个完美的结局。

“我们很高兴看到国际羽毛球赛事回归亚洲,这项运动对我们和亚洲地区的客户都意义重大。我们也要感谢世界羽联和主办方,感谢他们使这些体育赛事能够在球迷和球员的健康和安全的前提下继续进行。我们期待着在2021年1月迎来一个激动人心的羽毛球月。”

关于亚洲赛季的后勤、健康和安全措施的进一步细节将在之后公布。

TUC 2020 Postponed; Denmark Open to Proceed

TUC 2020 Postponed; Denmark Open to Proceed

The Badminton World Federation (BWF), in full consultation and agreement with local host Badminton Denmark, has made the tough decision to postpone the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2020 in Aarhus, Denmark.

The decision comes following the withdrawal of a number of participating teams from the TOTAL BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals and the European leg of the adjusted HSBC BWF World Tour.

BWF, in collaboration with Badminton Denmark, has for many months been preparing for a safe return to international badminton. This includes going to extreme lengths to preserve the health and safety of all participants such as implementing a bubble system to create a safe badminton ecosystem.

However, in view of the recent COVID-19 related developments around the world, a number of teams and individual players have elected not to travel to Denmark for tournaments in Aarhus and Odense; a choice the BWF has to respect and acknowledge.

These are exceptional circumstances we find ourselves in and while a return to international badminton remains a priority for the BWF, the health and safety of the entire badminton community is of utmost importance.

Therefore, after lengthy discussions with key stakeholders, commercial partners and participating Member Associations, it has been realised that we are not in a position to deliver the level of competition reasonably expected by fans and all stakeholders, and as a result have decided that we will not stage this year’s TOTAL BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals on the dates 3-11 October 2020.

BWF is looking into possible alternative dates to reschedule the World Men’s and Women’s Team Championships, but on dates not before into 2021.

Meanwhile, the DANISA Denmark Open 2020 in Odense, a HSBC BWF World Tour Event, will proceed as originally planned in the BWF Tournament Calendar (13-18 October). The event will also be used as an opportunity to implement relevant COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Operating Procedures for the planned restart of international badminton tournaments.

The second tournament scheduled for Odense – the VICTOR Denmark Masters 2020 – slated for 20-25 October has been cancelled as it is no longer feasible to conduct this additional event.

A study into the continued feasibility of the planned Asian leg of the adjusted HSBC BWF World Tour (three HSBC BWF World Tour tournaments hosted in an Asian location) is being conducted and BWF will make further announcements as soon as details are clarified.

Herbert Scheele’s Thomas Cup Story

Herbert Scheele’s Thomas Cup Story

Herbert Scheele was the Honorary Secretary of the International Badminton Federation (now Badminton World Federation) from 1938-1976. In the May 1979 edition of the World Badminton magazine, he revealed how the Thomas Cup came to being. Here’s his story.

As the contest for the Thomas Cup is now exactly 30 years old, its origin may be rather vague to the majority of followers of the game, notably as the conception of the great triennial competition occurred nearly 40 years ago.

It was at a committee meeting on 11 March, 1939, held during the All-England Championships at the Royal Horticultural Hall, London, that the President of the International Badminton Federation, Sir George Thomas stated under “any other business” that he thought the time was then ripe for instituting some sort of international team competition, and that if this was agreed he would be happy to present a suitable trophy.

Then, as now, the All-England Championships was regarded as the principal annual tournament throughout the world, and Sir George’s idea was no doubt stimulated by a Dane and a Malayan each having then reached the semifinal round of the tournament which until only a year beforehand had been almost restricted to English players.

That year an Irish pair won the men’s doubles, and the ladies’ singles went to a Canadian. Players of neither country have, as it happens, yet repeated those successes, but Danes have captured the men’s singles and ladies’ doubles as they did for the first time in that last pre-war meeting.

The committee of the IBF upheld Sir George’s view and recommended to that year’s Annual General Meeting on 5 July that his offer be accepted.

It also appointed a small sub-committee to investigate suitable regulations to apply to the competition, and I was one of the three individuals who met one evening to draft the necessary conditions, which were later approved by the main committee and promptly circulated to the small number of only 15 national organisations then belonging to the Federation for their views.

The Annual Meeting accepted Sir George’s offer and he at once ordered the manufacture of the beautiful trophy which was formally presented to the small gathering which formed the annual meeting of 1940 during the first year of the war.

But then, because of the war and its immediate aftermath, the huge silver-gilt cup spent the next 80 years in some bank vaults.

BWF World Championships 2021 Rescheduled

BWF World Championships 2021 Rescheduled

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) and Spanish Badminton Federation (FESBA) can confirm the BWF World Championships traditionally scheduled for August 2021 will now take place at the end of 2021 from Monday 29 November to Sunday 5 December.

The move will allow the BWF World Championships in Huelva, Spain to shine brightly in what will be a condensed sports calendar.

BWF and FESBA had already opened discussions with tournament hosts to stage the championships later in the year to ensure ultimate success of the event for players, their entourage and fans.

The decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to 23 July to 8 August and 24 August until 5 September 2021 only confirmed this move.

The new schedule will allow players to have a clear focus for 2021 in which they will have dual objectives of both the Olympic Games and World Championships.

The BWF World Championships 2021 will be played in Carolina Marin’s home town of Huelva.

BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer said changing the BWF World Championships to late November was in the best interests of the sport.

“BWF and Spanish Badminton Federation are confident that the rescheduled championships will be a success. The move allows both the Olympic badminton competition and the World Championships to be conducted with equal fairness for everyone,” Høyer said.

FESBA President David Cabello added: ”We hope the World Championships in Huelva will be a special occasion for badminton in Spain and the world.

”We are satisfied that moving the championships to the end of the year will allow us to deliver the best tournament possible.”

The remainder of the 2021 BWF Tournament Calendar is yet to be finalised.

The World Championships will take place in the Carolina Marin Stadium, the arena named after the three-time world champion in her native city of Huelva.

A further announcement will be made on the qualifying process for next year’s Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and World Championships.

Stars Who Shone; Those Who Didn’t
Shi Yuqi performed impressively for China.

Stars Who Shone; Those Who Didn’t

The recently-concluded TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2019 was a roller-coaster ride for reputations. Several stars, expected to take their teams to glory, fizzled out during the week. There were also a few others who rose to the occasion when the situation demanded it. Here we look at the prominent names:

Those Who Sizzled

Shi Yuqi

Continued to build on his reputation as a big-match player. The manner in which he handed a pasting to Kento Momota in the final was stunning to watch – a near-replica of the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in December. Won his three matches with ease – over Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia in Group 1D and Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen in the semi-finals.

Li Junhui (left) and Liu Yuchen – stable under pressure.

Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen

Were unshakeable despite being in trouble in their opening match against Malaysia’s Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik. Recovered from match point down to beat the Malaysians, and then destroyed their three following challengers – Denmark’s Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen; Thailand’s Tinn Isriyanet/Kittinupong Kedren, and Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo/Yuta Watanabe. The Japanese were expected to stretch Li/Liu in the final, but after first game trouble, the world champions crushed their rivals to hand the advantage in the final to China.

An Se Young played outstanding badminton to beat Tai Tzu Ying.

An Se Young

The 17-year-old came into the Sudirman Cup as a potential star, having won the New Zealand Open, and returned with reputation enhanced. With her sensational upset of No.1 Tai Tzu Ying, which helped Korea top Group 1C, and close loss to Ratchanok Intanon, An did enough to suggest she could be the face of the future of women’s singles badminton.

Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (right) and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo didn’t disappoint for Indonesia.

Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo

The ‘Minions’ went into the Sudirman Cup in unconvincing form, but admirably led Indonesia into the semifinals. Won their three matches in straight games, including the semifinal over Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda, on which Indonesia were unable to capitalise.

Michelle Li powered Canada’s finish on top of Group 2.

Michelle Li

Despite struggling with injury, Canada’s singles spearhead guided her team to the top of Group 2. Prevailed in a contentious Group 2B match against Germany’s Yvonne Li that set Canada on to victory over difficult opponents, and in the Group 2 final against France, easily beat Yaelle Hoyaux to come away with three wins out of three.

Nhat Nguyen was a standout for Ireland.

Nhat Nguyen

The 18-year-old had a busy week for Ireland, playing two categories and winning all but one of his eight matches. Nguyen nearly led his team to Group 3 victory, but, having won his singles, surprisingly lost his men’s doubles (with Sam Magee) to Sachin Dias and Buwaneka Goonethilleka. Ireland had to be content with second place in Group 3 (overall 22nd), but Nguyen would have returned pleased with his contribution.

…and Those Who Fizzled

Tai Tzu Ying

Nothing went Tai Tzu Ying’s way against An Se Young.

The world No.1 hasn’t had the best of seasons, but was expected to lead Chinese Taipei to a possible semifinal, their first in history. However, Tai was woefully off-colour, struggling against Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi and losing to An Se Young, before making it past an equally disappointing Gregoria Mariska Tunjung. Despite her win, Chinese Taipei fell 2-3 to Indonesia.

Anthony Ginting was unable to turn on his ‘A’ game.

Anthony Ginting

Indonesia sported big names in singles, which was expected to buttress their doubles strength and give them a shot at the title. But it all went wrong in the singles, with Anthony Ginting losing two of his three matches, and neither Jonatan Christie or Gregoria Mariska Tunjung able to step up. Ginting was unable to inspire himself to his normal level in losses to Viktor Axelsen (Denmark beat Indonesia 3-2) and against Kento Momota in the semifinals.

Saina Nehwal (right) couldn’t offer any resistance to Chen Yufei.

Saina Nehwal

India were reckoned to have a strong team capable of going far in the tournament, but the Indians turned out to be underwhelming. Kidambi Srikanth didn’t take the court citing fitness concerns, and Sameer Verma took his place. Saina Nehwal, not fully fit, played one match – against China’s Chen Yufei – and she was routed in 33 minutes, which more or less summed up India’s campaign.

Endo/Watanabe: Cruise Mode as Tokyo Looms Ahead
Few pairs can match the abilities of the Japanese in defence.

Endo/Watanabe: Cruise Mode as Tokyo Looms Ahead

Returning to the scene of their biggest title win – the YONEX All England – and winning it after a year of not playing any international event, Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe showed that no rust had crept in to dull the fine edge of their weapons. With just over three months to go for Tokyo 2020, the Japanese men’s doubles pair will be frontline contenders for gold.

Their path to the title in Birmingham this March was smooth, winning their first four matches in straight games. And even though Endo/Watanabe dropped a game in the final against compatriots Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda, they decimated their opponents in the final game, achieving the first title defence by a non-Indonesian men’s doubles pair since 1988.

“We won the final last year, but we haven’t been able to play since then so we didn’t feel like we had a better chance than our opponents,” said Endo, who revealed that the title was a birthday gift for his son. “So we went into the match as challengers and took it point by point. We didn’t feel we had an advantage.” 

What make this pair so hard to beat? No less a pair than Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo have run aground six times in eight matches against the Japanese – all losses coming in the last six matches. The most peculiar of these was a 21-3 hiding that the Indonesians got in the final of the Badminton Asia Championships 2019.

The Japanese pair’s assets are their extraordinary defence that can frustrate the most tenacious of opponents; the rotational flexibility of Endo and Watanabe, who can switch roles and positions on court; Watanabe’s unique angles as a wristy left-hander, and Endo’s unflappable presence.

After their semifinal loss in the semifinals of the All England, Denmark’s Jeppe Bay and Lasse MØlhede commented on how difficult it was to break through the Japanese defence.

“We knew in this game there would be a lot of long rallies, they have a very strong defence so every time we came forward they just pushed us back again,” said MØlhede.

Endo’s second All England title in two years was testament to how far the 34-year-old has come with his younger partner, for previously he couldn’t break the title jinx in three finals with his then-partner Kenichi Hayakawa.

Endo and Watanabe will next be seen in action at the YONEX-SUNRISE India Open (11 to 16 May 2021), and it will be interesting to see how well the others hold up against the wonderful skills of the Japanese.

Humans of Shuttle Time: Nargis Nabieva
Nargis Nabieva, Shuttle Time National Coordinator of Tajikistan.

Humans of Shuttle Time: Nargis Nabieva

This is the 14th story in our Humans of Shuttle Time series, in which we present the perspectives of those who work on badminton development at the grassroots level. Nargis Nabieva, Shuttle Time National Coordinator of Tajikistan, recounts her experiences in badminton.

Childhood Days

I’ve been in sports from my early childhood.

I got acquainted with badminton for the first time in March 2010, when the idea of creating a national badminton federation in Tajikistan came about, and for the first time I saw badminton at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010.

Memorable Experience

I was amazed by the dynamism, beauty and entertainment value of the game.

I liked it so much that after returning from Singapore, as a member of the Badminton Federation of Tajikistan, I began to work on the development of the sport in the country. We started to create badminton groups in sports schools and badminton clubs in secondary schools.

Most of all I remember the happiness of children when we presented them with sportswear and badminton equipment – their joy knew no bounds. I admire the dedication of the coaches who can teach children all day long this wonderful game.

What Badminton Means

Badminton now for me is an opportunity to help children become goal-oriented and confident in their future. That would be my contribution to the development of my country.

This game is not only harmonious and beautiful, but also safe, and helps develop coordination, speed and decision-making.

Strategy for Growth

When the Federation was created in 2010, we adopted a development strategy where priority was given to distant districts, and then to the capital and regional centres. According to our analysis, most sports federations focussed their activities in the capital and regional centres, while distant regions were deprived of this attention. Our approach paid off and during the first five years badminton became one of the most popular sports in the country.

Impact of Shuttle Time

The Badminton Asia delegation first arrived in Tajikistan in 2015. That year, for the first time, training was organised under the Shuttle Time programme. The training was so effective and enjoyable that over 100 coaches and PE teachers took part. Since then, more than 40 sessions have been organised within the framework of Shuttle Time.

Shuttle Time gives everyone the opportunity to learn badminton in a short time and helps to create a good coaching base for teaching children.

Other Stories in This Series

Humans of Shuttle Time: Hannes Andersson

Humans of Shuttle Time: Merlie Tolentino

Humans of Shuttle Time: Nikhil Chandra Dhar

Humans of Shuttle Time: Geoffrey Shigoli 

Humans of Shuttle Time: Erik Betancourt Luna

Humans of Shuttle Time: Richard Ssali Kaggwa

Humans of Shuttle Time: Azizbek Madjitov

Humans of Shuttle Time: Elie Jean

Humans of Shuttle Time: Danielle Whiteside

Humans of Shuttle Time: Oscar Alejandro Vera Suarez

Humans of Shuttle Time: Sandra Low

Humans of Shuttle Time: Dorji

Humans of Shuttle Time: Genevieve Cutter

阮日:从疫情中归来

阮日:从疫情中归来

今年一月,阮日和他的家人感染了新冠病毒,他以这种被动的形式发现了新冠病毒对运动员身体的危害。

这位二十岁的越南籍爱尔兰球员在今年的比赛中表现出色,但他始终认为自己的身体还没有完全康复。

“自从我感染了新冠病毒后,我在训练时就觉得身体有些跟不上。”他和爱尔兰当地的媒体说道。

“我很快就会感到疲惫,而且我的精神也难以集中。我已经做了无数次血液检测,我还在预约医生我想再做多几次。”

“我的身体状况有些异常,但我不知道是什么原因。我经常会觉得累,不过现在慢慢有些好转了,这是个不错的信号。”

身体不在最佳状态意味着阮日必须调整他的打法。

Nguyen wears a look of disbelief after stunning Kidambi.

“我的打法是用速度去主导比赛,但现在我不得不去节省我的体力,打得更聪明些。如果我不能在比赛中打出我的速度优势,那么在多拍中我就难以获胜。”阮日补充道,他在十五岁时就成为了爱尔兰公开赛最年轻的冠军。

“能够切换打法是我的特点之一,如果2021年全英公开赛上我的身体状况好一些,我可能会取得更好的成绩。”

上个月在伯明翰,阮日在第一轮就击败了十三号种子斯里坎特,遗憾的是在第二轮中他输给了荷兰球员卡尔乔

阮日仍然在为2020年东京奥运会的参赛资格奋斗,他目前在直通东京奥运会的积分榜上位居第二十五名。

阮日在六岁的时候和家人移民到了爱尔兰,他将在4月27日至5月2日的欧洲锦标赛上亮相。

“我想让我的身体恢复到最佳状态,我确定我的比赛感觉不错,但是我需要更好的身体去应付高强度的比赛。”这位U17欧青赛冠军说道。

“我期待在欧洲赛场上取得更好的成绩。”

COVID Turns Nguyen Match-Savvy

COVID Turns Nguyen Match-Savvy

Nhat Nguyen has found out the hard way what COVID-19 can do to an athlete after contracting the coronavirus along with his whole family in January.

The 20-year-old Irishman of Vietnamese origin has shown some impressive performances this year but insists he is yet to approach full fitness as a result of his illness.

“I’m still struggling a little bit. I haven’t been myself since I returned to training after I had Covid-19,” he told Irish media recently.

“I’m getting tired quickly and my energy levels aren’t there. I’ve had countless blood tests and appointments with doctors and I have a couple more to check my blood.

“They are not at normal levels, but I don’t know what’s wrong. It’s something that makes me feel a lot more tired. But I’m getting better slowly so that’s a good sign.”

Not being in peak condition means Nguyen has had to adjust the way he plays.

Nguyen wears a look of disbelief after stunning Kidambi.

“I relied a lot on speed and endurance to dictate play. But now I have to be more energy efficient and smarter. I can’t be going out too fast. I actually play longer rallies but I was only going at 50 or 60 per cent,” added Nguyen, who at 15 became the youngest Irish Open winner.

“Being able to change the way I play is one of the good things about my style. If I was in better shape (at the YONEX All England Open 2021), I could have done even better.”

In Birmingham last month, Nguyen stunned 13th seed Kidambi Srikanth in the opening round before losing to Dutchman Mark Caljouw in the following match.

Nguyen remains on course for a spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – he currently sits comfortably 25th on the Race to Tokyo standings.

The Dubliner, who migrated to his adopted nation as a six-year-old with parents Lai and Thuy and older sister Thammy, will feature at the European Championships at the end of this month (27 April-May 2) in Kiev.

“I want to get myself back into (physical) shape again. I definitely feel my game is there but I need to be better physically,” said the former Under-17 European champion.

“I’ll be looking for better results at the Europeans.”

Ellatif, a Woman on a Mission

Ellatif, a Woman on a Mission

Not only did Shaimaa Samy Ab D Ellatif leave the Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum 3rd Dubai Para Badminton International 2021 with a bronze medal, she also returned home to Egypt with a burning desire.

Ellatif, her nation’s sole representative in the UAE two weeks ago, did well to medal – in the Wheelchair (WH1-WH2) category alongside India’s Girishkumar Jayanthilal Sharma – at the competition where she made her international debut in 2018.

And she now wants to chase more international glory for one reason more than anything – to inspire women in her country to pick up Para badminton.

“I want to compete in more championships, take experience and watch more champions in my classification,” she told Gulf Today.

Ellatif dreams of doing well at Paris 2024.

“This will help me share my story and experience and inspire more female players back home. And one day we can dream of a gold medal at major events.”

The 40-year-old started playing Para badminton only three years ago but is now in the top 20 of the WH1 women’s singles world ranking. A commendable achievement considering she has no wheelchair partner at her club Alzahoor in Cairo, where she trains with able-bodied players.

“Para badminton is a new sport in Egypt, in fact in Africa,” she said.

“In Egypt we have 10 clubs and around 70-80 disabled players in different classifications. There are many Para badminton players but no wheelchair shuttlers at my club. So, I don’t have a fixed doubles partner and have to look for a new one every time.”

Returning to competition after a COVID-19-enforced break of more than a year gave Ellatif a major boost, especially with the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on the horizon.

“Like everyone, I’m excited to play in the first competition after the pandemic (struck),” she said.

“It’s a good experience and preparation en route to Tokyo. My main aim is to qualify for Tokyo, so I’ll try my best in the last qualifying event (Spanish Para Badminton International 2021 in May) as well.

“Paralympics will be a dream-come-true moment,” added Ellatif, whose ultimate goal is to win a medal at Paris 2024.

Ellatif was earlier this month unveiled as one of the global ambassadors of the ‘i am badminton’ integrity campaign for Arab Badminton Federation.

东京奥运会倒计时:混双黑马出击
Thom Gicquel and Delphine Delrue.

东京奥运会倒计时:混双黑马出击

东京奥运会的积分赛所剩无几,对于那些夺冠热门的明星球员来说,他们几乎确定了参赛资格。

比如郑思维/黄雅琼王懿律/黄东萍、德差波/沙西丽、渡边勇大/东野友纱和乔丹/梅拉蒂这些的组合都被认为是东京奥运会的夺冠热门。

无论如何,在远离聚光灯的地方,有一些名字可能会让这些明星球员们的命运发生转折。考虑到奥运会的高压性质,以及许多球员有数月都未参加比赛的事实,这届奥运会的不可预测性将比以往任何一届都要高。

以下这些黑马,可能会打乱夺冠热门的夺金计划:

注:东京奥运会积分赛的截止日期为2021年6月13日,获得参赛资格的球员将在之后发布。

吉凯尔/德尔吕

他们的特点是快速的进步能力和无条件信任彼此的自信。这两名年轻的法国球员都只有二十二岁,但却在和顶级球员的对抗中毫不逊色。吉凯尔和德尔吕赢得了2021年瑞士公开赛的冠军,并接连几个月进入半决赛,包括两次曼谷亚洲赛季的半决赛,相信他们有能力为法国创造历史。

埃利斯/史密斯

England’s Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith.

一段时间以来,埃利斯和史密斯一直身处在队友爱德考克夫妇的阴影下,但在过去的几个赛季中,他们用自己的实力证明了自己。他们比赛的观赏性可能不高,但胜率却令人满意。对待比赛的固执和不屈服是他们的特点,这也让他们连续两年进入了全英公开赛的半决赛、和多次公开赛的半决赛。

徐承宰/蔡侑玎

Seo Seung Jae and Chae YuJung.

徐承宰和蔡侑玎可能是一对令人棘手的组合,他们是除邓俊文和谢影雪之外唯一一对进入混双项目顶级梯队的双左手组合。最近几个月徐承宰的实力突飞猛进,他进攻能力得到了提升,他的进攻变得犀利落点也更加难以预测。而蔡侑玎在前半场冷静的表现也让徐承宰安心专注于后场的进攻。

陈炳顺/吴柳萤

Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying.

里约奥运会时,陈炳顺和吴柳莹出人意料地进入了决赛。值得称赞的是,尽管吴柳萤一直在与伤病作斗争,但他们仍然保持在前十名。奥运积分榜中,他们的队友吴顺发赖洁敏、陈建铭和赖沛君也紧随其后。陈炳顺和吴柳萤正在研究如何用战术和经验击败竞争对手,他们一定不是最年轻的组合,但他们一定是一对经验丰富、老谋深算的搭档,不排除他们会带给我们意外之喜。

克里斯蒂安森/博尔

Mathias Christiansen and Alexandra Boje

还有几对欧洲组合在争夺参加东京奥运会的席位,比如爱德考克夫妇、塔博林/皮克兰斯富斯/伊莎贝尔。克里斯蒂安森和博尔目前还没有获得一个有含金量的冠军,他们与顶级球员之间的交手次数可以说是屈指可数。以最近的表现来看,他们在2021年瑞士公开赛上获得亚军,说明他们正在变得稳定。克里斯蒂安森的经验和力量,加上博尔的年轻积极,这对搭档值得我们的期待。

100 Days to Tokyo 2020: Mixed Doubles Dark Horses
Thom Gicquel and Delphine Delrue.

100 Days to Tokyo 2020: Mixed Doubles Dark Horses

With just a few more events to go for the end of qualifying to the Tokyo Olympics, there is near-certainty on the big stars – those who will be vying for gold and glory.

Pairs like Zheng Si Wei/Huang Ya Qiong, Wang Yi Lyu/ Huang Dong Ping, Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai, Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino and Praveen Jordan/Melati Daeva Oktavianti can all be considered frontline contenders who will be expected to feature at the business end of the Olympics.

However, just away from the spotlight, there is a clutch of names capable of upsetting the applecart of the stars. Given the high-pressure nature of the event, and the fact that it will be held with many of the participants having spent months away from competition, there will be higher unpredictability in Tokyo that at any recent Olympics.

Here, then, are the dark horses, those who can disrupt the campaign of the top contenders:

*Note: The qualification period for the Tokyo Olympics ends on 13 June 2021; the list of qualifiers will be notified in due course.

Thom Gicquel/Delphine Delrue

What marks them out is their rapid progress in abilities and supreme self-belief. The young French duo – both are aged 22 — have beaten nearly every other top pair; having won the YONEX Swiss Open 2021 and reached several semifinals in recent months – including two semifinals at the Asian Leg – Gicquel and Delrue are capable of making history for France.

Marcus Ellis/Lauren Smith

England’s Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith.

For a while, Ellis and Smith were in the shadow of their illustrious compatriots Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock, but over the past few seasons have emerged as an accomplished pair in their own right. While their game is not spectacular, it is quietly efficient. Their stubbornness when the chips are down is a feature of their game, and that has seen them win the Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters 2020, besides semifinals of the All England (2020 and 2021), the YONEX Swiss Open 2021 and the DANISA Denmark Open 2020.

Seo Seung Jae/Chae YuJung

Seo Seung Jae and Chae YuJung.

Seo/Chae on their day can be a particularly tricky proposition, for they are the only left-handed duo apart from Tang Chun Man/Tse Ying Suet in the top echelons of mixed doubles. Seo has progressed by leaps and bounds in recent months, with his attacking game having gained muscle; his ability to conjure steep and unpredictable angles also gives this pair an edge, while Chae’s calmness at the front allows Seo to be more adventurous.

Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying

Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying.

Chan and Goh surprised many by making the final of the Rio Olympics, and to their credit, have stayed in the top 10 despite the challenges of being a professional pair and Goh’s injuries. Expected to qualify ahead of, or alongside, compatriots Goh Soon Huat/Lai Shevon Jemie (another Malaysian pair Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing are not far behind), Chan and Goh are a study in cleverness and using skill to outplay better-endowed opponents. They are certainly not the most youthful of pairs, but don’t rule out a surprise or two from the wily Malaysians.

Mathias Christiansen/Alexandra BØje

Mathias Christiansen and Alexandra Boje

There are a few European pairs contending for places at Tokyo (apart from Ellis/Smith and Gicquel/Delrue, there are the Adcocks, Robin Tabeling/Selena Piek and Mark Lamsfuss/Isabel Herttrich); Christiansen and Boje have yet to land a major title; yet, at their best they can be a handful for the top pairs. Recent performances, such as the SaarLorLux Open 2020 win, or the runner-up spot at the Swiss Open 2021, indicate that they are becoming more solid. Christiansen’s experience and power, and Boje’s youthful energy, does make this a pair to watch.

马克·卡尔乔:加速前进中

马克·卡尔乔:加速前进中

上个月的尤尼克斯全英公开赛上,二十六岁的卡尔乔大步迈进了他的第一个汇丰世界羽联超级1000巡回赛半决赛。

大部分球迷可能对卡尔乔还不太熟悉,但这位荷兰球员在过去的几个赛季中都取得了稳定的进步。今年的全英公开赛卡尔乔实现了突破,他把握住了机会,先后击败了科希特阮日拉克亚什,最终在半决赛输给了本届的冠军李梓嘉

“这对我来说是一次巨大的经历,我没想过能进入半决赛。我很享受这次比赛,在周六站上全英赛场的感觉太棒了。通过这次比赛我知道,如果我想要战胜这些家伙,我还要在很多方面去提高。

“我以前也和他们比赛过,但如果我在比赛中没有使用正确的战术,我就会被轻易击败。我必须要汲取这些教训,不过可以肯定的是我的信心得到了提升。”卡尔乔说。

卡尔乔不太引人注意的原因是他还没有在高级别赛事上创造过令人轰动的成绩,但目前的他已经拥有了可以和优秀球员抗衡的能力。近期他受瞩目的胜利来自于一月亚洲赛季的丰田泰国公开赛,在第一轮比赛中他以21-13 23-25 22-20焦灼的比分战胜了李卓耀。在三月的瑞士公开赛上,他再次苦战三局击败了普兰诺伊。

在比赛中他最困扰的是表现不稳定,他很难在每场比赛中保持高水准。在过去的两个赛季里,他有过一些亮眼的表现,比如在2020年萨尔布吕肯公开赛上获得亚军,但也有过好几次一轮游。

“我觉得我的成绩很好,只是有太多的起伏。有时我的表现真的很好,有时则非常糟糕。我的实力储备必须更加扎实,不过我已经证明了我是拥有很强竞争力球员,所以这就够了。”卡尔乔说道。他目前的汇丰世界羽联巡回赛排名是第四名。

“和李卓耀的比赛我发挥的很棒,我正在朝这个方向继续努力,这也证明了我有战胜亚洲球员的能力。目前我最重要的事情就是保持稳定,打好整年的比赛不要有太多起伏。”

他将自己出色的表现归功于教练林杜赫,卡尔乔在过去的两年里一直在丹麦和林杜赫一起训练,他们的目的是在东京奥运会上达到巅峰状态。

“他对我有很大帮助,给我一个很好的训练环境,”卡尔乔说。

“两年前,我决定在奥运会之前都在丹麦训练。后来奥运会被推迟了,我仍然决定继续留在丹麦直至奥运会。这就是我现在的计划,之后我可能会回到荷兰国家队。我们国家队有着很好的训练中心,尽管我在丹麦已经住了两年了,但每个月我还是会回我们的训练中心去见我的理疗师和医生,他们会给我做一些测试。荷兰离丹麦不远,坐飞机一小时就到了。”

卡尔乔已经确认参加2021年印度公开赛。鉴于他近期的表现,他可能会给那些明星球员们制造一些麻烦。

Mark Caljouw: Making Rapid Strides

Mark Caljouw: Making Rapid Strides

At the YONEX All England last month, a 26-year-old Dutchman strode in for his first HSBC BWF World Tour Super 1000 semifinal.

Many fans might still be unfamiliar with Mark Caljouw, but the Dutch player has made steady progress over the last couple of seasons and the All England provided the opportunity for the breakthrough. Caljouw took his chances, beating Khosit Phetpradab, Nhat Nguyen and Lakshya Sen before going down to eventual titlist Lee Zii Jia.

“This was a huge experience, for sure,” said Caljouw. “I didn’t expect that I would come into the semifinals, so I was enjoying the match and playing at the All England on Saturday is just amazing. I can see that if I want to win against those guys, I have to improve in a lot of aspects.

“I’ve played them before, but every time I play them, you can see that if you don’t play the right way, they punish you right away. That’s something I have to learn. But for sure, this is a confidence boost.”

Caljouw’s performances have been slightly under the radar, for he has yet to create a sensational result at the big tournaments, but on his day, he can hold his ground against top-class opponents. One of his memorable recent performances was at the TOYOTA Thailand Open in January, when he took Lee Cheuk Yiu the distance in a scorching first round, falling 21-13 23-25 22-20. At the Swiss Open in March, he took down HS Prannoy in three close games.

The aspect of his game that most bothers him is his inconsistency – his inability to repeat top-quality performances match after match. Over the last two seasons, he had some highs – like finishing runner-up at the Saarbrucken Open 2020 – but also several early exits.

“I feel that I have really good results, just that it’s too much up and down. Some results are really good, sometimes it’s extremely bad. My bottom level has to be higher. But I think I showed my top level is going way better than before. So that’s really nice,” says Caljouw, who’s currently ranked No.4 in the HSBC BWF World Tour Rankings.

“That match (against Lee Cheuk Yiu) – it was a great match, and I also built on that, that I can also play well against Asian players. So that’s the most important thing, to play well all through the year, and not go too much up and down.”

The uptick in his form he credits to his work with coach Jonas Lyduch. Caljouw has been training with Lyduch over the last two years in Denmark, aiming to reach peak form for the Tokyo Olympics.

“That’s helping a lot – it’s just a nice environment,” says Caljouw.

“We decided, two years back, that we are going to train in Denmark till the Olympics. But then the Olympics got postponed, and we said we’ll keep going in Denmark until the Olympics. So that’s the plan for now, and after that I probably will go back to the national team. Our (Dutch) federation has organised it quite well. I’ve been in Denmark around two years now, but there are some weeks when we go back to the national centre to see our physios, our doctors, do some tests. It’s not that far away, it’s only a one-hour flight.”

Caljouw has entered the YONEX-SUNRISE India Open 2021 (11 to 16 May). Given his recent form, he could well cause some problems for the more fancied names.

强势的开局为天才少女开启了难忘的赛季
An Se Young celebrates after beating Carolina Marin at the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2020 in Bangkok.

强势的开局为天才少女开启了难忘的赛季

安洗莹的职业生涯刚刚开始之际,她就让世界各地的球迷们印象深刻。在为数不多的高级别赛事中,她还没有取得过印度公开赛的冠军。

目前世界排名第八的安洗莹将参加2021年5月11日在新德里举行的汇丰世界羽联超级500巡回赛,比赛的结果可能会因她而改变。

这名十九岁的少女今年有着一个不错的开局。在曼谷的亚洲赛季,她发挥出色,三站比赛全部进入半决赛。

在这三周的比赛中,她击败了同为世界排名前十的因达农和马琳。在小组赛的最后一场比赛中,这两位选手都表现出色,但还是输给了更胜一筹的安洗莹。

韩国少女出色的表现大家已经习以为常,因为在过去的赛季里,她一直给大牌球员们带去挑战。不过,她在曼谷连续晋级半决赛的表现还是令不少人吃惊。她在亚洲赛季前的最后一场比赛是2020年三月的全英公开赛,九个月的时间里安洗莹没有参加任何比赛,但她的进步足以提醒她的竞争对手们,东京奥运会的竞争将有她的一席之地。

在比赛中,因达农一直受困于安洗莹扎实的防守和网前冷静的出手。

“她打得比以前更慢了,完全控制住了我的速度。我总是进入她的节奏里,我失去了自己的打法也失去了对比赛的控制。她网前的处理比我好,导致我只能去推她,可她却已经在原地等待我的推球了。”因达农在尤尼克斯泰国公开赛四分之一决赛中输给安洗莹后说道。

让对手陷入困境的是安洗莹的步法,她总能在自己适应的节奏里接到对手所有的回球。

“她太有耐心了,出球的质量也很好。”马来西亚选手谢抒芽在亚洲赛季的第一站落败后说道。“我觉得她的风格很像山口茜,只是山口茜的进攻更多,而安洗莹的点杀则十分犀利。”

十分有趣的是,马琳以4比2的战绩领先于安洗莹,但她相信安洗莹身上有着她的影子。

“她现在打得不错,肯定是未来优秀的球员之一。事实上,我知道她的教练一直在近距离关注我,所以她或多或少有在学习我的打法。她有不错的进攻,可威胁不大,不过她能很好地把球下压,不会轻易失误。战胜她的关键是持续对她进行进攻,直到冲破她的防守。”

印度公开赛是东京奥运会前为数不多的几项赛事之一,在安洗莹职业生涯最大舞台的准备阶段,她将迎来一个取胜的大好机会。