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I think it is high time now most appropriate to create this thread to discuss about China badminton scene. So from time to time I will keep this thread updated with China latest badminton news.
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RIO DE JANEIRO – Yu Yang’s racquet sliced through the air, sending desperation volleys back to her Danish opponents. It was match point. At stake, the chance to play for Rio Olympic gold in women’s doubles badminton. This was everything.


The final hit from the Danes traveled at 214 miles per hour, and Yang couldn’t return it, as her team tumbled out of the semifinals and into the bronze medal consolation match. But it wasn’t for lack of effort in the three-set defeat.


While it’s usually not noteworthy that an athlete would try her hardest to win an Olympic event, it was significant in Yang’s case. Because the last time she participated in the Summer Games, in London 2012, she did everything she could to not win a match.


The last time she competed in Olympic badminton, her tournament didn’t end with a chance at a medal – it ended with a trip back to China in disgrace.


Yang was one of eight women’s badminton doubles players who were disqualified in the 2012 London Games for intentionally trying to lose preliminary matches in order to manipulate seeding for the elimination rounds.


[Featured: “There was a group of athletes that were pro-drugs” – Edwin Moses]
While that sounds terrible, it really doesn’t capture the scope of how pathetic a sight this really was: Four players, serving directly into the net; or, on the rare occasion it would clear the net, staring motionless as the shuttlecock fell to the floor. It was the lowest point in badminton’s 24-year history as an Olympic sport, an embarrassing scandal that earned it global ridicule.


The controversy caused coaches to be suspended and tournament rules to be rewritten; and while one might assume any athlete involved in the nadir of the sport might never step onto the Olympic stage again, four women’s doubles players involved in the match throwing were competing in the Rio 2016 Games.


They were here to put the scandal behind them, even if its stench has trailed behind them four years later.
***


Embarrassing doesn’t do it justice.
“It was so obvious,” said Selina Piek, a women’s doubles player from the Netherlands, recalling the London match throwing. “Maybe be a little smarter about it. But that’s hard when both teams are trying to lose.”


Seriously, look at this farce:
That’s Yang and her partner Wang Xiaoli competing against South Korea’s Jung Kyun-eun and Kim Ha-na. Well, “competing” might be a stretch, considering these were four athletes knocking the shuttlecock into the net on serves to the booing, hissing displeasure of the spectators. At one point referee Thorsten Berg walked over to warn them that both teams could be disqualified if they don’t “play or compete,” clapping his hands and making a swinging motion with his arm as if to say, “Hitting … do you remember it?”


Yang then hit the next shot over the net. The South Koreans didn’t move to hit it back, letting it drop to the floor. China scored a point and the crowd mockingly cheered.
Xiaoli then put the next shot into the net. On purpose.


The match-throwing continued, until South Korea walked off the court with a victory in name only.


After the match, Yang sold the lie that this wasn’t an intentional loss by her team. “These opponents really were strong,” she said. “We’ve already qualified, and we wanted to have more energy for the knockout rounds.”
(No word if the media on hand drowned in the sudden pile of equine excrement they were surrounded by.)


So why did this match-throwing happen?
It happened because this is what China did.
Petya Nedelcheva of Bulgaria was on the court next to the Chinese and South Korean players during the 2012 debacle. “[China] did it so many times last year, they didn’t play against each other in 20 tournaments. They do what they want,” she told the Guardian.


The nation was notorious for having its teams throw matches in order to manipulate tournaments. In the London Games, the mission was simple for Yang and Xiaoli: Lose on purpose to avoid having to face countrywomen Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei in the semifinals. Manipulate the elimination round seedings to ensure that China could captured both gold and silver in an all-Chinese final.


(To wit: Qing and Yunlei would go on to win gold after the disqualifications.)
But the South Koreans weren’t having it. So they decided to play a game of “anything you can’t do we can’t do worse,” and attempted to throw the match as well.
“If they played right, the Chinese team, this wouldn’t happen,” South Korean coach Sung Han-kook said at the time. “So we did the same.”



There was a domino effect due to China’s match manipulation. It led to a second Olympic preliminary in which both teams attempted to lose: South Korea’s Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung against the Indonesian team of Greysia Polii and Meilianna Jauhari.
The Badminton World Federation acted swiftly before the elimination tournament began, disqualifying the four teams from the London Olympics for violating the players’ code by “not using one’s best efforts to win a match and conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport.”


Their places in the elimination rounds were taken by teams that finished directly in back of them. South Korea’s appeal of the ruling was rejected. Indonesia’s appeal was withdrawn. The teams were out of the tournament, and badminton had taken a speeding shuttlecock to the eye as an Olympic sport.


But the greatest scandal in Olympic badminton history is less about the puppets that participated in it than the puppeteers that orchestrated it. What began as outrage against the players soon became sympathy, as it was apparent they were victims of a fractured format and at the mercy of their coaches.


China coach Li Yongbo attempted to save his players by admitting he told them to manipulate the system, and asked that he fall on his sword to keep them in the tournament. But his pleas were ignored.


“It’s different in their culture,” said the Netherlands’ Piek. “When the head coach of China tells you that you are going to lose a match, then I will pee my pants in fear and I will lose that match.”


***
There had to be repercussions.
China’s coach did take the blame back home, and was removed from coaching the women’s doubles team. The Korea Badminton Association initially banned two coaches for life, but an appeal dropped the suspension to two years.


The last thing the Badminton World Federation wanted was a repeat of this nonsense in Rio. So as a result, it rewrote its rulebook “to ensure such a regrettable spectacle is never witnessed in badminton again,” said secretary general Thomas Lund of Denmark.
At the start of the tournament, there’s a draw for group play, which you can watch here.Seeded players were set in their groups, and the draw placed everyone else in the field.


For singles, the bracket for the elimination round was set by having the top seed from 16 different groups, lettered A-P, qualify for the bracket. Obviously there’s no messing around with seeding, because only one player from each group advanced.


For doubles, the top-ranked pairs from each of four groups were placed into their brackets after pool play. Here is where the big rules change from the London debacle comes in: The second-place finishers from each group were then placed into another draw – names inside a big box – and drawn randomly to fill out the bracket.
Hence, Yang’s team was randomly seeded against Indonesia – and Polii, who was also thrown out of the London Games for match throwing.
Small world.


“I think it’s a good thing that the draw has been made after group stage because what happened in London was quite shameful for our sport. Hopefully, we never have to experience that again,” said Piek.


The players involved in the scandal just want to forget that experience ever happened.
“It’s been already four years. I think it’s best that we do our best in the present,” Jung Kyung-eun of South Korea said, through an interpreter.


Was she pleased that the BWF had taken action to prevent match throwing?
“I’m not really sure if I’m the one that can say that I’m satisfied with the rules,” she said.
***



Yu-Yang is teary eyed
The Chinese Olympian, 30, has just revealed to the media after China’s semifinal loss that the bronze medal match will be her last.


It’s not the first time she’s stepped away from the sport. Yang, in fact, quit badminton after being disqualified from the London Games. She defiantly claimed that the BWF and the IOC had acted egregiously in disqualifying teams that were simply exploiting an easily manipulated format, on the advice of her coaches.


“Goodbye Badminton World Federation, goodbye my beloved badminton,” she wrote on Weibo in 2012. “You have heartlessly shattered our dreams. This is unforgivable.”
Her former partner left the sport due to injury and now operates a restaurant in Beijing. But Yang found saying goodbye to badminton more difficult. A gold medalist in Beijing’s 2008 Games, Yang began playing again fairly soon after her declaration, and worked her way back to the Rio Games.


Rather than forgiving the BWF and the IOC for their decision to disqualify her, she chooses to forget. “It’s a blank in my mind,” said Yang on Tuesday, through an interpreter. “I forgot about it. It’s the past.”


But her last appearance in the Olympics, Thursday’s bronze medal match, offers an unavoidable reminder of the London scandal and some incredible symmetry, given the newly established random draw format:


For the bronze medal, Yang and her partner will face Jung Kyung-eun of South Korea and her partner.
Presumably, this time they’ll be playing to win.
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RIO DE JANEIRO – Yu Yang’s racquet sliced through the air, sending desperation volleys back to her Danish opponents. It was match point. At stake, the chance to play for Rio Olympic gold in women’s doubles badminton. This was everything.


The final hit from the Danes traveled at 214 miles per hour, and Yang couldn’t return it, as her team tumbled out of the semifinals and into the bronze medal consolation match. But it wasn’t for lack of effort in the three-set defeat.


While it’s usually not noteworthy that an athlete would try her hardest to win an Olympic event, it was significant in Yang’s case. Because the last time she participated in the Summer Games, in London 2012, she did everything she could to not win a match.


The last time she competed in Olympic badminton, her tournament didn’t end with a chance at a medal – it ended with a trip back to China in disgrace.


Yang was one of eight women’s badminton doubles players who were disqualified in the 2012 London Games for intentionally trying to lose preliminary matches in order to manipulate seeding for the elimination rounds.


[Featured: “There was a group of athletes that were pro-drugs” – Edwin Moses]
While that sounds terrible, it really doesn’t capture the scope of how pathetic a sight this really was: Four players, serving directly into the net; or, on the rare occasion it would clear the net, staring motionless as the shuttlecock fell to the floor. It was the lowest point in badminton’s 24-year history as an Olympic sport, an embarrassing scandal that earned it global ridicule.


The controversy caused coaches to be suspended and tournament rules to be rewritten; and while one might assume any athlete involved in the nadir of the sport might never step onto the Olympic stage again, four women’s doubles players involved in the match throwing were competing in the Rio 2016 Games.


They were here to put the scandal behind them, even if its stench has trailed behind them four years later.
***


Embarrassing doesn’t do it justice.
“It was so obvious,” said Selina Piek, a women’s doubles player from the Netherlands, recalling the London match throwing. “Maybe be a little smarter about it. But that’s hard when both teams are trying to lose.”


Seriously, look at this farce:
That’s Yang and her partner Wang Xiaoli competing against South Korea’s Jung Kyun-eun and Kim Ha-na. Well, “competing” might be a stretch, considering these were four athletes knocking the shuttlecock into the net on serves to the booing, hissing displeasure of the spectators. At one point referee Thorsten Berg walked over to warn them that both teams could be disqualified if they don’t “play or compete,” clapping his hands and making a swinging motion with his arm as if to say, “Hitting … do you remember it?”


Yang then hit the next shot over the net. The South Koreans didn’t move to hit it back, letting it drop to the floor. China scored a point and the crowd mockingly cheered.
Xiaoli then put the next shot into the net. On purpose.


The match-throwing continued, until South Korea walked off the court with a victory in name only.


After the match, Yang sold the lie that this wasn’t an intentional loss by her team. “These opponents really were strong,” she said. “We’ve already qualified, and we wanted to have more energy for the knockout rounds.”
(No word if the media on hand drowned in the sudden pile of equine excrement they were surrounded by.)


So why did this match-throwing happen?
It happened because this is what China did.
Petya Nedelcheva of Bulgaria was on the court next to the Chinese and South Korean players during the 2012 debacle. “[China] did it so many times last year, they didn’t play against each other in 20 tournaments. They do what they want,” she told the Guardian.


The nation was notorious for having its teams throw matches in order to manipulate tournaments. In the London Games, the mission was simple for Yang and Xiaoli: Lose on purpose to avoid having to face countrywomen Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei in the semifinals. Manipulate the elimination round seedings to ensure that China could captured both gold and silver in an all-Chinese final.


(To wit: Qing and Yunlei would go on to win gold after the disqualifications.)
But the South Koreans weren’t having it. So they decided to play a game of “anything you can’t do we can’t do worse,” and attempted to throw the match as well.
“If they played right, the Chinese team, this wouldn’t happen,” South Korean coach Sung Han-kook said at the time. “So we did the same.”



There was a domino effect due to China’s match manipulation. It led to a second Olympic preliminary in which both teams attempted to lose: South Korea’s Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung against the Indonesian team of Greysia Polii and Meilianna Jauhari.
The Badminton World Federation acted swiftly before the elimination tournament began, disqualifying the four teams from the London Olympics for violating the players’ code by “not using one’s best efforts to win a match and conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport.”


Their places in the elimination rounds were taken by teams that finished directly in back of them. South Korea’s appeal of the ruling was rejected. Indonesia’s appeal was withdrawn. The teams were out of the tournament, and badminton had taken a speeding shuttlecock to the eye as an Olympic sport.


But the greatest scandal in Olympic badminton history is less about the puppets that participated in it than the puppeteers that orchestrated it. What began as outrage against the players soon became sympathy, as it was apparent they were victims of a fractured format and at the mercy of their coaches.


China coach Li Yongbo attempted to save his players by admitting he told them to manipulate the system, and asked that he fall on his sword to keep them in the tournament. But his pleas were ignored.


“It’s different in their culture,” said the Netherlands’ Piek. “When the head coach of China tells you that you are going to lose a match, then I will pee my pants in fear and I will lose that match.”


***
There had to be repercussions.
China’s coach did take the blame back home, and was removed from coaching the women’s doubles team. The Korea Badminton Association initially banned two coaches for life, but an appeal dropped the suspension to two years.


The last thing the Badminton World Federation wanted was a repeat of this nonsense in Rio. So as a result, it rewrote its rulebook “to ensure such a regrettable spectacle is never witnessed in badminton again,” said secretary general Thomas Lund of Denmark.
At the start of the tournament, there’s a draw for group play, which you can watch here.Seeded players were set in their groups, and the draw placed everyone else in the field.


For singles, the bracket for the elimination round was set by having the top seed from 16 different groups, lettered A-P, qualify for the bracket. Obviously there’s no messing around with seeding, because only one player from each group advanced.


For doubles, the top-ranked pairs from each of four groups were placed into their brackets after pool play. Here is where the big rules change from the London debacle comes in: The second-place finishers from each group were then placed into another draw – names inside a big box – and drawn randomly to fill out the bracket.
Hence, Yang’s team was randomly seeded against Indonesia – and Polii, who was also thrown out of the London Games for match throwing.
Small world.


“I think it’s a good thing that the draw has been made after group stage because what happened in London was quite shameful for our sport. Hopefully, we never have to experience that again,” said Piek.


The players involved in the scandal just want to forget that experience ever happened.
“It’s been already four years. I think it’s best that we do our best in the present,” Jung Kyung-eun of South Korea said, through an interpreter.


Was she pleased that the BWF had taken action to prevent match throwing?
“I’m not really sure if I’m the one that can say that I’m satisfied with the rules,” she said.
***



Yu-Yang is teary eyed
The Chinese Olympian, 30, has just revealed to the media after China’s semifinal loss that the bronze medal match will be her last.


It’s not the first time she’s stepped away from the sport. Yang, in fact, quit badminton after being disqualified from the London Games. She defiantly claimed that the BWF and the IOC had acted egregiously in disqualifying teams that were simply exploiting an easily manipulated format, on the advice of her coaches.


“Goodbye Badminton World Federation, goodbye my beloved badminton,” she wrote on Weibo in 2012. “You have heartlessly shattered our dreams. This is unforgivable.”
Her former partner left the sport due to injury and now operates a restaurant in Beijing. But Yang found saying goodbye to badminton more difficult. A gold medalist in Beijing’s 2008 Games, Yang began playing again fairly soon after her declaration, and worked her way back to the Rio Games.


Rather than forgiving the BWF and the IOC for their decision to disqualify her, she chooses to forget. “It’s a blank in my mind,” said Yang on Tuesday, through an interpreter. “I forgot about it. It’s the past.”


But her last appearance in the Olympics, Thursday’s bronze medal match, offers an unavoidable reminder of the London scandal and some incredible symmetry, given the newly established random draw format:


For the bronze medal, Yang and her partner will face Jung Kyung-eun of South Korea and her partner.
Presumably, this time they’ll be playing to win.
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Li Yongbo is the enemy of the life regret to do the wedding dress for others to learn Korean but can not wait to return the opportunity



Chinese badminton in a very difficult period, Fu Haifeng will retire, the less he doubles, Zhang Nan to find someone paired, strength does not exist. The traditional project Chinese the women's doubles and mixed doubles have no advantage. Chinese badminton women's singles also no one can compete with Ma Lin of spain. Don't Chinese left up the scene of the men's singles badminton? In such a difficult period, need someone to save, just have a good badminton coach, is a perennial baoguowumen.

Li Yongbo and Li Mao are in a deep conflict.
He was in exile for nearly 20 years, has trained numerous badminton elite, including Li Zongwei, Li Xuanyi, Pu Chenghuan, Sun Shengmo, Quan Zaijuan, sun Wanhu. But he has refused to learn Korean, Malay or Indonesian, he was ready to return to coaching, just waiting for his own last year after year, day in and day out, also lost hope. He is Li Mao, because of the conflict with Li Yongbo, and is unable to return to Chinese team even coached in Zhejiang province. "The reason why I made that choice was not my personal will. A few years ago, the desire to return to the national team has been very strong, but in recent years, more and more light, because I know this is a very real personal desire." Lee Spears is full of regret.


(Li Mao is sorry to be unable to play for the Chinese team.)

Once Li Mao is China badminton men's singles coach, Sun Jun, trained Dong Jiong, Chen Gang and other star, and Li Yongbo is China badminton deputy general manager, because at that time no coach, so Li Yongbo is the number one. In 1998, Li Mao Li Lingyu, the coach of the national team, except Tian Bingyi, signed a letter asked Li Yongbo to resign, and directed Li Yongbo corruption. But the State Sports General Administration came out of the investigation is that Li Yongbo has no corruption, but the responsibility for the management of poor. The results of the investigation, involved in the impeachment of the coach resigned, Li Mao will not return to the Zhejiang provincial team coach, taught only in foreign countries.


(coach Li Mao has a good record.)

After nearly 20 years, Li Mao in South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia between places, which in Korea for the longest time, but he refused to learn Korean, in his own words, is a dumb coach, mainly by body language, personal demonstration training players. By these, Lee Li Xuanyi, Pu Chenghuan spear out of the sun, Sun Shengmo, South Korea's Wanhu. Li Mao also served as the South Korean women's team coach, led in his South Korean women's badminton team won the first Uber Cup in 2010 history. "I have been to Korea for many years, I did not take the family in the past, do not learn Korean, you say this is for what? I have said more than once, in a foreign country, nothing, only the money. What Chinese people don't want to go home and do something for their country?" Li Mao once said.



The most famous disciple Lee spear is Malaysia Li Zongwei, before meeting Lee spear, although Li Zongwei has been very good, but not to the top level master, and under the guidance of Li Mao and Lee Chong wei realized the ability of the breakthrough, becoming the top master.


Lin Dan almost hit Li Mao, but after that he said he was very respectful of Li Mao is a good coach.

Li Mao during the foreign coach, had been in a game and Lin Dan conflict, there has been a Lin Dan almost hit him. At that time, Li Mao and Lin Dan will referee the dispute, Lin Dan is very irritated. Later, Lin Dan explained in his autobiography, he had some impulse, the racket lost in the past. But after calm down, Lin Dan admits that Li Mao is a good coach. "We are all just ordinary people, only to earn our salaries, to feed their families. I as a member of the team, come up with my most professional state, then Lee spear as a coach, he was not wrong. Just, both of us are a little bit out of control. Sports professionalization, internationalization is a trend, otherwise there will be no coach Lang Ping's American women's volleyball team, there will be no Messi to join Barcelona, Nowitzki also do not go to the NBA to play a game, Lin Dan said.


Li Mao never thought he was very successful.

Li Mao coaching foreign teams, in the selection of more limited circumstances, it is difficult to obtain such a rare. But he did not feel particularly successful, but that is a lifetime of regret: "we can say that, for the wedding dress for others, this is the biggest regret in my life."


He gave souvenirs to the children at the local school in Shenzhen.

Li Mao served as head coach of Shenzhen city in recent years in the Kawasaki International Badminton Club, he will have the opportunity to participate in badminton activities into the campus, giving some souvenirs for the children, do a meager force for China badminton career.
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No need to panic: China coach Li Yongbo calls for calm after low badminton medal return in Rio


Four years after winning all five titles at London, China grabs two gold medals and a bronze to top the medals table, but it was their lowest haul at an Olympics for 20 years


China’s failure to defend three of its badminton titles at the Rio Games was a shock for a nation used to dominating the Olympic courts but head coach Li Yongbo called for calm amid a storm of criticism.


Four years after winning all five titles at London, China grabbed two gold medals and a bronze to top the medals table, but it was their lowest haul at an Olympics for 20 years.


With teams restricted to two entrants in the singles, down from three at London and previous Games, the badminton superpower had fewer chances to win medals.
However, the lack of a Chinese woman on the podium for both the singles and doubles was a major setback for a team that had built long dynasties in both events.


Li has been the face of Chinese badminton for over a decade and survived a number of controversies by delivering unprecedented results at global and Olympic tournaments.
Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen clasps hands with Lin Dan of China over the net after winning their match.


But the 53-year-old has been lambasted online over the team’s performance in Rio, with Chinese social media users demanding his resignation.


China will lose at least two of its Olympic gold medallists to retirement, with doubles veteran Fu Haifeng and twice singles champion Lin Dan playing their last Games.


70 to 2: What the Rio Olympics medal tally says about China-India comparisons


Zhao Yunlei, who won mixed doubles gold at London and took bronze in Rio, is also tipped to quit before Tokyo in 2020.


China’s Li Xuerui is tended to by a medic on the way to losing against eventual gold medallist Carolina Marin of Spain.


Li said China had little to fear about the passing of the golden generation but conceded there would be more challenges as rival nations closed the gap.
“Sometimes you’re strong, sometimes you fall back,” he said.


Why is China’s gold medal count at the Rio Olympics so low?
“Indonesia was once strong and Denmark, too. China’s risen up but the champions eventually retire and the next generation comes up slowly.
“So there will be some difficulties. This is normal.


Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia ousted his great rival Lin Dan in Rio.
“But China will still have top players competing in future because we have a lot of juniors competing at high levels.
“After these Olympics, our next generation will be strong.


Volleyball visionary: coach Lang Ping worth her weight in gold – and more


“For a country to maintain its excellence it definitely needs to emphasise systemic talent development and very good training systems. China has, so I am not worried about (the future).”


Indonesia, Spain and Japan won the other titles in a high-quality tournament that spread the medals far and wide.


“Badminton is developing on all sides,” said Li.
“But there is no point judging everyone else’s progress, it’s a matter of concentrating on your own.
“It is fair to say we have more difficulties than before but that does not mean we are going to fall behind. It is just others are progressing, so we still need to work hard.”
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China coach defends team after Thomas Cup shock loss to S Korea

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China's national badminton coach Li Yongbo declared his players were still among the best in the world but urged fans to be patient and expect occasional defeats after the host's shock exit from the Thomas Cup.


Under Li's leadership China have dominated badminton for the past decade, but unease is mounting that the team's golden era may be coming to an end.


On Thursday, China's men were knocked out of the quarter-finals of the world badminton team championship after South Korea defeated them 3-1 -- the first time they have failed to reach the Thomas Cup semi-finals since 1982.


Following the defeat, fans booed and hissed as the team exited the court in Kunshan, near Shanghai, with some in the audience chanting:"Li Yongbo quit!"


Coach Li said that despite the upset the men's team were still among the best globally and called on fans to be more"understanding".


"Of course China's men's badminton team is always one of the best in the world,"Li said late Saturday.


"We have to be eager for victory all the time, but we have to accept failure. If we win too much sometimes questions will come: 'Is it positive for promoting badminton in the world?'but if we lose sometimes questions will also come, that is the fact."


The coach said his players faced expectations similar to the Brazilian men's national football team and the US's basketball squad -- where winning is the norm and losses are rare.


"This is like, for example, Brazil's football and America's basketball. If they lose one or two times, nobody can deny that they are still the top team in the world. So I hope all the fans, all the media, all the friends have more understanding and tolerance towards us,"Li told reporters.


The head coach also stridently defended his choice to field top-ranked Chen Long as the number one singles player in team competition over other top Chinese talent, such as legend Lin Dan, despite Chen's recent inconsistent run.


Chen admitted he suffered an attack of the nerves in his 87-minute scrap with South Korea's Son Wan-ho, which Chen lost 12-21, 21-16, 15-21.


Following the upset, Chen said he was grappling with intense pressure as the world's number one, a position which means that every opponent is determinmed to knock him off his perch.


"He's humble with everyone, nice to everyone but sometimes his personality may lack some power so that influences him sometimes on the court,"said Li.


"As long as Chen Long is happy and as long as he enjoys badminton I still support him and will always support him."


But concerns are mounting that this week's performance may augur poorly for China as they prepare for the Rio Olympics in August.


Li confirmed Saturday that Chen and Lin would represent China in the men's singles event, but cautioned that competition was fierce among badminton's elite.
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Tears, quit calls after China Thomas Cup shock exit

KUNSHAN, China: China’s all-conquering badminton coach Li Yongbo was urged to step down by angry fans after a shock Thomas Cup exit threw their Olympic preparations into chaos.

Spectators hissed and shouted “Li Yongbo quit!” as China lost 3-1 to South Korea in the Thomas Cup quarter-finals in Kunshan, near Shanghai.

One weeping and hysterical supporter had to be escorted out by security as world number one Chen Long and then two doubles pairs flopped at the team championships.

The result augurs badly for China’s Olympic campaign in Rio de Janeiro, four years after they became the first country to win all five gold medals.

China, led by the militaristic Li, have dominated badminton for the past decade but unease is growing that the golden age may be coming to an end.

“Li Yongbo should quit,” Chinese fan Zhang Bohan told AFP bluntly. “I feel like there’s something wrong with the Chinese team with the management or something.”

Chinese great Lin Dan won his match against Lee Dong-Keun but it hasn’t been a convincing tournament for the 32-year-old Olympic champion, who earlier dropped a game against French unknown Lucas Corvee.

China’s women safely reached the Uber Cup final but competition will be intense for Rio singles gold, with Spain’s Carolina Marin and Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand among the top contenders.

Top-ranked Chen admitted he suffered an attack of the nerves in his 87-minute scrap with South Korea’s Son Wan-ho, which ended 12-21, 21-16, 15-21 late on Thursday.

Chen, who was also taken to three games by Japan’s Sho Sasaki in the group phase, said he needed to relax as the Olympics approach.

“For me, if I attack two or three times but didn’t get the point, then I would get nervous,” said Chen. “But when (Son) attacked two or three times and didn’t get the point, he would attack the fourth time.”

Chen added: “I should play more quickly, more attacking… but I didn’t do well because I think too much.”

Chen said he acutely felt the strain of being the world number one, a position which means that every opponent is trying to take him down.

“I put pressure on myself. I’m the world number one so everyone is trying to attack me and trying to speed up. I’ve been playing quite slow,” said Chen.

China’s men now face the challenge of regrouping before Rio, where they will be defending not only their Olympic titles, but also their coach’s legacy.
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China's hopes of Olympic badminton sweep dashed


China's hopes of repeating their 2012 Olympic sweep of all five badminton gold medals were shattered when both their pairs were knocked out in the semi-finals of the mixed doubles.

London mixed silver medallists Xu Chen and Ma Jin were beaten by Malaysian pair Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying, 21-12, 21-19.

Then, in a major shock, top seeds and defending champions Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei were dumped out by Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia, 21-16, 21-15.

"This is for my family, my wife, my children, my parents, everyone watching back home and the people of Indonesia," said Ahmad.

As China slumped, Great Britain were flying as they qualified players into the semi-finals of the men's doubles and the last eight of the men's singles for the first time.

Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge moved to within one win of what would be only Britain's third Olympic medal in badminton with a 21-19, 21-17 win over Japan's Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa.

"On that last set I was so tired, I just thought, 'please keep hitting it to Marcus'. My legs had gone and I was just standing there," said Langridge.

Rajiv Ouseph then downed Indonesian seventh seed Tommy Sugiarto 21-13, 14-21, 21-16.

In the women's singles, Thai fourth seed Ratchanok Intanon lost to Japan's Akane Yamaguchi 21-19, 21-16.
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ZHANG NAN ZHAO YUNLEI BREAK UP, YUNLEI STILL SUPPORTS NAN



Zhao Yunlei Break Up and Zhao Yunlei Retires Announcement


Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei are the legend in the badminton. Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei is like monster in mixed doubles with many good performances they showed. Zhang Nan Zhao Yunlei stayed in the top rank mixed doubles in some years before they decided to end it all. What happened?


Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei have a good chemistry on and off court. Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei relationship off court becomes something big news for badminton lovers. But now, we will never see Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei together on court and off court.


Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei break up, as a partner in mixed doubles and partner in their life. Zhao Yunlei break up with Zhang Nan is announced by Zhao after they are lost in semifinal Olympic Rio 2016 and only got bronze medal.


Zhao Yunlei announced her break up with Zhang Nan in her weibo account. This is the translation of Zhao Yunlei break up and Zhao Yunlei retire announcement:
“Rio Olympic 2016 has ended, and my career as badminton shuttler has ended, too”
“In these 2 last years, I was so exhausted physically and mentally. Many things I can’t reveal. Many things make me sad and almost fall. But, I never regret with all happened because I prefer to be big-hearted person. This thing makes me happy becoming myself than getting gold medal in Olympic.”


“In this occasion I also wanna say congratulation to Zhang Nan for the gold medal in Men doubles. He can achieve what he dreamed. I hope Zhang Nan can be much better in the future”


“I also wanna tell you all about fans questions. I (Zhao Yunlei) and Zhang Nan are not together again since several times ago. Zhang Nan is not Zhao Yunlei boyfriend anymore. I hope you all fans still support Zhang Nan for the better career (as badminton shuttler)”


Zhang Nan Zhao Yunlei Love
Zhao Yunlei Break Up, Zhao Yunlei Focus to Study
Eventhough Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei break up, Zhao Yunlei still supports Zhang Nan career. Zhang Nan will have new partner in mixed doubles. Zhang Nan will pair with Li Yunhui in Denmark Open 2016 Super Series Premier.


Whats going on after Zhao Yunlei break up and retires? According to her explanation, Zhao Yunlei will come back to her hometown and focus to her family. Zhao Yunlei togetherness wit family is so rare because of Zhao hectic with many badminton tournaments all around the world. Now, Zhao Yunlei wanna focus with her study.


But, Zhao Yunlei will still play for her province in national games that will be held in 2017. Good luck for Zhao Yunlei.
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Sports Minister criticized badminton team within the team management confusion





Original title: Sport Liu Peng: Rio Olympics basic tasks criticized badminton team within the team management confusion


August 20, the day before the Chinese Olympic delegation held in Rio Olympic Games ended in MPC Main Press Center press conference Head of the Chinese delegation to the Rio Olympic Games, the State Sports Minister Liu Peng said that this Olympic Games Chinese delegation fully carry forward the Olympic spirit, carry forward the Chinese sports spirit, Chinese sports delegation has basically completed the whole task entry. but compared to the Beijing Olympic Games and the London Olympics 'successful' completion of the task statements, which from the side expressed a advantages of the project on the collective failure of dissatisfaction.


State Sports Minister Liu Peng (Information)
In a press conference, the State Sports Minister Liu Peng first read about a 5,000-word summary of the Olympic Games. This summary is divided into three parts, one is the basic situation of Chinese sports delegation participating, including nine individuals and a team - women's volleyball team has been commended.

The second part is the attitude of the Chinese delegation to the Rio Olympic Games, on the whole, given the host of praise.

The third part is more concerned about the outside world, the Chinese delegation mistakes summary.

Basically completed the task entry

'Up to now, has been the end of the game, the Chinese sports delegation participating in general has basically completed the task.' Peng said.

Rio Olympic Games Summer Olympic Games after the Olympic family to return to China to participate in the ninth, but also China's largest overseas participating delegations Olympics athletes average age was 24 years old, he is the youngest of the 28th Olympic Games next .

Liu Peng said that table tennis, diving, weightlifting and other Chinese traditional advantages of the project is still the Chinese delegation to win gold Aspen main force, bicycles, men's taekwondo and other parts of the latent advantages of the project a major breakthrough.


Games, the Chinese table tennis team swept all four gold
Liu Peng, the Basis for track and field made a historic breakthrough, won medals and ranking of projects, people were significantly increased, creating Olympic bests. The number of athletes and Xiao Xiang swimming obtain rankings have increased, Young Players undergone major tried and tested.

In summarizing the problems and shortcomings, Liu Peng said the Chinese sports delegation to play a normal although the overall number of projects achieved a major breakthrough, but also exposed some problems.

Four teams obvious problems exposed

It should be said, compared with the results, the Chinese delegation Olympic Games exposed the problem is more prominent, achievements and expected before departure there is a big deviation.

Chinese gymnastics team since the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games for the first time no gold medals, made history the worst results from the race point of view, there is a clear miscarriage of justice on the trends and new rules of the international gymnastics development action brought change.

Made since the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, the worst results are the Chinese shooting team, won only one gold, a plurality of 'double insurance' failure.

The last gold medal of the Chinese badminton team swept the Olympic Games received only 2 gold, exposing poor performance and mismanagement within the team directly related.


Women's doubles competition, the Chinese badminton team members threw a towel in anger
Chinese weightlifting team the gold medal despite complete the task, but the accident occurred two days before the start of the team also shows blind confidence and shall not be deemed to prepare questions.

Four Questions and doping incidents

First, the Rio Olympic cycle at the World Cup, World Championships and other international competitions outstanding achievements, which makes cognition and determine the deviation of the grim situation of the Olympic Games and difficulties faced underestimated.

Second, the trend of rapid development of our world of competitive sports, training new thinking and new trend of rapid increase in the level of management depth understanding and timely judgments, exchange of learning is not enough, some of the projects on the training concept, methods lack of innovation in management measures not enough on real strict enough.

Third, the rules of the Olympic Games period many projects has undergone major changes, for training and competition law had a profound impact, although we timely research and adaptive training, but the competition process, the understanding is not enough thorough grasp enough place, not enough to deal with properly. strain spot command part of the project, there are some mistakes, some items in the game plummeting levels, some items are not losing the game play due level.

Fourth week period, most large-scale projects were replacing the old, the first Olympic athlete ratio reached 73%, sub-projects, sub objects to young players to hone targeted culture deficiencies. Sustained nurture athletes inspire all spiritual work deficiencies. so that some players in the face of difficulties and challenges of intense competition, tight mentality, thinking too much, is not sufficiently high to show momentum, it did not fully play its due level.

Having said the above four questions, Liu Peng pointed out: 'To further reflect deeply on these issues, conscientiously sum up great efforts to strengthen research and analysis, to take effective measures, scientific planning and layout, and strive to improve and enhance..'

In addition, Liu Peng has not evaded in this Rio Olympic Games the Chinese delegation doping incidents occur, after all the efforts of the entire doping events for the Chinese sports world caused a blow on the momentum.

Liu Peng very firmly stressed: 'In the Olympic Games, a Chinese swimmer doping positive events occurred, Chinese sports delegation and the Chinese Swimming Association attaches great importance to have demonstrated strong distinctive position and attitude. we will continue to adhere to the anti-doping work, 'three strict' policy and 'zero tolerance' on doping firm attitude, and constantly improve the education, supervision, inspection and penalties system of anti-doping work, and from enhance their understanding and institutional efforts to improve the management of radical doping problem from occurring, and to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of physical and mental health of athletes, maintain fair, just the Olympic spirit. '

An extension of reading: Zhang Nan Zhao Yunlei break up suspected cheating husband

Beijing time on August 20, in the badminton men's doubles final, Zhang Nan / Fu Haifeng combination feather for the country to get the current first Olympic gold. Previously, he has got a partner Zhao Yunlei mixed doubles bronze medal, however, proud of the stadium, but frustrated in love, Zhao Yunlei himself admitted, before the Olympics, the two had separated.

In fact, as early as in the mixed doubles semi-finals after losing, has claimed that the two had parted, but the parties have not been recognized. Now, Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei pro Cheng already broke up, why announce now, because before the Olympics, but also want to protect everyone, so there is no public. she also said that Rio cycle and prepare for the game very hard, together with feelings so that they are physically and mentally fatigued.

Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei country is famous pair Jiedi Lian Yu, Zhang Nan is 90, Zhao Yunlei is born in 1986 announced their affair in 2010, the year in Japan Super Series mixed doubles, beat teammate in after winning, Zhang Nan Zhao Yunlei hugged and kissed. emotionally they are also increasingly sweet invincible in the game.


Zhang Nan Zhao Yunlei was a famous badminton lovers
In 2011 and 2014, the two got two World Championships 2012 London Olympics and got the win, the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, they achieve a Grand Slam gold medal before the Olympic Games, the world's second highest field Qing / Zhao Yunlei suddenly falling out, Zhao Yunlei expressly to protect the mixed doubles, and do not want to term. However, it was claimed, the two falling out of Zhang Nan cheating because, as early as March of this year, there have been known as Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei divorce, reportedly, Zhang Nan Tian Qing in the marriage had gone out, after a divorce, and Zhang Nan Tian Qing go near these, more outgoing Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei dispute in the General Administration of Sport door.

This also led to Zhao Yunlei very unhappy at the world championships, Zhao Tian of the doubles competition, when the exchange is completely zero, without saying a word, what if the two were back with the coach to say, especially in the World Championship, the two fall , not even a mutual arm movements are not! This is enough to show the discord between the two men. Although Zhao Yunlei admitted the two had parted, but did not disclose the specific reasons.
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