Sunday, October 30, 2011

1980 World Badminton Championships

1980 Swedish Open Badminton

1980 All England Badminton

Monday, October 17, 2011

Memoirs of Dr.Oon Chong Teik

Follow this link for an authoritative account of badminton in the 50s by a former international.


1949 Malaya Thomas Cup Team

Badminton Past Masters and Legends part 2

Badminton Past Masters and Legends

               Dave Freeman

1984 All England Badminton Championships

Fang Kai Xiang

Eddy Choong on what makes a good badminton player

1986 China Open Badminton

1985 Japan Open Badminton and Seedings/Rankings

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Asian Games Badminton Results 1974 to 1986

Posts by Fallen Angel at 2011-10-8 13:00 Edit

Results of Asian Games Badminton 1974-1986, translated from Fallen Angel's post from chinabadminton

1974 Seventh Asian Games : Iran Tehran
Men's team champion: China Runner-up: Indonesia
Women's team champion: China Runner-up: Indonesia
Men's Singles Champion: Hou Jia Chang Runner-up: Fang Kaixiang
Runner-up: Liem Swie King (Indonesia)
Champion: Chen Yu Niang Runner-up: Liang Qiuxia
Runner-up: Hiro Yuki (Japan)
Doubles Champion: Tjun Tjun / Johan Wahudi (Indonesia) Runner-up: Tang
Xianhu / Chen Tianxiang
Doubles Champion: Liangqiu Xia / Zheng Huiming
Runner-up: Qiu Yufang / Lin Youya
Mixed Doubles Champion:Christian / Ma Sili (Indonesia) Runner-up: Tang
Xianhu / Chen Yu Niang

1978 Eighth Asian Games : Thailand Bangkok
Men's team champion: Indonesia
Women's team champion: China
Men's Singles Champion: Liem Swie King (Indonesia)
Runner-up: Han Jian Runner-up: Luan Jin
Women's Singles Champion: Liang Qiuxia Runner-up: Liu Xia
Doubles Champion: Christian / Chandra (Indonesia) Runner-up: Tang
Xianhu / Lam Sze-chuen Runner-up: Hou Jiachang / Yu-tung,
Fuhan Ping /Huang Wenxing ( Hong Kong, China )
Doubles Champion: Verawaty / Imelda(Indonesia) Runner-up: Zheng
Huiming / Qiu Yufang
Mixed Doubles Champion: Tang Xianhu / Zhang Ailing Runner-up: Yu Yiu
Tung / Li Fang

1982 years of the Ninth Asian Games : New Delhi, India
Men's team champion: China
Women's team champion: China
Men's Singles Champion: Han Jian Runner-up: Liem Swie
King(Indonesia) Runner-up: Chen Changjie
Women's Singles Champion: Zhang Ailing Runner-up: Li Ling Wei
Doubles Champion: Icuk Sugiarto / Christian(Indonesia) Runner-up:
Luan Jin / Lin Jiangli
Doubles Champion: Hwang Sun Ai / Jiang Yunshu (South Korea) Runner-up:
Wu Dixi / Lin Ying
Mixed Doubles Champion: Christian/ Ivanna Lie(Indonesia)
Runner-up: Lin Jiang Li / Lin Ying

1986 years of the Tenth Asian Games : Seoul, Korea
Men's team championship: South Korea
Women's team champion: China
Men's Singles Champion: Zhao Jianhua Runner-up: Yang Yang
Women's Singles Champion: Han Aiping Runner-up: Li Ling Wei
Doubles Champion: Park Joo Bong / Kim Moon Soo (South Korea) Runner-up: Li
Yongbo / Tian Bingyi Runner-up: Chen Hong Yong / Ding Qiqing
Doubles Champion: Lin Ying / Guan Weizhen
Mixed Doubles Champion: Park Joo Bong / Zheng Mingxi (South Korea) Runner-
up: Jiang Guoliang / Lin Ying, Xiong Guo Bao David / Qian Ping

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fair Play and Sportsmanship in Badminton today

Amusing are the number of articles from what are possibly nagging little old ladies bitching about fair play and shportsmanship in badminton today, particularly about withdrawals.But there are two sides of the coin, many fixtures are "fixed" to ensure finalists are not of the same nation, they want teammates to bludgeon each other to death and then finally be put to the sword by rivals.Better still they want teammates to to aggravate each others' injuries so as to put them put each other out of future tournaments.And yet they still complain when teammates meet in finals saying its not entertaining and still curse if the match is abandoned!And if the match is not played competitively they want an explanation! Illogical, well no.

Now all these bitching boils down to what is called in this part of the world "Affirmative Action", strong parties are subject to handicaps to ensure they are not too successful, and sometimes even continue to be implemented for decades after the field has more than leveled!

Many forget that S Series are not the Olympics, played once in 4 years and in an Olympic spirit.Badminton players carry injuries all the time from rigorous training,and could be out if injuries are aggravated as has happened frequently.Players have to meet their quota of tournaments played and accumulate points to qualify for the Olympics.So players will always try to avoid injuries,in fact the most successful players are those who avoid injury and really target the important tournaments.Professionals will be professionals just as in Football or Basketball or Ice Hockey and need to look after their career.Injure themselves just to please the mean fans who in all probability are from the enemy camp? I wasn't born yesterday!

Indonesia has ignored all the NEGATIVES and focused on the POSITIVES, they engage the best coaches to revive their badminton,so has Japan.Bet you all the bleating about bad sportsmanship are from 2 bit nations and fans who know very little about competitive badminton.

As for team spirit and orders, it sometimes does happen with key players, in LD's case he has been instrumental in allowing juniors to replace him, affirmative action if you like , there is continuity and succession in Team China. Just look at the pathetic state in other teams other than Denmark, bitching and blaming but relying on the same old warhorses and not allowing juniors to rise up the ranks.Only the really naive will doubt that any team with such depth will have team orders, and it has been practised in the past by Indonesia for the 70s and 80s.

Well how about this, to further promote fair play and sportsmanship in badminton I propose the following affirmative actions :

1) In Mixed Doubles never target hard shots at the lady, that is unsporting and ungentlemanly
2) Give your opponent time to recover and catch his breath so that he can play you fairly
3) Do not exploit your opponents weakness when you notice he is carrying an injury, that
would not be fair.
4) Give your opponent encouragement and console him when he is mentally weak, that would be
really affirmative.
5) Tell off the umpire and linesman when they unfairly give a bad call to you!
6) In Doubles never pin down the weaker opponent, give them both equal opportunity!

My that is sportsmanship and must be good for badminton (for some that is).And to cap it all
if you swallow all these do the next best thing, be affirmative : GIVE ME ALL YOUR