ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: KOREAN AND INDIAN TEAMS DEPLETED
** This NEW SHUTTLENWS REPORT is presented by badminton world champions
YANG YANG (1987 and 1989) and ZHAO JIAN HUA (1991) and by
YANG YANG BADMINTON PRODUCTS **
September 3, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - At the Asia badminton championships now
underway at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Korean and
Indian national badminton teams have been forced to field lineups without
some of their top players.
Korea is missing the services of all their top men's singles players. Park
Sung Woo, the Korean number one, is said to have retired from international
competition and may be playing and coaching for a Japanese club. Kim Hak
Kyun and Lee Kwang Jin, two other top singles players, have been called up
for compulsory national service and are no longer training with the national
squad. The same situation occured with Ahn Jae Chang last year.
India on the other hand is not able to field Pullela Gopichand, the Indian
men's singles champion and Indian Open finalist this year, and Aparna Popat,
the world junior women's singles silver medalist last year. Gopichand and
Popat are coached by Prakash Padukone, the former star player from India who
is seeking to supplant the official Badminton Association of India with his
own recently formed group, the Indian Badminton Confederation.
However, the Asian Badminton Confederation, the organizers of the
championships, and the International Badminton Federation recognize only the
Badminton Association of India as the official body for the sport in India.
As a result, the Indian entries to the Asian championships were handled by the
official Indian association, who have decided not to enter players like
Gopichand and Popat who are associated with Padukone and the new group.
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