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There were a lot of news stories out in February in the badminton world. This was mostly off the field, but on court – Finland hosted European Mixed Team Championship To keep our badminton cravings satisfied.
2021 European Mixed Team Championship
February 2021 saw the European Mixed Team Championships take place in a dramatic fashion. As the title holders, Denmark automatically qualified for the event, while Finland also qualified as the host nation automatically.
Entering this event, there is only one team that would actually have taken the title. Denmark is the best European country and the only European country that constantly challenges Asian dominance in sports. However, watching the tournament, there were some really strong competitors in some other countries who were looking forward to a bright future ahead of them.
In particular, Denmark’s opponents in the final – France were especially impressive. Russia and Germany have been the strongest competitors to Denmark for the past four or five years. However, this year was different. France He won his first ever European medal.
However, even though they lost 3-0 to Denmark In the finals, they are a rapidly improving nation. Thom Gicquel and Delphine Delrue, who, as a singles pair, were tough contenders for World Tour titles. As I write this, they have won the Swiss Open! (which will be covered in the March edition of this)!
UNIX sponsorship returns to Team China
This was news in January. It was officially announced by Yonex at the beginning of March. So I’m hitting the middle ground here! No complaints!
Yes, it’s Yonex now sponsor From the Chinese badminton team, 12 years after Li Ning was hired as sponsor. Superstar Lin Dan He was the only Chinese previously sponsored by Yonex in a move that will be revealed later as part of their Legends initiative. But now the whole team will be supplied by Yonex again.
Personally, I liked a lot of Li-Ning’s lineup but feel that the biggest badminton sponsorship deal is coming to an end, the demand for their rackets may be dropping as well. That’s a shame because, although they are expensive, they have made some great rackets. Visually, colorful wind storm 72 It was my favourite. They offered other good mid-range options like A 800. They never seemed to give enough information about their rackets, which turned off a lot of people.
Malaysia is re-evaluating its team
After a long period of what might be called unfavorable results, BAM decided in February to part with a number of players – who have since become independent.
distance performance review, a number of players, including Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Lai, find themselves facing an axe. Malaysia certainly did not live up to the overall level, including the independent players, for a few years at the top level. However, those who became independent appeared to be slightly better off than those within the BAM structure.
There is talk among Malaysian fans that the problems with Pam stem from the top of the organization and not from the players themselves. Yes, the players are responsible for delivering a good performance but the leadership also needs to be present to facilitate that. A good example of this is how Park Joo Bong set up the structure to become the head coach of the Japanese team – which has now replaced Malaysia as one of the strongest badminton teams in the world.
Interestingly, former Malaysian double mixed coach Jeremy Jean is one of the success stories in Japan and has worked wonders with Watanabe and Higashino.
Of course, I don’t know the inner workings of the organization, but if you have players outside the structure who do a better job than those inside, there could be a problem…
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Finally, it seems all england Go ahead! And even more exciting, it looks like Japan will participate! However, China, Korea and Hong Kong chose not to send any representatives this year. Also the jury is out on whether I’ll be able to add to my collection of All England Tshirts!
This time last year we had the last tournament before Covid shut down the badminton scene so let’s hope nothing gets in the way of this year’s tournament!
Of course, all eyes will be on Kento Momota who was previously unable to attend previous tournaments in Thailand due to Covid-19 infection. That would make it more than a year since he won his last title. Is he tournament ready against Viktor Axelsen who has played four tournaments so far this year? Not that we crossed out the likes of Ginting, Lee Zii Jia and Anders Antonsen, but I think there is a clear finale that everyone wants to see.
She’d be hard-pressed to vote against Carolina Marine to win the title, she’s ruthlessly passed every opponent before her so far this year, but with Okuhara and Yamaguchi’s All England inclusion there is an additional barrier to cross.
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In men’s doubles, Indonesia disciples Returning to tournament play, with their first two rounds appearing as a formality. We’ll also be keeping an eye on the Elders, Ahsan and Setiawan, as well as Endo and Watanabe (who both have a positive win percentage vs. the Minion). The Indian pair of Ranireddy and Shetty are also a fast-moving pair. With Matthias Poe at the helm of the men’s doubles in India, they may be a force to be reckoned with across England this year.
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In the absence of South Korea, Japan is the favorite to win the women’s doubles title – especially with three pairs in the top 10. However, they face stiff competition from Polii and Rahayu from Indonesia and Thai pair Jongkolphan Kititharakul/Rawinda Prajongjai. House favorites Lauren Smith and Chloe Birch will also be looking to use the house advantage to their advantage!
In mixed, well the floor is open. Previous title winners, Watanabe/Higashino as well as Jordan/Octaniante, make a strong case for claiming the title. However, both pairs did not play the last tournaments while the other ranked pairs played. French duo Jequiel and Delrue are sure to have a new opportunity after winning the Swiss Open.
Yonex usually launches a new racket around the pan of England in the same way as the launch Astrox 100 But I haven’t heard any noise this year. Maybe someone who knows can tell me if there are any rumors circulating!
And that’s all I have news for now! Who are your favorite candidates across England? Let me know in the comments below! Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog for more badminton content and follow me Instagram And the Facebook social networking site For more badminton information!
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