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Badminton: Indonesian promotes Olympic growth in presidency pitch

Published on Dec 21, 2012 5:20 PM
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A picture taken on July 31, 2012 shows Wang Xiaoli (right) and Yu Yang (left) play a shot during their women's double badminton match against Kim Ha Na and Jung Kyung Eun of South Korea during the London 2012 Olympic Games in London on July 31, 2012. Former Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat on Aug 1, 2012 demanded that the eight women accused of throwing London Games badminton matches be kicked out of the tournament. Indonesian Justian Suhandinata will run for the presidency of the Badminton World Federation (BWF), vowing to strengthen the sport's Olympic standing after a public relations disaster at the London Games. -- PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Indonesian Justian Suhandinata will run for the presidency of the Badminton World Federation (BWF), vowing to strengthen the sport's Olympic standing after a public relations disaster at the London Games.

Current President Kang Young Joong of South Korea said earlier this month he would step down from the role in May after eight years spent increasing participation and developing the lucrative Superseries events.

Suhandinata, who failed in a previous bid to head the organisation in 2001, said he expected a challenge from Malaysian Badminton President Nadzmi Mohd Salleh.

The sport came under fire in London in July when four women's doubles pairs from South Korea, China and Indonesia deliberately played to lose their matches in order to get a more favourable draw.

 
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