Writing personally

I was touched when a follower reached out to me this week asking how I’d been. The short answer is negligent, alas! The school holidays are approaching, the weather is getting warmer in Sydney, and I’m still out of badminton due to injury. But I’m keen to examine sports writing because I tend to analyse, and…

Chinese triumph in last Badminton Superseries championship of the year

Chinese teen sensations Jia Yefan and Chen Qingchen have beaten the current world no. 1 women’s doubles pair, Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi, in a major upset at the latest BWF Superseries championship in Dubai. Although the field of badminton women’s doubles has long been dominated by Chinese players,  Matsutomo/Takahashi’s no. 1 ranking marks one of the…

Winners and losers in a tournament

  What makes a good tournament? Organisational management has a big impact on the final outcome. Consistent rules and scoring system, as well as fair play, are important in determining who wins the trophy.   There have been weekly badminton competitions in Sydney over the last month, hosted by different organisers for different purposes. They’re…

2016 Corporate Team Tournament at NBC Seven Hills

They say success in team sports doesn’t just come down to having the best individual players on a team. It comes down to playing as a team, e.g. co-operating with people who may have different skills, styles or abilities. And I learned that teamwork requires good planning, communication and leadership. My team didn’t have the opportunity to meet each…

My first team tournament at NBC Seven Hills

  I’ve been invited to join a corporate team event for the opening of a new badminton hall in the Hills District in Sydney. The newly opened NBC Seven Hills is one of the largest badminton halls in Sydney and Zhao Yunlei will be visiting NBC Silverwater & Seven Hills next week to take photos with members and…

Sydney Badminton International 2016

It’s a pity Australia is so small in the world of badminton. Some say Australia lacks the depth and range of talent and organisational framework to develop truly world class players. Others say a professional career in badminton is virtually impossible here since there’s no money in badminton. Badminton is commonly seen as a hobby in…

The line between gamesmanship and cheating

Competition in sports often involves deception, manoeuvring and exploiting an opponent’s weaknesses. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the desire to win drives players to use whatever means possible. It’s perhaps understandable that pressure and a win-at-all-costs mentality motivates competitors to use gamesmanship tactics.   What is gamesmanship? Gamesmanship can be broadly defined as “the practice of winning games without actually violating rules“. Gamesmanship includes practices used in a…

Wasting time and delays in a match

Delays and time-wasting in a competition happens in sports like football, hockey and tennis. There are legitimate reasons for players to stop playing, but at other times it’s a strategic ploy to disrupt the flow and tempo of a game. Undue delays can be used as a psychological tactic to break an opponent’s rhythm.  Although there are times when acute injuries require medical assistance (such…

Shouting during play is unfair and a bad image for badminton

  Players who shout or grunt when they hit the shuttlecock can gain an unfair advantage. Their shouts can interfere with their opponent’s game, either masking the sound of the shuttlecock being hit by the racquet or distracting their opponent. At least two studies of grunting have found that players who grunt or shriek gain a few advantages over their quieter opponents: They hit…