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No shortage of supporters

THE Malaysian shuttlers may be thousands of miles away from home.  

But they can still count on strong home support from the many Malaysian students here. 

The Youth and Sports Ministry have allocated 50 free tickets, each costing £8 for the preliminary rounds, to be given out daily to the Malaysians who turn up to cheer the players in action. 

The shuttlers can also count on strong support from the VIPs. 

Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat arrived here on Monday to lend support to the players. 

His boss – Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein Onn – is in Dover for the English Channel crossing effort by Malek Mydin and is expected to show up later. 

No match for Russian girls

RUSSIAN pair Elena Schimko-Marina Yakusheva created history, albeit an unenviable one, on Monday when they became the first to be disqualified in a World Championships for not wearing matching shirts.  

They did not even set foot on court, allowing England’s Donna Kellogg-Gail Emms a free passage into the second round.  

The Russians were in the waiting area preparing to go on court when the referee noticed they were not wearing similar attire.  

Schimko was wearing white and Yakusheva was in blue.  

Yakusheva changed her shirt but it did not have her name on the back of it.  

Bad-Mink unveiled

BAD-MINK, the mascot for the World Badminton Championships, was officially unveiled in a short but colourful opening ceremony on Monday.  

Sporting a sly smile, Bad-Mink is also the new England badminton team mascot. England last won a gold medal in the championships through Nora Perry when she partnered Sweden’s Thomas Kihlstrom to win the mixed doubles gold in 1970.  

Twenty years is a long time indeed and it is hoped that Bad-Mink will be able to bring the host team plenty of luck.  

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