WORLD CUP: TOP DANES, SIDEK OUT; USA'S HAN NOT LISTED
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August 11, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - The top Danish badminton players have
declined invitations to play at the upcoming Sanyo World Cup invitational
tournament scheduled for Yogjakarta, Indonesia from August 20 to August 24,
including world men's singles champion Peter Rasmussen and Olympic men's
singles gold medalist Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen.
Rasmussen has not played in a major tournament since winning the world title
in early June. He is reportedly suffering from an injury sustained in a
Hoyer-Larsen also has not played since the world championships in late May
and early June. Hoyer is said to have played during the world championships
with a foot injury and is now giving the foot time to heal properly. The
Olympic champion though has continued to train at the English National
Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes.
Other top Danes that have declined their World Cup invitations are Jens
Eriksen and Marlene Thomsen, the world championships mixed doubles silver
medalists, Jon Holst-Christensen and Michael Sogaard, one of the top Danish
men's doubles pairs, and the highly-rated women's doubles team of Rikke Olsen
and Helene Kirkegaard. The pair of Marlene Thomsen and Lisbet Stuer-Lauridsen
also declined as did singles players Peter Gade-Christensen, the rising Danish
star and winner of the Taipei Open earlier this year, Thomas Stuer-Lauridsen,
world-ranked at number 10 in men's singles and winner of the Korean Open, and
Camilla Martin, world-ranked at number 6 in women's singles and the Swiss
Malaysia's men's singles ace Rashid Sidek was invited but will not be able to
compete due to a hairline fracture in one of his shins.
Korea's Park Sung Woo, ranked fifth in the world, and Taipei's Fung Permadi,
the World Grand Prix champion, are some of the other top men's singles players
who will not be competing.
Cheah Soon Kit and Yap Kim Hock, the Malaysian men's doubles pair who took
the silver medal at the world championships and who are ranked number two in
the world, are also not playing at the World Cup. Yap had a shoulder operation
after the world championships and is not expected to return to action until
December this year.
China's top players, though, will be participating. World champions Ye
Zhaoying (women's singles), Ge Fei and Gu Jun (women's doubles) and the pair
of Liu Yong and Ge Fei (mixed doubles) are all slated to play in Yogjakarta.
They will be joined by Dong Jiong, ranked number one in the world in men's
singles, and Sun Jun, the world championships men's singles silver medalist.
Host country Indonesia will be represented by their top players like Chandra
Wijaya and Budiarto Sigit, the current world men's doubles champions, Ricky
Subagja and Rexy Mainaky, the Olympic men's doubles gold medalists, Heryanto
Arbi, the 1995 world men's singles champion, Joko Suprianto, the 1993 world
men's singles champion, Susi Susanti, the 1992 Olympic women's singles gold
medalist and 1993 world champion, and also Mia Audina, the 1996 Olympic
women's singles silver medalist.
Indonesian Ardy Wiranata, the 1992 Olympic men's singles medalist, will also
be competing. Wiranata was named late last week as the replacement for Rashid
Because the top Danish men's singles players had declined their invitations
and also because entries from a single country were limited to a maximum of
three in each of the singles events, the invitation list includes players
ranked as low as number 39 (Martin Lundgard-Hansen of Denmark) in men's
singles and number 43 (Takako Ida of Japan) in women's singles.
The USA's Kevin Han who finished in the round-of-16 at the recent world
championships and who is ranked number 32 in men's singles, did not make the
list of World Cup competitors. Players who are ranked behind Han but who made
the World Cup roster include Soren Nielsen of Denmark, ranked 34, Hwang Sun
Ho of Korea, ranked 38, Pullela Gopichand of India, ranked 37, and the
According to knowledgeable badminton sources, Nielsen and Hansen were named
as substitutes for their compatriots Hoyer and Rasmussen. Hwang is the Korean
substitute for Park Sung Woo, while Gopichand may have been picked because he
had made the finals of the Indian Open earlier this year. Ida, the 43rd-ranked
women's singles player, is the Japanese substitute for her sixteenth-ranked
compatriot, Yasuko Mizui.
The roster for the Sanyo World Cup:
Dong Jiong (China), Heryanto Arbi (Indonesia), Sun Jun (China), Joko Suprianto (Indonesia), Ardy Wiranata (Indonesia), Indra Wijaya (Indonesia), Ong Ewe Hock (Malaysia), Luo Yigang (China), Tam Kai Chuen (Hong Kong), Darren Hall (England), Jeroen van Dijk (Netherlands), Thomas Johansson (Sweden), Soren B. Nielsen (Denmark), Pullela Gopichand (India), Hwang Sun Ho (Korea), and Martin Lundgaard-Hansen (Denmark)
Ye Zhaoying (China), Susi Susanti (Indonesia), Gong Zhichao (China), Mia Audina (Indonesia), Wang Chen (China), Kim Ji Hyun (Korea), Lee Joo Hyun (Korea), Cindana Hartono (Indonesia), Pornsawan Plungwech (Thailand), Marina Andrievskaya (Sweden), Judith Meulendijks (Netherlands), and Takako Ida (Japan)
Chandra Wijaya/Budiarto Sigit (Indonesia), Lee Dong Soo/Yoo Yung Sung (Korea), Ricky Subagja/Rexy Mainaky (Indonesia), Choong Tan Fook/Lee Wan Wah (Malaysia), Andreij Antropov/Nikolaj Zuev (Russia), Tao Xiaoqiang/Ge Cheng (China), Peter Axelsson/Par-Gunnar Jonsson (Sweden), and Simon Archer/Chris Hunt (England)
Ge Fei/Gu Jun (China), Qin Yiyuan/Tang Yongshu (China), Rosiana Zelin/Eliza (Indonesia), Indarti Isolina/Denyana Lomban (Indonesia), Nicola Beck/Joanne Davies (England), and Chen Li-Chin/Tsai Huey-Min (Taiwan)
Liu Yong/Ge Fei (China), Trikus Heryanto/Minarti Timur (Indonesia), Imam Tohari/Ema Ermawati (Indonesia), Limpele Flandy/Rosalina Riseu (Indonesia), Peter Axelsson/Catrine Bengtsson (Sweden), and Michael Keck (Germany)/Erica van den Heuvel (Netherlands)
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