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‘I’m just too strong’: badminton player breaks racket on match point – video

Former world champion Viktor Axelsen broke his racket on the winning shot of a match point at the BWF Toyota Thailand Open quarter-finals. He speculated if this was the first time in history it had happened, as he was left with only the handle when he …

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‘We could lose 50% of the game’: netball among UK sports facing grassroots crisis

Badminton, basketball and netball leagues struggle for venuesCalls for UK government to help schools and gyms reopen hallsSports including netball, basketball and badminton have called on the UK government to provide clarity and funding to help them st…

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Service as normal: badminton finest cock-a-hoop to get back to business | Sean Ingle

After cancellations, players are glad to be back on court at the All England Open, even if some are using nods for handshakesThe new normal arrived at the world’s oldest and most prestigious badminton event on Wednesday. Between points of immense speed…

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Commonwealth Games days four and five – in pictures

All the latest images from the past 48 hours of action at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast as gymnasts, swimmers, boxers and weightlifters battle for medals Continue reading…

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Commonwealth Games day one – in pictures

Gymnastics, swimming, cycling and boxing: the world’s best sports photographers capture all the drama from day one Continue reading…

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Badminton and archery get Olympic funding reprieve for Tokyo 2020

• Athletes in badminton, archery, climbing and karate get funding• UK Sport has increased Olympic medal target for 2020 as a resultBadminton is one of four sports to benefit from increased National Lottery funding targeting potential medal-winning athl…

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Sport England boosts weightlifting, badminton, archery and wheelchair rugby

• Additional investment for four sports that lost Tokyo 2020 Olympic funding
• It comes as part of £88m package for grassroots sport

Sport England is planning to soften the blow for four sports that had their elite funding axed last week by providing additional investment to help them bring young talent through.

Related: UK Sport funding axe ‘catastrophic’ for badminton, says chief executive

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UK Sport funding axe ‘catastrophic’ for badminton, says chief executive

• Adrian Christy ‘staggered’ by ‘incomprehensible’ decision
• Cycling takes £4.3m cut as UK Sport wields the knife

The chief executive of GB Badminton has described UK Sport’s decision to axe its funding for the next Olympic cycle as “catastrophic”, with four other sports also set to lose all their exchequer and Lottery funding before the Tokyo Olympics.

Archery, badminton, fencing, weightlifting and wheelchair rugby saw their funding wiped out, while British Cycling’s bumpy year off the track worsened as it suffered a £4.3m cut. UK Sport warned “further conditions” could be applied to that money if the independent review into cycling’s culture, which is expected next month, was critical.

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UK Sport funding axe ‘catastrophic’ for badminton, says chief executive

• Adrian Christy ‘staggered’ by ‘incomprehensible’ decision
• Cycling takes £4.3m cut as UK Sport wields the knife

The chief executive of GB Badminton has described UK Sport’s decision to axe its funding for the next Olympic cycle as “catastrophic”, with four other sports also set to lose all their exchequer and Lottery funding before the Tokyo Olympics.

Archery, badminton, fencing, weightlifting and wheelchair rugby saw their funding wiped out, while British Cycling’s bumpy year off the track worsened as it suffered a £4.3m cut. UK Sport warned “further conditions” could be applied to that money if the independent review into cycling’s culture, which is expected next month, was critical.

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From the streets to the Games: Brazilian Olympians’ extraordinary stories

Badminton star Lohaynny Vicente, boxer Robson Conceição and Greco-Roman wrestler Davi Albino are symbols of the upward trajectory that many Brazilians have aspired to, particularly over the past decade

The daughter of a slain gang leader, a former homeless child and a boxer who had to run 10km to and from the gym because he did not have enough money for the bus fare.

Brazil’s Olympic team – the biggest and most diverse in the country’s history – includes competitors with extraordinary life stories as well as remarkable sporting performances.

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The Agenda: Adcocks’ Rio warm-up and Alberto Contador’s return to Paris-Nice

Husband-and-wife badminton stars compete in the All England Open, while Spanish cyclist saddles up for the second UCI World Tour race of the season

Badminton’s oldest tournament, the All England Open, in its 106th year, begins on Tuesday (coverage from Friday, Eurosport), with the added weight of qualification points for the Rio Games up for grabs. Britain’s premier badminton couple, Chris and Gabby Adcock, are in such form they are all but assured of a place at the Olympics. Although controversially split up for London 2012, back together they won Commonwealth gold in Glasgow and, in December last year, were the first Britons to win a World Cup Superseries title, in Dubai. A strong performance in Birmingham is just the warm-up they need for Rio. In the men’s singles, Rajiv Ouseph, who won his eighth English Badminton Championship in February, is looking to secure a place with TeamGB, as are Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge in the men’s doubles. Scotland‘s Kirsty Gilmour and Ireland’s Chloe Magee will also be competing, as will both singles world champions, Carolina Marin of Spain and Chen Long of China. Tickets are still available at allenglandbadminton.com

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British husband-and-wife team make history at badminton World Superseries

• Chris and Gabby Adcock win mixed doubles title
• ‘I am in shock and I can’t believe we won. I am overwhelmed with emotion’

Chris and Gabby Adcock made more British badminton history by winning the mixed doubles title at the World Superseries Finals in Dubai.

The husband and wife pair were the first British players to make a final at the season-ending tournament and they completed the job with a 21-14, 21-17 victory over South Korea’s third seeds Ko Sung-hyun and Kim Ha-na.

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Sport picture of the day: a smashing time at the Badminton Open

A fast shutter speed freezes Oliver Leydon-Davis mid-flight as he prepares to play a smash back to Lee Jae-jin during an exhibition match that opened the 2015 Badminton Open in Auckland, New Zealand Continue reading…

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Badminton player Lee Chong Wei given backdated eight-month doping ban

• Lee eligible to compete again on Friday after BWF’s decision
• Panel ruled ‘it was not a case of doping with intent to cheat’
• Badminton’s world No1 Lee Chong Wei fails doping test

Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei has been handed a backdated eight-month ban for doping by the Badminton World Federation, keeping alive the former world No1’s hopes of winning gold at the Rio Olympics next year.

The 32-year-old, twice an Olympic silver medallist, had been under a provisional suspension since November after testing positive for the anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone during the world championships three months earlier.

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The Agenda: Katarina Johnson-Thompson has eyes on pentathlon record

Johnson-Thompson competes in the European Indoor Championships in Prague and Mark Cavendish races in Belgium

Having broken two British records in as many weeks – the indoor high jump and the indoor long jump – all eyes are on Katarina Johnson-Thompson as she heads into the pentathlon at the European Indoor Championships in Prague (begins Thursday, Eurosport and from Friday, BBC2). Johnson-Thompson is now the No1-ranked heptahlete in the world and there is a chance she will break Jessica Ennis-Hill’s British record in Prague, with Neil Black, performance director of British Athletics, noting: “I don’t want to put any pressure on Kat but she has got high expectations so I would be very surprised if it [the record] isn’t a target.” But she will be pushed hard by her fellow British competitor in the pentathlon, Morgan Lake, the hugely talented 17-year-old who last year broke the world indoor under-18 record and took two golds at the world junior championships.

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Sport picture of the day: a smashing time at the Badminton Open

A fast shutter speed freezes Oliver Leydon-Davis mid-flight as he prepares to play a smash back to Lee Jae-jin during an exhibition match that opened the 2015 Badminton Open in Auckland, New Zealand Continue reading…

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Badminton world No1 Lee Chong Wei suspended pending doping appeal

Provisionally banned for apparent anti-doping violation I hope to clear my name soon he tells fans Malaysias world No1 Lee Chong Wei in doping test Continue reading…

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Badmintons world No1 Lee Chong Wei fails doping test

Lee faces a potential two-year suspension for all competition Player tests positive for banned substance dexamethasone Continue reading…

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Asian Games 2014: the best pictures

A selection of the best images from the 17th Asian Games. The competition, which took place in South Korea, featured 45 nations competing in 439 events across 36 different sports and disciplines Continue reading…

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Commonwealth Games 2014: 25 of the best photos from Glasgow

Our sport picture editor Jonny Weeks has trawled through the 82,346 photographs we received during the course of the Games to select his favourite shots. Each image comes with an explanation of why it stood out Continue reading…