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INTERVIEW: Chen Kang, Badminton Coach

Dev Sukumar
EXPERT COLUMNIST
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1.20K   //    24 Nov 2012, 14:48 IST

Chen Kang, former World Championships silver medallist and member of China’s formidable badminton team, talks of the training regimen that has helped them dominate badminton as no other country has. Chen left home for the national camp when he was 12. He was the contemporary of greats like Yang Yang, Zhao Jianhua, Li Yongbo and Tian Bingyi. After his retirement in 1994, he was associated with the Australian team before joining Chinese Taipei, and has already created an impact, with Taipei producing several top-class players. Chen Kang sheds some light on a training system that’s little known to the world outside.

Dev Sukumar
EXPERT COLUMNIST
Dev S Sukumar is the recipient of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Media Award, 2011. He is India's most widely travelled badminton writer, having covered several international tournaments, including the Olympics, the Asian Games, the CWG Games, World Championships, the All England, the Denmark Open, the Malaysia Open, etc. He has covered badminton for over ten years now. During this period he has met fascinating characters, witnessed great matches, and has authored a biography of Indian badminton great Prakash Padukone. He has written on the game for several publications, including Sports Illustrated, Mint, Badminton Asia magazine, The New Indian Express, Hindustan Times, DNA and IANS. He tweets at twitter.com/shuttlemania
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