I haven’t talked much about sports in a while, even though when I started this site I had intended to because I was still in Olympics mode. I simply forgot to check sports sections of Sina, Sohu, etc. However, today I saw this on yahoo accidentally and was pleasantly surprised to hear Bao Chunlai had won the Asian badminton championships , which is rather good considering that most of the dominant players in this game are Asian.
Bao Chunlai, when we last left him, had shaved his hair off and went bald because he didn’t place in the Olympics. Seeing him back to form (ie his good-looking happy self) was really nice. Getting the silver was Chen Long, a tall (189cm), 19-year-old from Xiamen who is the Chinese junior champion, someone people say will be the next Lin Dan, and has already beaten the world number 1.
The Badminton Asia Championships took place Sunday April 12th in Suwon, south of Seoul. Bao Chunlai defeated unseeded Chen Long 16-21, 21-10, 21-16 after overcoming a slow start. China swept three titles.
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I swear there is something in the water for those badminton players, because every single one of the top male players is really good looking. There’s no exaggeration here…Lin Dan, Bao Chunlai, Cai Yun and Fu Hai Feng, and the newer stars Chen Jin and Chen Long. Even more proof? Chen Zheyu from Chinese Prince of Tennis used to be on the national team…
Good Luck to everyone in 2012 and may Chen Long learn from how Bao Chunlai schooled him how to be less cocky after winning just one set, so he can improve and so I can see more of him in 2012.