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China strives for fifth straight Sudirman Cup: coach

Xinhua | Updated: 2013-05-11 13:27

HAIKOU - The Chinese badminton team will try to win their fifth consecutive Sudirman Cup since 2005, said head coach Li Yongbo at Lingshui training base in eastern part of Hainan province on Friday.

London Olympic stars Zhang Nan, Zhao Yunlei, Xu Chen, Ma Jin for mixed pairs, as well as Li Xuerui and Wang Yihan for women's singles, participated in the training, which is a preparation for the upcoming Sudirman Cup to be held in Malaysia from May 19 to 26.

"Players are in top shape since we have been training here for 10 days and no injury has been reported," said Li.

"Air is good and fresh here," said the head coach. "This is our first time to train here and we are planning to come every winter."

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