Maldivian shuttlers enjoy competition at Asian Games

08:03, November 17, 2010      

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Maldives' Mohamed Sharim and Shaheed Zaki Hussain Zayan's first appearance in the Asian Games lasted for just 12 minutes but they were satisfied with their own performance.

Sharim and Zayan succumbed to Indonesian pair Mohammad Ahsan and Alvent Yulianto Chandra 21-5, 21-8 in the Badminton Men's Doubles round of 32 on Tuesday morning.

"I think I played very well today. The match was hard and our opponents were tough." said Sharim, 23.

Sharim and Zayan formed a makeshift pair for these Asian Games where their three-athlete Badminton team hardly have any chance to score good results.

"We come here to learn, to collect some experience," said Zayan,

Zayan is the runner-up in the national championship while the bronze went to Sharim, who fell in love with the sport after watching Chinese Lin Dan overcoming Malaysian Lee Chongwei for the Beijing Olympics gold.

"So I started to practice Badminton in 2009," said Sharim. He then went through the national qualification to be selected into the national team.

"I work and train five or six days a week. It is tiring but I like it," said Sharim.

Sharim's Asian Games journey has not ended as he is scheduled to meet Chan Yan Kit from Hong Kong, China in the Men's Singles on Wednesday.

As his teammate Ajfaan Rasheed, the national champion, received a walkover from Dinuka Karunaratna from Sri Lanka in the Men's Singles, the Maldivian team is sure to enjoy a longer stay in Guangzhou.

Source: Xinhua


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