Editorial – Welcome to the NEW Badzine

Finally, after hours and hours of sleepless nights, we managed to get the new Badzine online just before the Olympic Games. I must thank all the Badzine team who has […]
Finally, after hours and hours of sleepless nights, we managed to get the new Badzine online just before the Olympic Games. I must thank all the Badzine team who has put a great effort to compile datas, to get the old articles back on the new server, to brainstorm on the new layout, the new menu bar, and mostly, to make everything work. Jeff, our webmaster has been working like crazy these past few weeks and he is the one to thank above all !

You will see that we have rebuilt the website mainly around our news and features, and players sections. The novelty lies not only in the layout, but also in three new interesting tools.

 
The first one is our result database, which should shortly enable you to have access to all competition results in a new format, easy to read and fast to get to. Also, we have build our first player database, which, to our knowledge, does not exist anywhere else, with pictures of almost all athletes. This section is currently building up and we intend to get all players from national teams within the next few months. The idea behind this database is to able the players themselves to update it, which should make it a lively database.

Of course, the Olympics will be taking all our time with articles coming everyday thanks to our special correspondent, Jan Lin, who has been accredited on behalf of Badzine to cover the Games. It is, somehow, the clear recognition that our website is widely recognized as one of the media that matters in our sport, and we are delightful to launch a new version just before the Games.

The excitement is building up, some players have already told us that they were really happy about the conditions, the training facilities and the Olympic village, where world stars will be eating, living together with unknown athletes, all in the same quest of participating to an extraordinary meeting.

The Chinese badminton players must be starting to feel the pressure while other nations vow to grab some pieces of the cake – with three Golds in Athens, China could very well make a clean sweep, but Malaysians, Danes, Indonesians are also in the starting block and will be eying at upsets.

For almost three weeks – amongst which 9 days of badminton – we will be enjoying this incredible atmosphere, and we’ll try to make you live it with us through our pictures and articles.

And we wish all athletes good luck for what is probably the most important time of their sporting career.

Pictured (left to right, bottom : Serla Rusli, Jan Lin, Pearlyn Kwang, up : Raphael Sachetat, Shaline Tan)

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Raphaël Sachetat

About Raphaël Sachetat

Raphael is the Chief Editor of Badzine International. He is the founder of the website together with Jean François Chauveau. After many years writing for the BWF and many publications around the world about badminton, he now leads a team of young and dynamic writers for Badzine.