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Sunday, Apr 27, 2014

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Extra 13 for Asiad

The New Paper | Lim Say Heng | Sunday, Apr 27, 2014

Singapore's badminton doubles pair of Lei Yao (front) and Shinta Mulia Sari lost in the semi-finals of the 27th South-east Asian (SEA) Games at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on 13 December 2013.

SINGAPORE - Badminton women's doubles pair Shinta Mulia Sari and Yao Lei were given the green light by the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) yesterday to compete at the Asian Games in Incheon this September.

The duo were among 13 athletes who appealed successfully after failing the initial selection earlier this month.

"We have been getting better and better as a partnership and are very happy and honoured that SNOC has given us a chance to play in the Asian Games this year," Yao told The New Paper.

The duo are likely to make Singapore's Uber Cup team in India next month, as well as the squad for the mixed team event for the Commonwealth Games in Scotland in July.

The 2010 Singapore Open champions took silver in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and were Singapore's only shuttlers to play in the Asian Games the same year, losing to eventual winners Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei of China in the quarter-finals.

"Of course we would love to equal or better our result at the Commonwealth Games, but the Asian Games is a different story," said Yao, whose partnership with Shinta is ranked 16th in the world.

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