2013 Wang Lo Jai BWF World Championships
Ok so, I have finally come back from the dead trying to get back into the swing of things after that 12hr difference trying to follow the 2013 Wang Lo Jai BWF World Championships held in China. Here in Barbados I had to be up at 1:00a.m. to view live streaming coverage to take in all of each day's action. It was not easy but it was definitely worth it. I had so much fun commenting on our Facebook Group page about the semis-finals and finals matches and even got a new friend from Indonesia in the process. The best thing - obviously, the badminton.
I think we should feel blessed and proud with our sport of choice as our elite players whom would have competed in China last week were truly inspiring. Some amazing badminton was played during the competition Congratulations to the winners, other medalists and participants. They should feel proud of their efforts. Thank you to all as well!
Kudos to the BWF, the organizing committee and all those who made the event possible. Special thanks to those providing the live streaming as I would not have been able to watch if not provided. There is nothing like watching a sporting event live. The only thing that would have made it better would have been to be there. I am already thinking about the next Worlds.
It would take me however to speak about each match that I saw so I won't. On the day of the finals the mixed doubles, women's singles and men's singles matches stood out most in my mind. In the mixed, the Indonesians held their nerve to come back from the brink of defeat to triumph. Intanon displayed poise and a level of maturity despite her age to defeat Li on her way to becoming the youngest World champion and the first ever from her country Thailand.
|Mixed Champions: Ahmad/Natsir|
As far as for the dream final, it did not disappoint. I know I am somewhat biased being a Lin Dan fan but I think he demonstrated why he is considered the best badminton player currently or ever. In truth both he and Lee Chong Wei played well but for me Dan always takes his game to another level when needed. For Dan, it's his 5th title and therefore kudos to him. It was sad that Chong Wei had to retire hurt just before the end but we can only wish him well and for a speedy recovery.
|Lin Dan: 5-Time World Champion|
Photo Credit(BWF FB page): BadmintoPhoto