"Many foreign talents who migrate to 'greener pastures' often make an impact on their adopted countries by excelling and working hard to remain at the top, particularly for China-born women badminton players. Below is a writeup extracted from Agence France-Presse, Den Bosch, Netherlands, which is reported in our Straits Times today: Xu Huaiwen, the China-born world No. 5, has become the latest and most unusual sign of how Asia is dominating the Olympic sport of badminton. Xu's success in the Dutch city of Den Bosch on Sunday made her the third successive player born and bred in an Asian country to have won the European women's singles title. The 30-year-old from Guiyang did that by winning the final 15-21, 21-9, 21-16 against Mia Audina Tjiptawan, the Olympic silver medallist. It was her reward for regular practice against men since moving to live near the Olympic centre in Saarbrucken four years ago. A naturalized German, Xu had already become the first player from her adopted country to have won a world championship medal - a bronze in Anaheim, California, in September. Her predecessor as European women's champion was Mia, who won the deciding encounter for her native country of Indonesia in the Uber Cup world team final at the age of 14. She later moved to The Netherlands after marrying Tylio Lobman, a Dutch gospel singer. Mia has represented The Netherlands for the last six years and became the second Asian-raised player to win the European title, in Geneva in 2004, when she too defeated a defending champion. That was her Dutch compatriot Yao Jie, another former Chinese squad member. There could be other emigrants who may become European champions. One of them is Pi Hongyan, the world No 4 from France who originated from Chongqing in China. More players may take the gamble of moving to the West, attracted by guaranteed funding to overseas tournaments because there is less competition for this than in their home countries." And I may add, more foreign coaches too, mainly from China and Indonesia.