Danish badminton ace Finn Kobbero dies

Finn Kobbero, one of badminton`s most successful players in the 1950s and 1960s, has died, his family said today. He was 73.

Copenhagen, Jan 23: Finn Kobbero, one of
badminton`s most successful players in the 1950s and 1960s,
has died, his family said today. He was 73.

The Danish player died Wednesday. The cause of death was
not announced.

He won 15 titles at the All England Open Badminton
Championships between 1955 and 1966.

The quick and technical agile Dane won the championship
six times in the men`s double with Joergen Hammergaard Hansen
and once with Poul-Erik Nielsen. He grabbed the mixed double
title eight times -- four wins each with Kirsten Thorndal and
Ulla Strand.

Kobbero reached three All England men`s singles finals,
losing twice to fellow Dane Erland Kops and once to Eddy Chong
of Malaysia.

At home, he won the Danish championship 22 times,
including four singles titles, nine in the men`s double and
nine in the mixed doubles.

In 1986, Kobbero was given the Badminton World
Federation`s Distinguished Service Award, and was included in
the Badminton`s Hall of Fame in 1987.

His funeral was planned for tomorrow.

Bureau Report

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