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Badminton stars up their game

The country's top badminton players are stepping up their preparations here in the East, for one of the sport's biggest tournaments.

The All England Championships start next month, with the spotlight falling on the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes.

It promises to be a tougher environment leading up to the next Olympics after a cut in funding for the sport. Donovan Blake reports.

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Milton Keynes Olympic badminton player retires

Nathan Robertson and his doubles partner Jenny Wallwork Credit: ITV Anglia

Milton Keynes-based badminton player Nathan Robertson has announced his retirement from the sport.

It brings an end to an illustrious career, which includes a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games and more than 100 international appearances.

The 35-year-old made his decision after failing to qualify for London 2012.