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Friday, November 23, 2007

Breaking News - Koreans Stage Walkout! Chen Hong Walks Again!

Incensed at the purportedly biased line calls against them, the Korean pair of Jung Jae Sung and Lee Yong Dae stage a walkover in their Quarterfinal match against Guo Zhengdong and Xie Zhongbo! On another front, Chen Hong walks again!

Angry at the allegedly biased line calls, Jung and Lee decided to stage a walkout while trailing 19-16 in the deciding third set. Reportedly, all the linesmen were from China, and heavily favored China's last bastion in Men's Doubles after the exit of favorites and second seed Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng.

It has been further alleged that the whole Korean team is planning to forfeit their matches in protest. The remaining Korean players in the Quarterfinals of the China Open are Mens Singles player Park Sung Hwan and Women's Singles player Jun Jae Youn, who will face Kenneth Jonnassen and Lu Lan respectively. The matches have yet to commence.

If what the Koreans are claiming are true, then this is a very serious allegation. I have previously called (China The Cheater?) for the BWF (Badminton World Federation) to intervene and investigate the allegations that there appeared to be foul play among the ranks of the Chinese Badminton Association, and I once again, repeat my calls. I hope BWF will be able to claer this matter up with the Badminton community.

In addition to this, Chen Hong, who quit the national team earlier this year, has given a walkover to fellow Chinese player Bao Chunlai. When contacted, Chen refused to comment on this issue. This reeks of match fixing, and I do hope the BWF will look into this too. The match commentator even alluded to the match fixing, saying that Bao will now be able to face his opponent fresher. Once again, to clear the hovering doubts in all badminton fan's minds, I encourage BWF to investigate.

Stay tuned for more breaking news from the Badminton Blog.

1 comment:

Lee said...

line calls have always attracted disputes and anger from any sides. its hard to please everyone. something that is obviously in/out is easy to call...but close calls, usually goes to home player if she/he plays...given the benefit of doubt. but its when something that is obviously out called in and vice versa...thats frustrating... i hope that wasnt the case today but gotta watch the repeat telecast to know...