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BWF air-con ruling leaves Malaysia hot and bothered

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Published: 16 August 2013
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The Badminton World Federation (BWF) have failed to cool a heated row between Chinese and Malaysian governing bodies over air conditioning during the men's singles final at the world championships on Sunday.

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) were unhappy as temperatures soared at the Tianhe Sports Center in Guangzhou during the showpiece match between their charge Lee Chong Wei and China's Lin Dan.

Lee had taken the first set but struggled in the second before quitting in the third with cramps, with Malaysian media claiming that the air conditioning had been switched off midway through the match to aid Lin.

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Air-con controversy not cool for badminton (pic)

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Published: 15 August 2013
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Badminton and controversy are not exactly strangers but a row involving the air conditioning at the world men's singles final is causing a headache the sport could do without.

The Guangzhou showdown between home favourite Lin Dan, the four-time champion, and Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei, his main rival and the world number one, had the makings of a classic.Lee Chong Wei is stretchered away during his World Badminton Championships final against Lin Dan in Guangzhou on August 11, 2013. Lin's win was overshadowed by the failure of the air conditioning mid-match, fuelling conspiracy theories and possibly contributing to Lee's withdrawal on a stretcher with cramp.

But Lin's win was overshadowed by the failure of the air conditioning mid-match, fuelling conspiracy theories and possibly contributing to Lee's withdrawal on a stretcher with cramp as he faced match point.

"It was so hot inside and Chong Wei was dehydrated. This led to him suffering cramps," Lee's coach Tey Seu Bock told Malaysian newspaper The Star.

"This is not right. The players were suffering. At one point, Chong Wei was struggling to breathe," he added.

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Lee Chong Wei to miss first IBL tie (pic)

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Published: 15 August 2013
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NEW DELHI: World No. 1 and Mumbai Masters' icon player Lee Chong Wei has again delayed his travel plans and will miss his first Indian Badminton League (IBL) tie against the Banga Beats on Thursday.

The Malaysian, who skipped the opening ceremony of the IBL on Wednesday, was expected to arrive in time Friday for his team's maiden outing.

But he has again postponed his travel plans and will be arriving only late at night.World No. 1 and Mumbai Masters' icon player Lee Chong Wei has again delayed his travel plans and will miss his first Indian Badminton League (IBL) tie against the Banga Beats on Thursday.  The Malaysian, who skipped the opening ceremony of the IBL on Wednesday, was expected to arrive in time Friday for his team's maiden outing.  But he has again postponed his travel plans and will be arriving only late at night.

The World No. 1 had retired from the World Championships men's singles final Sunday with cramps against Chinese legend Lin Dan in Guangzhou and is not expected to be in top physical. He has a heavily strapped ankle.

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Thai Badminton Star Defeats Police Chief in Unlikely Mismatch (pic)

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Published: 15 August 2013
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BANGKOK—In the end, it wasn’t quite the humiliation some badminton fans had come to see.

Bangkok’s 60-year-old police chief, Lt. Gen. Kamronwit Toopkracha, put in a creditable performance in an exhibition match against Thailand’s new teenage badminton star, Ratchanok Inthanon, on Wednesday – although that perhaps was because he had recruited Thai international player Grithtin Kridtanukoon to help him in a doubles game against the newly crowned world champion, who was assigned Lt. Gen. Kamronwit’s deputy as her partner.

The police chief’s team lost 2 sets to 1.Thai Badminton Star Defeats Police Chief in Unlikely Mismatch

Since her triumph at the world badminton championships in Guangzhou, China, over the weekend, 18-year-old Ms. Ratchanok has become one of the most recognizable figures in Thailand as well as a bold new face in the badminton world after breaking the dominance of China and other big nations in the sport, South Korea and Indonesia.

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Badminton champ tapped into China to beat it (pic)

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Published: 15 August 2013
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That man beaming in many pictures behind Thai badminton world champion Ratchanok "May" Intanon is Xie Zhihua, her Chinese coach and, for her, a second father. He's been training her for 12 years. The 47-year-old is himself a former national doubles player and counted among his "sparring partners" Li Yongbo, now China's chief coach.That man beaming in many pictures behind Thai badminton world champion Ratchanok "May" Intanon is Xie Zhihua, her Chinese coach and, for her, a second father.

So when May defeated Chinese top seed Li Xuerui in Guangzhou last week to win the world championship, Xie couldn't resist saying to the astonished Chinese reporters, "Do you remember me? I used to be on the national team!"

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