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Ban for brawling Thailand badminton player upheld after appeal (pic)

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Published: 30 October 2013
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October 25 - A two year suspension handed out earlier this year to the Thailand badminton player Bodin Issara has been upheld by a Badminton World Federation (BWF) appeals panel.

Issara was competing in the men's doubles final at July's Canada Open when he was involved in a bizarre altercation with opponent and fellow Thai Maneepong Jongjit - the same player with whom he had reached the quarter-finals of London 2012.

Following a warning from the referee for a verbal altercation earlier in the match, Issara chased Jongjit onto a neighbouring court during a change in ends,before tackling him to the ground and viciously punching him several times to leave him needing two stitches.Coaches desperately try to break up the remarkable brawl between the two badminton players during the doubles final of the Canada Open in July

Issara was pulled off his former teammate and held down by staff as Jongjit was escorted - now shirtless - off court.

Following an investigation by the BWF and the Badminton Association of Thailand (BAT), Issara was found to be the main aggressor and was handed a two-year ban from the sport.

He had breached a number of sections of the BWF Players' Code of Conduct regarding inappropriate conduct, oral abuse, physical abuse, unsportsmanlike conduct, and conduct contrary to the integrity of the game, it was found. 

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Design for indoor arena at Kai Tak 'inadequate' for badminton events (pic)

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Published: 30 October 2013
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Proposed new venue in Hong Kong falls short of seats required to stage high-profile international events such as Sudirman Cup

The design proposal for a multi-purpose indoor arena on the former Kai Tak airport site would deny thousands of fans access to high-profile events, said Hong Kong Badminton Association chairman Tong Wai-lun on Monday.China's Li Xuerui, the London Olympic Games women's singles gold medallist, will compete at the Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open in November.

Although the government's new facility could accommodate up to seven courts, it would seat just 4,000 fans, 1,600 less than the Hong Kong Coliseum, which is the existing principal venue for top events such as the annual international Badminton Superseries. Even though the Coliseum can host up to 12,000 for sports such as volleyball, which requires one court, that drops to just 5,600 for big badminton tournaments that need multiple courts.

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Nigeria Wins Badminton Championship Top Prizes

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Published: 30 October 2013
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Nigeria emerged winners of the Nigeria International Badminton Championship after picking all the titles on offer in the tournament.

Jinkam Boulos and Fatimah Azeez won the male and female singles titles respectively.

Nigeria also won the men and women's doubles and mixed doubles to win the 5,000 dollars prize money.

The players expressed delight on the tournament, saying it's was a way to improving their rankings.

They blamed their inability to attend international competitions on lack of funds, pleading that the government and corporate bodies should come to their aid.

Vice President of the Nigeria Badminton Federation (NBF), Francis Orbih, said that hosting the championship will not only give the country a voice in the sport but also update the playing skills of Nigerian players.

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Teck Zhi bounces back Soo-perbly (pic)

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Published: 30 October 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Asian Junior champion Soo Teck Zhi bounced back from a disappointing performance in the mixed team event by easing into the third round of the individual event at the World Junior Championships in Bangkok on Wednesday.

Teck Zhi failed to beat Indonesia’s Christie Jonatan in the quarter-finals of the team event as Malaysia lost to Indonesia 3-1.

The top-seeded Teck Zhi, however was in fine form en route to dispatching Mexico’s Luis Garrid 21-11, 21-12 in the second round in just 23 minutes.Malaysia's Soo Teck Zhi beat his second round foe, Mexico's Luis Garrid, in just 23 minutes to enter the third round of the boy's singles event where he will face Taiwan’s Yang Sheng-Jie for a place in the quarter-finals.

The 18-year-old, who received a first-round bye, faces Taiwan’s Yang Sheng-Jie next.

“It was a good match (against Garrid) and I played well,” said Teck Zhi in a text message.

Team-mate Soong Joo Ven also made the third round – but not before struggling to get past Sweden’s Felix Burestedt 22-24, 21-16, 21-17.

“My opponent played really well and was really good at the net.

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Watch out for kid Jonatan at juniors (pic)

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Published: 30 October 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie is only 16 years old but the boys’ singles shuttler is creating a stir in the ongoing mixed team event in the World Junior Championships in Bangkok.

And Malaysia’s Soong Joo Ven sees the new face as one of his rivals for the individual title.

The individual competition starts on Monday. Boy to watch. Indonesia's Jonatan Christie could make a star turn at the on-going World Championships in Bangkok when the individual events begin on Monday.

Yesterday, Jonatan, who looks mature for his age, did his country proud when he upstaged Shi Yuqi 21-14, 21-18 to deliver a crucial point to help Indonesia beat defending champions China 3-2 in the semi-finals of the mixed team event.

The youngster had, on Thursday, torn apart Malaysia’s Asian junior champion Soo Teck Zhi in the quarter-final tie. Malaysia eventually lost 3-1.

Joo Ven said that Jonatan had improved since joining the Indonesian national team this year.

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