Ranking the most interesting moments in badmintonLast updated on Oct 15, 2019, 11:00 am
The sport of badminton is mostly known to be a quick and silent one, as players usually tend to involve themselves in the task at hand, which is winning their match against their respected opponent.
However, just like every other sport, there have been a number of controversies in the sport, as we take a look at some.
Lin Dan tries to attack coach
During the 2008 Korean Open final, Chinese player Lin Dan was beaten by Lee Hyun-il, courtesy some controversial line calls.
As Dan complained to the umpire during the match, Hyun-il's coach Li Mao said something which the former did not approve of.
This led to a war of words as Dan tried to physically assault Mao before being intervened by the officials.
The walkover involving Chinese players
While China dominate the sport of badminton overall, the players form the nation have been accused, over the years, for being complacent when playing their compatriots.
As per a survey in 2015, 20% of the matches between Chinese players remain incomplete.
It is being accused that the Chinese intentionally do it to keep themselves injury-free and avoid fatigue, citing other global competitive tournaments.
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Accusations of air-conditioning being turned off during 2013 World Championships
The 2013 World Championships final saw Dan win his fifth championship after Lee Chong Wei retired due to cramps.
Meanwhile, Wei's coach accused that the air-conditioning was turned off, leading to the former suffering cramps, as TV replays showed spectators fanning themselves.
However, the organizers retaliated, saying that the air-conditioning was fully functional and the rising temperature was due to an increase of spectators.
Strategic plan to throw away matches during 2012 Olympics
During the 2012 London Olympics, as many as eight female players were accused of throwing away their matches for a relatively easier draw in the quarters.
While four pairs were disqualified for violating Olympics principles, they defended it as a part of their strategy.
China's Yu Yang was so disappointed with the call that she retired from the sport, immediately.
Bodin Issara fiercely brawls against Maneepong Jongjit
Arguably, the most controversial moment in badminton has to be when during 2013 Canada Open, Bodin Issara was pitted against his regular team-mate Maneepong Jongjit in the doubles final.
However, they were involved in a verbal spat as Jongjit hit Issara with his racquet.
Issara then chased Jongjit and rained punches on him, before being separated by officials.
Issara was handed a two-year suspension.