Badminton: Players' on-court brawl batters Thai image, says official
BANGKOK (AP) - Thailand's top badminton official says he is trying to save the country's tarnished image after an on-court brawl between former Olympics doubles partners last weekend in Canada.
The comments by Charoen Wattanasin, president of the Badminton Association of Thailand, on Friday came a day after the world badminton body opened two disciplinary cases against the players.
Their fight during the Canada Open men's doubles final Sunday was caught on video and had hundreds of thousands of viewers online.
The video showed Bodin Issara lunging at his ex-partner Maneepong Jongjit and chasing him around the court, then onto a neighbouring court before repeatedly punching him and kicking him on the ground.