Umpires Complain post-Beijing Olympics

In spite of China’s clear success during these Olympics, some umpires have voiced their concerns about some pressure they felt during the competition. India’s Economic Times of India reported that […]

In spite of China’s clear success during these , some umpires have voiced their concerns about some pressure they felt during the competition. India’s Economic Times of India reported that one of their international Umpires, Girish Natu, had been troubled by Chinese officials during the recent badminton event held in Beijing University of Technology.

By Badzine staff. Photo: Badmintonphoto


India’s Oympic Umpire Girish Natu  (photo) was recently quoted in one of India’s national newspapers (Economic Times of India) about the behavior of Chinese officials during the competition : “Such incidents often occurred when Chinese players were playing non-Chinese opponents. We felt like we were being put to test all the time and Chinese were right. Li Yongbo, the coach of the Chinese badminton team refused to accept decisions that were given in favour of the non-Chinese opponents and created a hue-and-cry on the decisions,” said Natu, a BWF-certified umpire.

I was not the only one put through the ‘test of being fair’, but several others also faced Yongbo’s,” Natu explains. According to Mr Natu, other umpires such as Hakan Fosto of Sweden (one of BWF’s certified umpires) – attending his fourth Olympics – and Japanese Tomoharu Sano.

Yongbo once walked up to onto the court (playing area) and grabbing Fosto’s arm and threatened him, when he had ruled against the Chinese. He came up to me during the interval and threatened me to meet him first before I stepped out” added Natu.

This problem was voiced amongst umpires during the event and the question had been raised during umpires’ briefings on many occasions.

On the other end, all players and Umpires voiced their satisfaction with the line judges, both local and international, for what had been one of the main concerns prior to the event.

Here is the link to the ETSunday Article

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