Looks like you may be right about Yonex.Yonex no longer sponsors the KOR team.LYD is now the envious vehicle for Victor.Congrats ,Victor! Badminton is very much an underrated sport.Top badminton stars going independent is the way to go to lift up the commercial value of badminton.Yonex has gotten away with paying so little for badminton excellence and getting away with so much.The fact that its less lustrous competition is able to outbid it in these times is proof. It's true that the 'solid' big boys fall the hardest because they have the most to lose. Just like in a tsunami, the richer coastal areas are at highest risk to lose everything while the inner areas remain unscathed in a direct way.So too in a financial tsunami, there will always be competition less hit and hence able to take advantage of situations like now to continue the relay. In fact these times may be opportunities for badminton to figure as marketing platforms for brands that have never considered it before.They will realise that for an affordable investment,they can get better returns from badminton. It's just like some brands actually do better in challenging times.The top luxury brands suffer but the next tier may reap from that fallout. Can you imagine if LCW should go independent and a non-Yonex brand sponsors him? I wonder if Yonex pays LCW enough.