Up for Discussion by all of you: Here is the scenario... This is all about the spate of walkovers, withdrawals and dropouts that have happened in torunaments all over the world. The biggest and most noticed spate of occurences have been with the China team. What is unique about the Chinese occurrences is that they almost always will happen when one member is due to meet another player from China. There have been just too many "conicidences" and as we know, where there's smoke, there must be fire. BUT, this is not about LD, or LYB or CJ or any Wang... This is about the bigger problem: the existence of this situation and the fact that little has been done to change it. It is an undeniable part of human nature.... If you calculatingly do something that you know is fundamentally wrong or unethical or deceitful, and if you discover that there is nothing to stop you because the laws or rules or strictures do not fully cover it; or that your family or your position is strong enough to discorage anyone else from taking stringent measures against your actions.... what would you do next? Obviously you'd do it again! If you are aware that you are corrupting certain concepts or even your own people by forcing them to become accomplices to your actions, (providing them with ideological or philosophical or maybe even material justification) and if you discover that there is nothing to stop you, what would you do next? You'd do it again! Yes, you should be held accountable for your actions. But then, so should everyone else: for their actions, or their inaction. So yes, LYB may be at the centre of the web, along with his bosses who by virtue of the fact that they do not stop him, offer passive (or who knows, active?) encouragement. And he exerts his force and power on his band of merry men and women, and bends them to his will; either they are with him or they are against him. If against, they are staring at the end of their careers, and possibly a blacklist. If with, they are eternally doomed to have sinned, and having sinned and become sinners, the next time the sinning comes more easily. These people, the players, are almost victims of their circumstance; and it takes a person of exceptional character to break the shackles and take a hard stance against it all. But perhaps the ones who should be most accountble but are not, and who are paradoxically charged with being the custodians of our game, are the BWF. They have had enough time and opportunity to really do something about the regulations and put an end to the mockery, but they choose not to. Why? Because they think it's important for LYB and his band to be present at the OG2012? Maybe. Lets examine what would happen if BWF were to have closed all the loopholes that allow this mockery to continue. Even if it means the complete restructure of how the game is represented. What would happen? Would China stop sending its players to the tournaments? Would they withdraw from badminton worldwide? I think not. They would be forced to play as much and as hard as anyone else. Because they want the world to know how good they are! The question is: do the people at BWF (remember: committees always protect their own existence first; attend to business next, and only if they absolutely must!) really want to do anything that needs to be done, but takes them out of their comfort zone? And finally: where do we stand? By "we" I refer to us, the forumers, the weekend players, the armchair experts, the coaches and linesmen, the sincere followers and fans, the lovers of the sport, the millions addicted to our daily fix of at least a game or two each evening. And all of us who follow the exploits of our heroes and heroines, our idols and favourites. The millions of us in every part of the world. Do we actually have any say in how cleanly or ethically or honestly or bravely the game is played? Are we not stakeholders in this drama? Without an audience, how long would a show run? A handful of people are running this show and none of them know what the other will want to do next. A committee against a man with power in his hands. Its a no-brainer. The man will win. The fallout is the feeling of hopelessness and betrayal.