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Thread: The Walkover Issue
11-29-2011, 12:18 PM #1
The Walkover Issue
Once more the audience have been robbed by a player who Walkover... "it is getting worse and worse... it will only get worse... it is extremely unfair to fans who bought tickets to watch them... it is extremely unfair to sponsors... it is extremely unfair to TV stations who bought the rebroadcasting rights..."
Lee Chong Wei does not want to entertain the paying audinece and walksover to Suppanyu Avihnganon in the first round of Macau Open.
The official excuse is that LCW was lethargic this week and don't want to play as he could risk injuries according to Chin Chai.
Where is the respect for the paying audience who want to see the athletes perform at their best???
What can we do about these players who come up with lame excuses not to play, becuse of tactical reasons???
Read more: Badminton: Chong Wei pulls out from Macau Open - Latest - New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/badmint...#ixzz1f7QJsC5O
P.S. The tone in this post is intended to be ironic... comments of course welcome :-) ...
Last edited by twobeer; 11-29-2011 at 12:21 PM.
11-29-2011, 04:15 PM #2
Personally I think the tour is too demanding. Rightly n wrongly, the players have every right to not play at a competition. Spectators may have bought a ticket but not at the cost of the players risking injuries. On this occasion, LCW should have declared his intention sooner.
11-29-2011, 05:15 PM #3
For once, LCW shows that he can be tactically smart. He is starting to learn.
11-29-2011, 05:23 PM #4
I agree with S.Fusion. LCW should have pulled out of the tournament a lot sooner. However I also believe that the top athletes need to have experience with balancing their mental and physical health with their tournament play. If we think of top Tennis athletes like Roger Federer and Nadal, they play in much fewer tournaments than the rest of the competition.
You can see it here: http://www.atpworldtour.com/Rankings/YTD-Singles.aspx
The top four players can afford to play in 19-20 tournaments because often they will reach the semi's or even win the title because of the huge skill gap between them and the rest of the competition. They don't necessarily need to enter 25+ tournaments because it will take too huge of a physical and mental toll on them while still maintaining their top rankings. Lin Dan has learned how to do this though I will admit he does it half-assed because he enters tournaments and pulls out to allow a walkover for a teammate rather than skipping the tournament entirely.
This practice leads to a very lengthy career as it creates much less of a strain on the player like Federer because he is now 30 years old, yet he's still ranked 3rd in the world and looking to take back #1 next year, or at the very least take a few more grandslams.
11-30-2011, 02:48 PM #5
11-30-2011, 03:43 PM #6
11-30-2011, 03:50 PM #7
He learns it from Chinese team. Any tournament with 2 Chinese opponents there is a 50% chance that happens. I don't blame LCW.
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11-30-2011, 08:40 PM #8
Is it because you have forgot about http://www.badmintoncentral.com/foru...hts-and-wrongs where you stand firm behing the country that do the shameful tactic?
Are you creating this thread just because it was LCW this time that "learn" the tactic? You are afraid he will be stronger and beat your "country"?
Why don't you closed this thread and continue it on the previous thread?
12-01-2011, 04:53 PM #9
12-01-2011, 04:55 PM #10
12-01-2011, 05:33 PM #11
I think the intention to play, or not, should be given a lot earlier.
All England tickets have been on sale ages and I'm sure there would be mass upset if LCW LD PG TH decided they couldn't be bothered.
I'm sure that the training he did during those days was as intense as the matches he would have played anyway.
12-01-2011, 09:39 PM #12
12-02-2011, 05:54 AM #13
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12-02-2011, 12:06 PM #15
Yes, a fine should be weighted.
I have been following Badminton for years. To say that to withdraw from a tournament because of a fear of getting injured is just plain ridiculous.
Players who are afraid of getting injured in sports should not play sports in the first place.
Last edited by chris-ccc; 12-02-2011 at 12:08 PM.
12-02-2011, 12:52 PM #16
I guess this is what they refer to..but I also agree with the poster remarking that LCW really only has had fast 2-set games (apart from the psychological damaging losses against LD) and the overtraining from the tournament should really not be that big factor (I assume his hard trainingsessions during the off-peak training is much more intense than what he gets from walking all over over Wacha, Tago etc. in a 28 or 29 minute workout..
12-04-2011, 07:15 PM #17
Blah Blah Blah, here we go again with some sinophile trying to draw a parallel with LCW's withdrawl and how it somehow cast the behaviour of the Chinese team in a more favourable light. What a load of B.S.
I don't condone what LCW did here, he could have handled it better but let's look at the differences here because there a few and they are key.
1. He withdrew in the first round. He didn't wait until it was favourable to a Malyasian player. He did it early in the tournament not, during a semi-final or final
2. No bullshite, he gave his reason and was up front and honest about it. No baloney about some made up injury. I don't like his reason and I hate his timing but, I can understand his reaoning and his timing could have been far worse.
3. It's an isolated incident. LCW plays in alot of tournaments and how often do you hear about him giving a WO? The reason China draws a lot of ire from fans of the game isn't because of one WO it's because of their pattern of behaviour.
Calling this a "WO issue", what a load of garbage.
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