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    Default Can an umpire do this?

    If like a player got injured like a knee-injury half-way during the match, but insisted to play on but he could move very well but he is still trying his best to play.

    Can an umpire stop the match and declare a forfeit to the the injured player's opponent?

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    No. It's not the umpire's role to decide whether a player should play on through injury.

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    nod. In the SunJun versus Peter Ramussen match, the umpire gave sunjun gave a long break time for sunjun to try to work off his muscle spasm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooler
    nod. In the SunJun versus Peter Ramussen match, the umpire gave sunjun gave a long break time for sunjun to try to work off his muscle spasm.
    Good example cooler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooler
    nod. In the SunJun versus Peter Ramussen match, the umpire gave sunjun gave a long break time for sunjun to try to work off his muscle spasm.
    It was a very controversial call by the umpire of that match to allow such an extraordinary time for Sun Jun to attempt to recover from cramps. Typically that much time will not be allowed. In addition cramping is not considered an injury; cramping is caused by not being fit enough to play. Therefore, typically a very short time is allowed to recover, like a couple of minutes. If the player is not able to stand up and continue umpire will have to default the match against the cramping player. Of course, it is always umpire's judgment call. However, if the player is able to stand up and continue even with a very slow manner, the umpire must not declare a forfeiture.
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    Sun Jun was very lucky in that match, he was really tired and was given time to rest as he recover from his cramps.


    Thanks for answers, i used to think that umpires are allowed to stop the match when a player is too seriously injured to continue but decided to fight till the end.

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    Didn't Sun Jun start that match with a leg injury?
    Is that the one where he had it bandaged up and the bandage kept coming undone?

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    I think the umpire must be fair to the opponent. Allowing the 'injured' a relatively long time gives him an undue advantage to recover his strength and stamina at the expense of his opponent.

    Of course it is the discretion of umpire as to what is reasonable time for injuries, minor or major. He will have to record the time taken for the suspension of play. He should consult the Referee if he thinks the 'injured' is taking too much time and a decision should be made as to whether the player should continue play or the match awarded to his opponent.

    If the injury is determined to be bad, as when bleeding appears from the wound, a doctor should be summoned to assess the situation and his decision should be seriously considered to avoid further injury, hopefully not fatal, to the injured player. A walkover should be given to his opponent if the injury is indeed serious. The manager of the injured player should heed the advice of the doctor so as not to put his charge under unnecessary dangers later.
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    [quote=Loh]I think the umpire must be fair to the opponent. Allowing the 'injured' a relatively long time gives him an undue advantage to recover his strength and stamina at the expense of his opponent.quote]

    the opponent gets to rest also...

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    [QUOTE=blueagle]
    Quote Originally Posted by Loh
    I think the umpire must be fair to the opponent. Allowing the 'injured' a relatively long time gives him an undue advantage to recover his strength and stamina at the expense of his opponent.quote]

    the opponent gets to rest also...
    True, but the 'injured' needs the rest more badly. If the game is not suspended, the injured's progress may be shortlived and he may be more adversely affected than his opponent.

    That's why even in the request for towelling down by a player, the umpire will have to assess the situation to be fair to his opponent. And you might have seen some strict umpires saying 'no' to the persistent player. Players have been known to take advantage of this to 'rejuvenate' themselves.

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