Here's a situation...

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  1. SSSSNT

    SSSSNT Regular Member

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    Lets say Hendra-Ahsan is playing against their countrymen Kevin-Marcus in the semifinals of Indonesian Open. It was a hard fought battle and in the 3rd set, the score is 20-12 for Hendra-Ahsan. Suddenly, Ahsan has an injury just as he smashed to the net. Not a major injury, but will limit him tremendously once the adrenaline wears off. This is something he had experienced before, and will take at least a week to heal.

    Ahsan is faced with a dilemma. On one hand, they almost certainly will win the game if he continues. But, it will almost be a certainty that they will lose tomorrow in the finals against the formidable Chinese pair Li-Liu. He's not even sure if he'll be allowed to play with this injury. He knows that Kevin-Marcus has an excellent record against Li-Liu. So he considers retiring the match due to injury just so Indonesia can get at least a good chance at winning Indonesian Open. Besides, he knew that Kevin-Marcus will certainly reimburse his prize money once they knew of the situation.

    What do you think is the right thing to do here?
     
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    You could significantly worsen an injury in a match, and even (or maybe especially) for a professional badminton player health is of utmost importance. So I could certainly understand resigning the match.

    On the other hand, §4.2.6 of the Player's Code of Conduct and §3.1 of the Code of Conduct in relation to Betting etc. requires one's best efforts to win a match. With only one point left, it's reasonable to be able to win nevertheless, doubly so in doubles. These rules were instituted with the explicit goal of avoiding players letting their countrymen win – the Indonesia Open is supposed to be an individual and not a team event.

    So both resigning and playing on seem valid options to me, although I would have a strong preference for playing on.

    Any kind of backroom deal about distributing prize money is certainly against the spirit of the game and Code of Conduct, and will be rightfully punished by BWF.
     
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    Ouchie Regular Member

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    As they have a proven ability to win with 3 good legs (All England Final 2019)...And they are athletes...

    3 choices
    1. Retire from the match and get no additional ranking points (is that right?) and fail Olympic qualification
    2. Try to lose tactically (risk of punishment from BWF and easily risk winning by accident)
    3. Try to win

    Anyway, this is a ridiculous scenario because Li/Liu are no longer formidable :p :D
     
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    yuquall Regular Member

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    The only problem is that one will lose all the points if they give a w/o or retire against the same country player.
     
  5. whatsthecallUmp

    whatsthecallUmp Regular Member

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    This part is easy.

    Inquire with Ahsan "Are you retiring?" after "Do you need a doctor?"
     

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