New Straits Times » Sport Badminton/World Championships: Hadinata: Draw is unfair Vijesh Rai BIRMINGHAM, July 27: MALAYSIA will have ample support when team officials lodge a protest against the World Championships draw at today’s managers’ meeting in Birmingham. Indonesia, South Korea and China have indicated that they too perceive the draw, which sees several players from the same country in early round meetings, as unfair and they will support Malaysia when a protest is lodged. Indonesian chief coach Christian Hadinata said the International Badminton Federation did not utilise the separation of players from the same countries effectively and they will seek a redraw. "I don't understand how the draw was conducted. Not only are there several countries which will see their players meeting early on, the singles draw, especially, is pretty lopsided with as many as three players from the same country in the same half. "This is unfair, especially as IBF claimed that the nationality separation rule was used. If it was, how then did this happen," said Hadinata when met after training at the National Indoor Arena, the venue of the World Championships. Indonesia's Marleve Mainaky, Sony Dwi Kuncoro and Budi Santoso were all drawn in the same half, leaving only Taufik Hidayat to challenge in the bottom half. China's Xia Xuanze, Bao Chunlai and Lin Dan were all drawn in the bottom half with top seed Chen Hong the only one in the top half. Korea's Park Tae Sang and Lee Hyun Il are in the bottom half, as are Malaysia's Hafiz Hashim, brother Roslin and Lee Tsuen Seng. Malaysia are particularly hard hit as Hafiz and Roslin, should the unforseen not happen, will clash in the second round. This is a pity as both, on their day, can beat the best in the world, as they have proven before. Hadinata didn't come out and say it but the impression he gave was that there is a belief that the draw worked out in favour of the Europeans as the Asians will cancel each other out early. "I am not saying that the draw was tampered with but I certainly believe that more could have been done to ensure a more balanced draw." While it is difficult to see the four Asian teams winning this battle, especially as the competition gets underway tomorrow, a united front will go a long way in bolstering their campaign. It will also help ensure that in the future, IBF conducts the draw in a more balanced manner. Otherwise, badminton will be the loser.