Who said badminton wasn’t a contact sport?
Two Thailand Olympic players, who were partners on a London doubles team, got into a fight at the Canada Open at the Richmond Olympic Oval, according to Canadian and Thailand reports.
It was a very one-sided affair.
As you can see from the video, one player (Bodin Issara) began chasing another (Maneepong Jongjit) onto an adjacent court.
Issara got Jongjit on the ground and began punching him in the back before they were separated.
Issara (the instigator) needed two stitches, and both teams were immediately disqualified, according to reports.
The altercation was the lead story on the Bangkok Post website early Monday morning with the headline, “Shuttlecock fight.”
Reports say the two players “glared at each other” and “exchanged several heated words” during a mid-match changeover.
Issara and Jongjit split after making the London Olympic quarterfinals because Issara announced his retirement due to injury and to care for his ailing mother, according to the Bangkok Post.
However, a day later (according to website publishing timestamps) a Badminton publication reported Issara didn’t retire at all. Instead, he was unhappy training at Thailand’s national badminton center and had chosen a new partner.
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Lindsey Vonn‘s episode of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” will air on NBC on Monday at 10 p.m. ET.
From NBC Universal:
“After roaring across crystal-clear waters in a speedboat, Bear and Lindsey must strip down and swim to shore before inching their way along the rugged coastline. After rappelling down a sheer rock wall, the two get inventive and use a spear-gun to traverse a hundred-foot deep chasm. With the sun setting, they collect a dinner of sea urchins and Bear challenges Lindsey to a swimming competition with hilarious results. Along the way Lindsey shares her journey of love, Olympic glory, and displays the focus and determination that has made her one of the most successful female athletes of all time.”
Vonn is returning from a Feb. 27 crash that left her with three significant left knee fractures.
With 76 career World Cup wins, she is 10 shy of the record held by Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark.
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Los Angeles Lakers point guard José Calderón retired from Spain’s national team after playing in his fourth Olympics in Rio.
Calderón, 34, earned silver medals in 2008 and 2012 and bronze in 2016 for Spain, which lost to the U.S. in the medal rounds at each of the last three Olympics.
Calderón is one of five Spaniards to play in the last four Olympic tournaments, along with Pau Gasol, Juan Carlos Navarro, Rudy Fernandez and Felipe Reyes.
Calderón came off the bench in Rio and played 25 minutes total in five of the team’s eight games. He’s entering his 12th season in the NBA.
Gasol, who will be 40 years old come Tokyo 2020, has not determined when he will end his international career.
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