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Video: New footage of badminton fight shows racket, chair used as weapons; players comment

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More details have come to light regarding a badminton fight in Canada on Sunday thanks to a more detailed video of the incident.

A video lasting 2 minutes, 6 seconds, of what appears to be TV coverage of the match in Richmond, B.C., shows why Thailand’s Bodin Issara required two stitches.

The initial video from Monday was merely 24 seconds and only caught the second half of the altercation between Issara and his London Olympic doubles partner, Maneepong Jongjit. Issara and Jongit are no longer partners and were playing against each other in the doubles final in Canada.

Details on why they are no longer partners here.

In the new video, Issara and Jongjit are shown exchanging words following a break after the first set. Issara then took a couple swings at Jongjit and began chasing him around the court.

As he was being chased, Jongjit turned back and swung his racket at Issara’s head, striking it twice.

Jongjit leapt over a barrier between the court and the crowd. Issara followed suit and somehow wound up with a chair in his hands, which he immediately threw toward Jongjit.

Yesterday, we wondered why Issara, the instigator who took Jongjit to the ground and began punching him, needed stitches.

Now we know. The end of the video shows Issara’s bloodied ear, no doubt the result of those racket swings.

Issara’s team was disqualified, and the victory awarded to Jongjit, according to the Bangkok Post. Issara’s partner said Jongjit provoked him by showing him his middle finger, according to the newspaper.

Badminton Association of Thailand president Charoen Wattanasin said the fist fight was the most embarrassing incident in Thailand’s badminton history.

He described the incident as the worst in his decades-long career as a player and an official, and said the duo could face a life ban by the BWF.

“I have been in badminton for 58 years and never seen anything like this. It is very bad and causes damage to our reputation,” said Mr Charoen.

“(Issara) asked us why we were very noisy and then challenged me to a fight several times,” Jongjit told the Bangkok Post. “At the end of the first set, he came straight to me and punched me.”

Issara apologized.

“I am taking sole responsibility for the incident, although I was hit in the ear by a racket,” said Issara, whom the newspaper reported needed five stitches rathern than two. “I lost my cool. I want the matter to end here.”

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MLB Players Association head says ‘continuing dialogue’ about 2020 Olympics

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SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The head of the Major League Baseball Players Association says it will be difficult for big leaguers to participate at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Baseball returns to Olympics after a 12-year absence for the Tokyo Games, which are scheduled for July 24-Aug. 9 — in the middle of baseball’s season.

“There are challenges with the schedule, and there are challenges with major leaguers being involved,” Tony Clark said Thursday at the Baltimore Orioles’ spring training camp.

In 2008, players on major league 25-man rosters and disabled lists on June 26 were ineligible to play. The U.S. roster included 17 players from Triple-A, seven from Double-A and college pitcher Stephen Strasburg, now with the Washington Nationals.

“It doesn’t mean that we are not continuing to have dialogue. We have going back. We will going forward. Where we land, I don’t know,” Clark said. “One of the things we were able to discuss during this round of bargaining were some additional flexibility in the schedule moving forward. Maybe there are some opportunities for a broader discussion than there have been a year ago. We’ll have to wait and see. We haven’t had that kind of substantive sit down yet.”

Many players are preparing for the fourth edition of World Baseball Classic, an international tournament launched in 2006 that is co-owned by Major League Baseball and the union. Clark hopes to see a fifth edition in 2021.

“I see no reason at this point why it wouldn’t,” he said. “I’m hopeful it continues, understanding that the world we live in four years from now may be different from the one we’re in now.”

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Lance Armstrong’s $100 million trial set for November

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lance Armstrong‘s $100 million legal fight with the federal government has been set for a November trial.

U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper on Thursday set a Nov. 6 trial start in Washington. Armstrong’s legal team had asked to postpone trial until 2018 because of a potential scheduling conflict.

The government wants Armstrong to pay back the $32 million the U.S. Postal Service paid his team for sponsorship, plus triple damages.

Armstrong’s former teammate Floyd Landis initially filed the whistle-blower case in 2010, accusing him of violating the sponsorship contract by taking performance-enhancing drugs. The government joined the case in 2013 after Armstrong admitted cheating and was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and 2000 Olympic bronze medal.

Landis, who was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title for cheating, could collect up to 25 percent of damages awarded.

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