New Delhi: Chinese officials use unfair tactics to grab Olympic berths for their players and favour them in tournaments held in their home country, top international badminton players, including India's Saina Nehwal, have claimed.
Nehwal, Denmark's Peter Gade and Malaysia's Taufik Hidayat said officials favour local players while playing in China and sometimes these things become too much to swallow.
World number five Saina, who lost to little-known Chinese girl Xiao Jia Chen in the second round of the Asian Badminton Championship last week, said she had been a victim of their unfair tactics.
"Actually, I don't really care when I play in China. When you play in China, sometimes the line calls, umpires, could affect you. It has been happening for so many years. So we (international players) know what to expect there," said Saina, who is taking part in the Sunrise India Open this week. "I am not complaining but in China sometimes, it's a bit too much. It is not only about line calls. They favour some players and their players feel confident because they have got all the backing."...more
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