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The Badminton World Federation (BWF) is investigating a brawl that broke out in the men's doubles final of the Canadian Open. Thailand's Bodin Issara and his partner Pakkawat Vilailak were issued black cards, meaning disqualification, in the doubles final on Sunday (local time) after the former got into a fight with his 2012 Olympic partner Maneepong Jongjit. Video footage showed Bodin chasing compatriot Maneepong across the court before punching him. Pakkawat and Maneepong's current partner, Nipitphon Puangpuapech (also of Thailand), were not believed to be involved in the scrap. Maneepong and Nipitphon were awarded the men's doubles title following their opponents' disqualification. "The men's doubles final ended in unusual circumstances," BWF said in a statement. "The events surrounding the conclusion of this match will be thoroughly investigated." The Malaysia-based governing body said the matter would be referred to the disciplinary committee, adding the BWF "has procedures in place to deal with such situations". Badminton was hit by scandal at the London Games last year when eight women's doubles players from South Korea, Indonesia and China were disqualified for trying to lose matches. Following that the BWF announced changes to Olympic doubles rules to be introduced for the Rio Games in 2016 to "eliminate any player's thoughts about actively trying to lose a match or matches, irrespective of other match results".
Last Updated on Tuesday, July 23 2013 08:55