So berichtete die Presse vom skandalösen Finale im Mannschaftswettbewerb der Herren zwischen Südkorea und Indonesien
Bericht auf der IBF-Website World Badminton Online vom vom 9.10. 2002:
Korea win gold in controversial Asian Games team final
report by Tim Maitland, Busan
09/10/2002 : Korea won the gold medal in a controversial final of the men's team tournament, beating Indonesia 3-1 in a tie marred by a two-hour long walkout by the Thomas Cup holders.
The flashpoint happened during the first match of the tie when Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat picked up his bags and stormed off the court.
Desperate to avoid declaring the match, and even the entire final, a walkover for Korea, Asian Bad-minton Confederation (ABC) officials entered into lengthy negotiations to try and complete the tie.
Eventually a face-saving compromise was reached, in direct contradiction to IBF regulations, in which the line-judges remained but with the umpires allowed to overrule their decisions.
"Because of the significance and importance of this competition we had to make an exception," ex-plained Datuk Punch Gunalan, the General Secretary of ABC and an IBF vice-president.
"We knew the problem of using linesmen from the host country existed. It has never happened to this extent, but we have let it flow. Now it has blown up in front of thousands, millions of people and this a virtually a world championship."
The decision to continue brought an angry response from the Korean head coach Kim Jong-soo, wor-ried about the effect it would have on future tournaments. "This game should have been called a victo-ry for Korea. This is not a good precedent to set," he said.
One game down and trailing 9-12 in the second against Korea's world number seven Shon Seung-mo, Taufik slammed his racquet to the floor after his smash was ruled out and, while one member of the Indonesian delegation was taking off the linesman Kim Chang-lee's spectacles, he walked out of the main arena.
"I think it's better to stop. It's useless to complete the game. It's not fair. I don't want to play," the world number 14 declared as controversy stormed around him.
"There were three dubious calls in the first set and two more in the second, but always on the critical points, only on the critical points," raged Chaerul Tanjung, the president of the Indonesian badminton association, PBSI.
Taufik returned to the arena after 45 minutes, but then a further hour and fifteen minutes were spent with the match referees shuttling between officials from both countries trying to find a compromise over the line-judges.
"If the Korean target is just to take the gold medal, then OK we will give it to them. We are very glad to give it to them. Write that down and underline it," Chaerul instructed reporters as the debate raged.
When the game eventually recommenced Taufik claimed the second game, but there was further con-troversy over another line-call at 10-13 in the third, which sparked a shower of plastic bottles thrown by a group of around 50 Indonesian fans, needed the intervention of a dozen policemen and resulted in an historic overrule from the chair.
Shon, however recovered his composure and triumphed 15-13, 13-15 and 17-16 in a tense finale.
"It was very difficult to wait for so long. I was on top, but the long delay was a big problem," he said afterwards. "When I lost the second game I was still thinking about the incident. I was upset and I was continuously thinking about what happened so I lost my control. I have never experienced anything like it. If the game was being held in Indonesia they would have had a similar advantage."
Lee Hyun-il, the world number 13 and 2002 Japan Open winner, had no such problems in the second single match, inflicting a third consecutive defeat in the tournament on Rony Agustinus. Ranked 25th in the world, Rony had already been beaten by China's Xia Xuanze in the semi-final and by Anuphap Theeraratsakul of Thailand in the first round.
He succumbed 15-3, 15-5 to Lee, in a match where's the line-calls were made by four of the other umpires at the tournament, who said he was motivated by the fracas.
"The controversy gave me the energy to win. I'd never seen anything like it. It's not a good thing. I had felt tired and nervous during the wait, but once I got on court I got things under control."
With a 2-0 lead Korea turned the tie over to their doubles pairs, who in theory held a distinct advanta-ge over the Indonesians. Logic, however, seemed to have little influence on the final and the world number three pairing Lee Dong-soo and Yoo Yong-sung found themselves in trouble against Candra Wijaya and Sigit Budiarto. A game down and facing match point at 14-4 in the second, the Koreans pulled six points back before going down 15-12, 15-10.
However, unpredictable as the final was, it would have taken a shock of seismic proportions for the second doubles not to go in the favour of the near-invincible world silver medallists Kim Dong-moon and Ha Tae-kwon, who went on a remarkable winning streak between March and August when they claimed the All England, Korea and Chinese Taipei titles, and were runners-up at the Singapore Open in August.
As expected the Koreans proved too strong for Halim Haryanto and Tri Kusharjanto, winning 15-3, 15-6 to claim the gold medal for their country.
MEN'S TEAM FINAL: Korea beat Indonesia 3-1
Shon Seung-mo (KOR) beat Taufik Hidayat (INA) 15-13, 13-15, 17-16
Lee Hyun-il (KOR) beat Rony Agustinus (INA) 15-3, 15-5
Candra Wijaya & Sigit Budiarto (INA) beat Lee Dong-soo & Yoo Yong-sung (KOR) 15-12, 15-10
Ha Tae-kwon & Kim Dong-moon (KOR) beat Halim Haryanto & Tri Kusharjanto (INA) 15-3, 15-6.
Ausführlich berichtete The Jakarta Post am 10.11.2002:
Controversy as S. Korea wins badminton gold
Sports News - October 10, 2002
Novan Iman Santosa, The Jakarta Post, Busan, South Korea
Indonesian shuttlers failed to bring home the gold medal in the prestigious men's badminton team event after surrendering 1-3 to host South Korea. It was the first time that international referees and umpires were called in to replace the local linesmen.
During the first game, local linesmen gave at least three bad calls in favor of Shon Seung-mo, who eventually won the first singles match against Taufik Hidayat.
The umpire was forced to retract her decision in the third game after a replay was shown on the huge monitors. No replays have ever been shown in a badminton tournament to provide clear judgment, and no umpire has ever been forced to retract his or her decision.
"We anticipated problems, but we did not expect it to be this bad," Indonesian team manager Christian Hadinata told reporters after the match.
Christian said the host committed the irregularities on purpose to distract Taufik from concentrating on his game.
"The fact that all South Korean linesmen were replaced by international umpires and referees proves that we were right," he added.
The incident started in the beginning of the game, but Taufik and the Indonesian team said they had to control their temper.
They became angry though in the second game when Taufik was left behind 9-12 and his return was called as being out even though it was inside Shon's court.
Taufik questioned the umpire about the decision as he had felt that the linesman's decision was biased in the first game when he lost 13-15.
Unable to control his temper, the chairman of the Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI), Chairul Tanjung, moved forward to push the linesman, which upset the South Korean team. Other team members had to separate Chairul from Korean team manager Kim Jong-soo, who was provoked by Chairul's action.
Chairul then ordered Taufik to leave the court. The linesman was then replaced, but it was too late as the Indonesian team had walked off the court. The Indonesian contingent, however, asked the shuttlers to return to their bench. Chef-de-mission Rudolf S. Warouw and chairman of the National Sports Council (KONI) Wismoyo had to personally appeal to the shuttlers to reconsider their decision.
It was the second time that an incident occurred in an important match for Taufik. During the final match of the Thomas Cup in May, Chinese linesmen had also made bad calls. But it did not turn into a major incident as the organizing committee quickly moved to replace the linesmen.
The Indonesian team had a closed-door meeting to decide whether they would continue to play or not. After about one hour, Taufik and the rest of the shuttlers returned to the court, but the match did not resume immediately.
After a prolonged discussion, both teams agreed to return to the court, with Shon having the serve and retaining his 12-9 lead.
In regaining his composure, Taufik won the second game 15-13.
Taufik was leading 10-3 when Shon managed to tie it 10-10, and then by shooting ahead, 13-10.
At that point, another linesman called a return from Shon as being in, when others said it was out.
Taufik demanded a replay on the huge monitor screen and it showed that the shuttlecock was out.
Referee Boon Kong Ee, who was sitting behind the linesman, ordered the umpire to retract the decision, which met with protests from the Korean team. Boon said he saw that the shuttlecock was out.
Shon finished the match 17-16 in a tight game.
South Korea extended its lead after second singles Lee Hyun-il outclassed Rony Agustinus 15-3, 15-5 without any difficulty.
There were four international referees sitting on the linesmen's bench while another sat behind a local linesman.
In further recognition of Indonesia's complaint against the refereeing, four umpires sat on the linesmen's bench instead of the 10 local linesmen in the remaining matches.
Indonesia's first doubles of Candra Wijaya and Sigit Budiarto reduced the deficit 1-2, beating Lee Dong-soo and Yoo Young-soon with a 15-12, 15-10 victory.
Kim Dong-moon and Ha Tae-kwon secured South Korea's gold medal after outbesting Halim Heryanto and Tri Kusheryanto 15-3, 15-6 in 30 minutes.
The 3-1 victory meant that the last match of third singles Hendrawan against Park Tae-sang did not need to be played.
Mit den Folgen der Begleitumstände des Endspiels der Herrenmannschaften beschäftigt sich die New Straits Times aus Malaysia vom 11.10.2002. Wie sie schrieb, forderte IBF-Vizepräsident Punch Gunalan als Konsequenz aus den Ereignissen die Zulassung des Videobeweises.
Badminton: Video evidence may be called in
The NST Sports Team
BUSAN, Oct 11: THE image of the sport took a bashing on Wednesday and a proposal will be made to the International Badminton Federation (IBF) to allow video evidence to settle disputed line calls.
The Busan Asian Games has seen several dubious calls, and Malaysia is among the countries affected.
Asian Badminton Confederation secretary Datuk Punch Gunalan said the problem has to be solved once and for all.
Matters came to a boiling point on Wednesday when Indonesia staged a walkout during the men’s final. A day earlier, China coach Li Yongbo had hit a line judge following several bad calls during the women’s final against South Korea.
“This is very bad for the game. The image of badminton took a bashing on Wednesday and I think we have to act to prevent the sport from getting a bad name.
“The IBF has been silent for too long with regards to this issue and this can’t go on as it is becoming a very serious problem,” said Gunalan in Busan yesterday.
Indonesia only agreed to resume the final, which was disrupted when top shuttler Taufik Hidayat stormed off during the first game against South Korea’s Shon Seung Mo, after two hours of pleading.
In fact, only a threat that the individual events would be scrapped prompted Indonesia to return to the court. However, the Koreans won the gold with a 3-1 margin.
“They (Indonesia) agreed after I assured them that impartial line judges would be used. What we did was have the umpires who were not officiating to stand behind the line judges and thankfully, there were no further incidents.
“The sport prevailed on this occasion but I don’t know what will happen the next time and IBF has to act,” said Gunalan, who is also an IBF vice president.
“I will submit a report on what happened here and also forward some proposals.
One way of stopping this is by introducing video evidence. We can’t do in all the tournaments but we can do it in the major championships. Also, I don’t think it is wrong for players to dispute what they feel are bad decisions. However, we may have to limit the number of times a player can ask for video evidence to be used in a match. IBF must also consider allowing the umpire to overrule a line judge in the event of a bad call.”
At the moment, the rules don’t allow this and this allows host nations to “fix” line calls in their favour.
“But one thing for sure is that we cannot allow this to go on happening as it will tarnish the image of the game.”
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Ähnlich dem Herrenmannschafts-Finale gingen auch die Endspiele der Individualwettbewerbe nicht ohne Diskussionen vonstatten. Im Herreneinzel und vor allem im Damendoppel kam es wieder zu heftigen Diskussionen wegen Linienrichterentscheidungen. Chinas Chefcoach Li Yongbo in offenbar vornehmer Übersetzung: "Die koreanischen Linienrichter sind die schlechtesten der Welt."
Bericht bei World Badminton Online vom vom 14.10. 2002:
Korea claims three individual Asian Games golds amid protests
report by Tim Maitland, Busan
14/10/2002 : Korea completed a clean sweep of the doubles events while Taufik Hidayat claimed gold in the men's singles on a controversial final day of competition at the Busan Asian Games.
Taufik again made evident his displeasure at the host's line-judges on his way to beating Korea's Lee Hyun-il, while China joined the protests in fury at a decision during Gao Ling and Huang Sui's defeat against Ra Kyung-min and Lee Kyung-won in the women's doubles.
The men's final appeared likely to have that little bit of extra-spice, perhaps we can call it a kimchi-kick, after Taufik disposed of Shon Seung-mo, his opponent in the controversial opening match of the men's team final, 15-10, 15-7 and Lee accounted for the world champion Hendrawan 15-3, 15-4, to reach the gold medal match.
While the Indonesian world number 14 has vowed never to play in Korea again, Lee was one of the lone voices among the Korean team to voice anger at the Taufik-inspired two-hour standoff the pre-vious Wednesday.
However, any possibility of a monumental struggle evaporated in the first game with Taufik serving at 3-5. The 22-year-old Korean self-destructed, contributing to his own downfall as Taufik took 11 conse-cutive points. During that run Lee sent service returns wide on two consecutive occasions and found the net with six unforced errors of varying degrees of difficulty.
Handed such an advantage it took little time for the Indonesian to polish off the game, winning 15-7 in less than a quarter of an hour.
With Taufik firing bullets on his smashes and Lee unable to completely shake his frustration the se-cond game headed towards its conclusion, with the former appearing to have plenty in reserve.
However when a disputed line-call levelled the score at 9-9, Taufik again seemed ready to explode at the same perceived injustices that caused his walkout on Wednesday.
This time his protest was met by a rapid and firm response from the umpire and the Singaporean refe-ree "Henry" Ee Boon-kong, and Taufik returned to the court, quickly rounding off the match with a se-ries of smashes.
"The reason why I protested was to try and say 'please do it right, it's the final', but I'm used to unfair decisions," Taufik explained afterwards. "Until Wednesday (against Shon) I had never lost to a Korean player, so I wanted to be able to prove myself."
He didn't have to exert himself too much to do that against a player, who afterwards admitted he had been overcome by nerves in front of his home crowd.
"I need to learn how to relax," said the frustrated 22-year-old. "My body felt fine, but my strokes were very bad. At first it was OK - I believed I could win - but I couldn't control my mind."
However the anger over line-calls was not just restricted to the Indonesians. The Chinese world champions and number three women's doubles pair Gao Ling and Huang Sui spent ten minutes dis-puting a decision on their way to an 11-8, 11-7 defeat against the number-two ranked Korean part-nership of Ra Kyung-min and Lee Kyung-won.
The dispute came at 3-3 in the second game when, after a typically lengthy rally of more than 40 shots, Ra sunk to her knees convinced that she had erred in her decision to leave a clear from Gao.
It is impossible to say whether Ra was more surprised or Gao more incensed when the shuttle was called out, but the Chinese head coach Li Yongbo was furious as he joined in the heated debate.
"The Korean line-judges are the worst in the world," he said afterwards using a mandarin word which translates directly into English as 'low', but which implies dishonesty.
"It's difficult for these players to play with circumstances which are so unfair," he continued. "I think the influence that line-judges have in badminton is too great."
Datuk Punch Gunalan, the General Secretary of the Asian Badminton Confederation and an IBF vice-president, however, objected to the suggestion that the decisions on the final day of the Asian Games competition had been any worse than those seen elsewhere in international competition.
"I must admit that some of the line calls have been questionable, but a sweeping statement like that is not right," he insisted. "We have had similar situations in other countries."
Fortunately the men's doubles went off without incident as Korea claimed it's third of the five individual gold medals. However, it was not the dominant former world champions Kim Dong-moon and Ha Tae-kwon on the podium. They were defeated by Halim Haryanto and Tri Kusharjanto - having beaten them 15-3, 15-6 to win gold in the men's team event - in the quarter-finals 15-7, 8-15, 15-8.
Instead it was the second Korean pair and world number three partnership Lee Dong-soo and Yoo Yong-sun who powered Thailand's Pramote Teerawiwatana and Tesana Panvisavas 15-11, 15-6.
The previous days' final proved something of an anticlimax as both the women's singles and the mixed doubles finals were one-sided affairs.
To call the women's tie a battle of the top seeds would be a misnomer, as the world champion Gong Ruina succumbed to Zhou Mi 11-1, 11-1 - the manner of her capitulation certainly raised a few eye-brows.
The mixed doubles gold was won almost as comfortably by Kim Dong-moon and Ra Kyung-min of Korea who simply outclassed Thailand's Khunakorn Sudhisodhi and Saralee Thungthongkam 11-4, 11-0.
Abschlussbericht der chinesischen Nachrichtenagentur XINHUA am 14.10.2002:
South Korea pull off two more Asiad golds
BUSAN, Oct. 14 (Xinhuanet) -- South Koreans made a strong surge onthe last day of the Asian Games as they bagged two of the three golds on offer in the badminton events here on Monday.
World number four Ra Kyung-min and Lee Kyung-won overcame Chinese ace double Gao Ling and Huang Sui to win the women's doubles title in an exhausting match, marked by unpleasant disputes over judgement.
The tight match between the two pairs, whose head-to-head record was 1-1, wore out the shuttlers on both sides before Ra andLee won 11-8, 11-7.
The match was halted in the middle due to judging dispute as Gao and Huang, one game down then, leveled with the South Koreans with 3-3 before the judge ruled Chinese stroke outside.
But without any clear video replay to justify their dissatisfaction, the Chinese players had to make a compromise.
"Judges did make mistakes. They are not always right," said 26-year-old Ra. "If I had met such situation, I would not care."
The Chinese pair also tried to find problems in other aspects rather than blame the judges.
Gao said: "At times during the game, we were too hasty in dealing with the shuttlecock. I did not bring my speed to a full display."
"Generally speaking, they did well today," commented Chinese women's team coach Tian Bingyi. "But the South Korean pair played even better. Although Ra looked strained to her extreme, they madeup for it with more stable form and skills."
World number one Lee Dong-soo and Yoo Yong-sung sailed to the men's doubles title as they beat world number five pair Pramote Teerawiwatna and Tesana Panvisavas from Thailand 15-11, 15-6.
"I am very happy now. I was satisfied with my own performance today," said Yoo. "I was prepared for the Asian Games for a long time, so I was very confident before the final."
Whereas South Korean team manager Kim Jong Soo said he was a little bit surprised by the smooth victory.
"Men's doubles title was out of our expectation," said Kim, whohad counted in only two golds before the Games including the men'steam and mixed doubles titles. "They put on a good performance today. What's more, they battled on the home soil, which motivatedthem a lot."
Earlier, Taufik Hidayat claimed the only badminton title for Indonesia in this version of Asiad as he beat South Korean Lee Hyun-il 15-7, 15-9.
The 21-year-old Indonesian owed his victory to his patience andstableness.
"I told myself to be patient beforehand," said the pleased Taufik. "I tried to smash and attack more while managing to refrain Lee from attacking. He made mistakes throughout and I was careful during the whole match."
"Taufik's play is good," lauded Indonesian head coach ChristianHadinata. "He is fantastic. He won the first game easily because Lee made a lot of unforced errors."
Taufik, who had boycotted the match during the men's team finalagainst South Korea because of judging dispute, gained much maturity from his loss to Shon Seung-mo in the team final. Enditem
THE JAKARTA POST zieht ernüchternde Bilanz des indonesischen Sports im Jahre 2002
Badmintonmedaillen fürs nationale indonesische Wohlbefinden
(13.10.02) Indonesien wird von deutschen Badmintonfans nicht selten als Schlaraffenland angesehen. Mit scheinbarer Leichtigkeit entwickeln sich dort immer und immer wieder neue Weltklassespieler, die unseren deutschen Top-Athleten trotz aller systematischer Aufbauarbeit das Nachsehen geben. Die indonesische Wirklichkeit des Sport ist allerdings weit von einem Schlaraffenland entfernt. Eine ernüchternde Bilanz zieht die JAKARTA POST in einem umfangreichen Artikel vom 13. Oktober kurz vor Ende der Asienspiele in Busan. Gerade mal drei Goldmedaillen im Tennis, Windsurfing und Karate hat man bis dato errungen. Da wiegt das verlorene Endspiel in der Herren-Badmintonmannschaft gegen Korea doppelt schwer. Gleichzeitig wird aber wieder einmal die Bedeutung der Badmintonsportler als potentielle Siegesgaranten für das sportliche Ansehen und das Selbstwertgefühl der großen südostasiatischen Nation deutlich. Die olympischen Goldmedaillen von Susi Susanti, Alan Budi Kusuma oder Ricky & Rexy seien in Erinnerung gerufen. Das indonesische olympische Komitee KONI beklagt andererseits permanenten Geldmangel und sieht sich außerstande, die Forderungen der diversen Trainer vor allem nach umfangreicherer Nachwuchsförderung zu erfüllen. Die Einzelheiten des Dilemmas:
Whither sports development in Indonesia?
Novan Iman Santosa and Primastuti Handayani, The Jakarta Post, Busan/Jakarta
Zur Fundstelle des Artikels vom 13.10.2002
Hendri, not his real name, was stunned upon seeing his idol, shuttler Taufik Hidayat, lose to host player Shon Seung-mo of South Korea in the 14th Asian Games (Asiad) men's team badminton final on Wednesday.
"It's just not fair. It was our best chance to win a gold and they stole it," he grumbled.
His colleagues at a private company in Central Jakarta shared his opinion. The badminton fans were very tensed following the match, which was stopped for two hours after Taufik walked off the court following a linesman's bad call. The match was aired live by RCTI private television station.
Because of the two-hour break, the TV station did not run the match to the end, but it reported updates and gave the disappointing news of Indonesia's loss to the host.
"What's wrong with our country?" Hendri whispered to himself late at night after reading the match results on the running text on another TV station.
Hendri is not the only one to express concern over Indonesia's poor results in the Asiad in Busan, South Korea. By Saturday, the only athletes to win gold medals out of the 100 Indonesian athletes competing at the event were women's tennis team Wynne Prakusya and Angelique Widjaja, windsurfer I Gusti Made Oka Sulaksana and karateka Hasan Basri.
This year's results will not be the worse the country has produced. At the 1986 Asiad, Indonesia only managed to grab one gold, one silver and three bronzes in Seoul. Its best achievement to date was back in 1962 when Jakarta hosted the event and won 11 golds, 12 silvers and 28 bronzes.
Matching even the country's 1998 result of six golds, 10 silvers and 11 bronzes will be difficult for Indonesia, which is relying on badminton and tennis players.
Compared to other Southeast Asian countries, Indonesia is indeed in a poor position. Malaysia has 212 athletes competing at the event and so far has collected five golds, while Thailand with 267 athletes has earned 10 golds. Tiny neighboring Singapore has sent only 96 athletes but has grabbed five golds, while Vietnam with 121 athletes has won four golds.
The four countries aimed higher than Indonesia in their Asiad and Olympics target for gold. Our National Sports Council (KONI), which has most of the responsibility for sports development in the country, still prioritizes regaining Indonesia's domination at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, in which only 10 countries participate compared to Asiad's 44 countries.
KONI has always blamed financial constraints on its failure to develop sports and grooming junior athletes. KONI, therefore, only includes medal-winning-candidates in the contingent and neglects to groom juniors.
Despite being given the responsibility of developing sports, KONI has to raise it own funds to finance preparations for sports events, which is most likely uncommon in other countries. Of the Rp 41.5 billion (US$4.61 million) collected to prepare this year's team, the government only contributed Rp 10 billion.
The rest was raised from private companies. So far, KONI has spent Rp 39.7 billion on training, sending the contingent to South Korea, providing rewards for the medal winners and on promotions for sponsors.
KONI has been working under such conditions for a decade, which makes it difficult for sports organizations to groom younger athletes to replace seasoned athletes when they retire.
The situation is made worse by the scarcity of regular local competitions and the lack of participation in overseas competitions due to financial constraints.
Other countries always include younger athletes on their squads in major events and send them to international events in which they compete as individuals, which is important in providing them with experience.
Badminton coach Sigit Pamungkas has said that he was unable to include junior Sony Dwi Kuncoro on the squad due to KONI's policy of sending seasoned athletes only.
"I can't understand ... Sony is a good player and has potential. His Chinese rivals Lin Dan and Bao Chunlai have made themselves the backbone of the team, while Sony has to spend his days stuck at the dormitory ..." he complained.
"Even though Sony is not competing, if he was there he would at least experience the competitive atmosphere, which would be useful in the future when he competes in a big event."
Sigit is not the only coach to complain about KONI's policy. Other coaches from different sports tried to persuade KONI to change its policy, but to no avail.
If KONI wants to improve the country's sports achievements in the next Asiad in Doha and in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, it must work hard and hand-in-hand with the government.
The SEA Games should serve only as a stepping stone for juniors to achieve better results in bigger events, while seasoned athletes should focus only on the Asiad -- considered the second biggest sports event after the Olympics -- and the Olympics.
If nothing changes, it will be difficult for national athletes to perform on the international stage. And all sports fans like Hendri will be able to say is: "Quo vadis sports in Indonesia..."