VIDEO: Former Thai Olympic badminton teammates brawl
Two former Thai badminton teammates with some apparent bad blood fought each other during the final of an international tournament.
Two former teammates on Thailand's Olympic badminton team reportedly "glared at each other and exchanged several heated words" during a competition on Sunday. The glares eventually resulted in a badminton brawl.
Bodin "Art" Issara and Maneepong "A" Jongjit reached the quarterfinals together at the London Olympics, but they faced each other during the final of the 2013 Canada Open.
Issara claims Jongjit hit him with his racket hard enough for his ear to bleed, according to the Bangkok Post. Issara lost his temper and attacked Jongjit as the two teams switched sides.
Issara dropped his racket, chased down Jongjit, punching and kicking Jongjit as he laid helpless on the ground. Officials quickly broke up the fight and disqualified both players from the tournament.
Jongjit reportedly received five stitches following the fight.
"I apologize to all Thai people for bringing disgrace on the country," Issara said. "I take all the blame and I would like this issue to end here."
How rare is a skirmish in badminton?
Let Charoen Wattanasin, the president of the Badminton Association of Thailand, put this battle into perspective for you.
"I've been in the badminton circle for 58 years and I've never seen anything like this," Wattansain said. "This is very bad."
(h/t The Big Lead)
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