WC'13 Players and Umpires

Behind my little pine-wooden computer table I'm looking at the women-doubles of Rytter Juhl and Pedersen at the semi-final. They're laughing to much. As if they're saying, -look at us, aren't we great? Just not looking like living in the real world. They will play against Wang and Yu. These look not very nervous, normally concentrated, looking like knowing who will win. They will.
The play begins. Kamilla and Christinna stay laughing. And making mistakes. And feeling superior. After a close call at the rear line Christinna goes showing the linejudge how he not has to call with a close call. Slowly stretches she her arms aside, eying him with a reprimanding glance. 100 % non-verbal. Then, within a couple of minutes, they're talking with their coaches. They're standing far behind. Xiaoli and Yang seem not to know what to think. They just play their game.
Then the play struggles further. Kamilla and Christinna look like seeking for a real match. Xiaoli and Yang seeking for fire for their play. After again a discussion with the umpire, Kamilla throws a remark into the match. 100 % verbal. She gets a yellow card. They laugh harder then ever in that match. Suddenly the emotions turn. They can't play further. They're real angry! I've never seen Christinna really angry as she goes like now extra coloured to discus with the umpire. But it's clear who is the boss, it is the woman-umpire. Xiaoli and Yang wait.
Kamilla and Christinna look painful. But they stand on their feet after this cold shower. They play now badminton, just for what I'm siting here. Xiaoli and Yang are confused. They loose the second game. The third they win. Yet, it's not that exciting play.

Now I'm looking at Mathias Boe and Carsten Moegensen against Ki Jung Kim and Sa Rang Kim. Not a very attentive game. Rather tensioned, all players. Of course both pairs wish to win. It's a game, very quick played suddenly and then with unexpected faults. The service of the Danes is often rejected. Mathias and Carsten make clear whose fault it is. The service-judges'. He gets ironic gestures and glances therefor. Carsten gets a yellow card. He takes to much time. It's the fault of the umpire. The umpire doesn't realize who's the boss, the Danes are, they seem to think. Carsten gets a red card. Mathias and Carsten make clear that they are again totally innocent. The umpire apparently seems to think that he has to lead the match. Ki Jung and Sa Rang fight themselves through the match. They nearly win.

Two matches with a kind of side match, which is the battle between players and umpires. Ego's against ego's. A bigger and bigger growing issue. Players being the shuttle holding and changing, the floor having mopped, reacting to line judges, discussing with the umpire, shouting to the opponents, walking around before the next service. Umpires are to be seen well and more quickly reacting on more and more time gaining and annoying the opponents. In the matches above precisely in and out were given by line judges. It must have somehow anything to do with the changing society. Amazingly, nothing is said about these issues on news sites, and certainly not on the official badminton sites. Tomorrow the finals. I enjoy it. Hopefully, finalists let loose their reserves and play everything they can to be a world champion.


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