Badminton

Published: Friday May 23, 2014 MYT 4:55:00 PM
Updated: Friday May 23, 2014 MYT 9:54:31 PM

Thomas Cup fails to attract crowd

The very empty stands at the Siri Fort Indoor Stadium during a Thomas Cup Finals match.

The very empty stands at the Siri Fort Indoor Stadium during a Thomas Cup Finals match.

NEW DELHI: India may have world class players in Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu but, surprisingly, the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals at the Siri Fort Indoor Stadium have failed to attract the crowd so far.

And reigning Olympic champion Lin Dan of China has weighed in on the sparse attendance at the stadium since the event began last Sunday.

“The attendance has been a turn-off to the players. I also think that this tournament has no atmosphere at all.

“I didn’t feel like we were playing in a major tournament. You can see the Indian team playing today, yet not even 100 fans are here to watch them,” said Lin Dan on the Chinese website qq.com after the quarter-finals concluded on Thursday.

India advanced to the last four of the Uber Cup Finals for the first time after beating former champions Indonesia 3-0 on Thursday.

Two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan feels that there was a better atmosphere when he claimed his third world title when India hosted the 2009 World Championships.

“Although at that time there were fears of terrorism, the atmosphere in the stadium in Hyderabad was way better.

“Maybe, many people cannot afford to buy tickets to watch (this time),” he said.

There may be some truth to this it as the cheapest ticket costs 1,000 rupees (RM55) while the most expensive sells for 5,000 rupees (RM275) for a front row seat for the semi-finals and finals.

Tags / Keywords: badminton, Thomas Cup, Lin Dan, Siri Fort Indoor Stadium

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