COPENHAGEN (Denmark): China chief coach Li Yongbo has called on hosts South Korea to make fair line calls during the Asian Games in Incheon from Sept 19-Oct 4.
And to ensure good line judging, Yongbo has requested the Badminton World Federation (BWF) to implement the instant review system in all the courts during the Asiad.
“I am optimistic that China will do well in the Asian Games despite strong challenges from Asian countries like South Korea, Indonesia and Japan. But I am a little bit worried about the umpires and judges in South Korea,” admitted Yongbo.
“They have a reputation. Many players from other countries and also China have been victims of biased judging in the past. If they can do it correctly, we will be happy,” he added.
When the Asian Games were held in Busan in 2002, Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat almost walked out of court because of poor line calls.
“The BWF have done well to introduce the instant review system, but it is only limited to one court. We do see unfair calls on the other courts. Hopefully, they will ensure fairness across the board by implementing this system in every single court.
“It will cost a lot of money, but I think it is a good investment as there will be fairness for all the players,” added Yongbo.