::The antics of the players presently taking part in the Thomas Cup competition in Indonesia is slowly turning the competition into a circus of sorts. This was reported by the mainstream papers like the New Straits Times, the Star and the Malay Mail. Bernama appears to have looked the other way.
The Star said :: Malaysia wanted to lose the tie. Thailand were just as eager to throw the match. In the end the Thais got their wish.
The Malay Mail said :: Smashing act by Thailand. Malaysia defeated Thaiand 5-0 but the manner in which the Thais played left a sour taste as they put up an act which even fooled the Malaysians.
Bernama said :: M'sia Choose To Qualify The Hard Way. Malaysia boldly took the direct route to the quarter-finals and will take on either host Indonesia or China after whitewashing Thailand 5-0, in their second Group C match, at the Istora Senayan here Sunday night.
Malaysia who had also beaten debutants South Africa by a similar score, topped Group C, thus eliminating rumours that the 1992 Thomas Cup winner might be contemplating to lose the match to Thailand and avoid meeting China or Indonesia.
Simon Cowell said (of the record) :: What a mess, that was one most unentertaining bout of Badminton, better seen in the Kara-O-ki Stadium than at the Senayan Stadium.
Sir George Alan Thomas said (when interviewed at his resting place) :: I never thought I'll see this day. The Competition was never meant to be so. I had insisted that there should be the play-to-win spirit throughout and all matches had to be played.
Lone said :: Great spin by Bernama. Hopefully there won't be further attempts to bring the Competition to more disrepute. We just have to watch the big one that's coming up, when China plays Indonesia. Don't believe 100% what that wily Yong Bo Li has to say :: “We want to win all our matches. We don't care which team we play. The most important thing for China is to stay undefeated.” He may just change his mind and play-to-lose when China meets Indonesia in order not to face Malaysia early! Watch this space.
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