LONDON, England (AP) — Badminton players have criticised a dramatic, lastminute overhaul of their match schedules at the Olympics, saying that the changes could affect their performance.
The Badminton World Federation apologised yesterday for the “inconvenience caused” by the revision, made after it became clear that the initial schedule did not meet competition regulations.
Badminton organisers had agreed with the IOC to arrange the group-stage games so that topranked players would play first against bottom-ranked players. But the initial schedule did not take this into account and, therefore, had to be changed. The new timetable will mean some athletes will have to play two matches in a day, or at other times of day than they originally expected.