Play of the day: When Badminton turns ugly

Badminton fans were left shocked when two former Olympic team mates launched into a fistfight on court during the Canada Open last weekend.

Bodin Isara and Maneepong Jongjit, who represented Thailand at the London Olympics, started scrapping as their two teams switched sides halfway through a match.

Jonglit was left shirtless while Issara had to be restrained after repeatedly bashing his former team-mate.

Jongjit needed five stitches on his ear and both players were disqualified. Witnesses told The Big Lead that Issara started the fight and flashed the middle finger while Jongjit hit his former teammate with a racket.

Earlier in the tournament the two were assessed a warning following an ugly verbal exchange. Their tempers flared throughout the event, often glaring at each other in between points.

The pair made the quarter-finals of the London Olympics before splitting after Isara retired to take care of his dying mother. However he quickly returned to the sport, but with a new teammate and tempers flared.

-nzherald.co.nz

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