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SBD Global/September 19, 2012/Events and Attractions
China-Japan Island Dispute Forces Football Cancellations, Badminton Withdrawal
Published September 19, 2012
WE WON'T PLAY: Meanwhile, the AFP reported that China has withdrawn all of its badminton players from this week's Japan Open. Officials cited "safety fears as ties between Beijing and Tokyo worsen over a territorial row." The withdrawal leaves the Tokyo-based tournament "bereft of some of the sport's biggest names and is the latest piece of collateral damage in a dispute that has dominated regional headlines in recent weeks." Badminton World Federation COO Thomas Lund said, "The BWF can confirm the Chinese contingent has withdrawn from the Japan Open. It is unfortunate, but the tournament will go on." BWF Superseries Marketing Manager S. Selvam said that the Chinese Badminton Association sent a letter to the BWF saying that its players "would not be competing" in the eighth leg of the Super Series event (AFP, 9/18).