The World Badminton Federation which was formed in February of this year (1978) and has its first international tournament in Thailand.
The World Badminton Federation which was formed in February of this year (1978) and has its first international tournament in Thailand. Chinese players took most of the top honours.
SYNOPSIS: The Chinese did so well in the tournament, by the time the men's finals came around, it was Chinese playing Chinese. Yu Yao-tung went on to capture the men's singles from Han Tsien, 15-11, 15-11. China's top seeded Yu Yao-tung advanced to the singles finals after beating Chung Ning of Hong Kong 15-5, 15-5, while Han Tsien made it by outclassing Thailand's Akraporn Spiritanakul 15-5, 15-2.
The women shuttlers from China also fared well. In the women's singles, Li Fang and Chang Ai-ling both made quick work to their respective opponents -- Cindy Cheong of Singapore and Suleeporn Jiittariyakul of Thailand, in straight games. Chang Ai-ling here takes the championship by defeating Patama Sirisriro of Thailand, 11-4, 11-4. But in the mixed doubles finals, the Thais dominated. Pichai Kongsirithavorn and Petchrung Liengtrakulmgam of Thailand beat Preecha Sopajaree and Porntip Boonthanon, also of Thailand, 15-4, 1-15, 17-14.
In the men's doubles, the Chinese dominated again. Hou Chia-chang and Yu Yao-tung had a close victory over Thailand's Sarit Pisudchaikul and Sawai Chansiaorasmee, 18-16, 15-12. Although it was a narrow win, it was a game in which the Chinese put the seal on their domination of the badminton championships.
The four day tournament ended with Chinese senior Vice Premier Teng Hsiao-ping handing the trophies and medals to the winners. The world Badminton Federation has announced that next year's championships are expected to be held in Peking. The delegation accepted the proposal from Africa's Badminton Federation, although the final acceptance still has to come from Peking.