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BADMINTON TOURNAMENT
( SINGLES AND DOUBLES )

In a Badminton Tournament I have watched, a toss was conducted before the game starts. The winner of the toss can chose whether to make the first service of the match or whether to return first, thus leaving the first service to the opponent. The side that lost the toss can then chose on which end of the court he want to start. Alternatively, the side that wins the toss may also choose to select the end of the curt on which he wants to start. The right to decide who makes the first service in the match then goes to the side that lost the toss. It happened last August 5 in the 2012 Olympics that is held in Wembley Area Court 1 in London. There are two categories in Badminton that I’ve watched, one is the Men’s Singles and the other is the Men’s Doubles. Both of these matches are for the gold medal between the two countries that will compete.
The game had their officials. The referee, where in is the overall charge of the tournament. The umpire, where appointed, is in charge of the match, the court and its immediate surrounds. The umpire shall report to the referee. The service judge shall call service faults made by the server should they occur. A line judge shall indicate whether a shuttle landed 'in' or 'out' on the line or lines assigned. An official's decision is final on all points of fact for which that official is responsible.
I first watched the game in Singles. It was a match between the representatives of China, Lin Dan with four wins and zero lose, and from Malaysia, Lee Chong Wei who had also four wins and no loses. Their umpire was Unang Sukardja from Indonesia. A badminton match commonly consists of up to three sets. The side that first reaches 21 points wins a set. For singles, one thing to be considered is, the player shall serve from, and receive in, the right service court when he or his opponent has scored an even number of points in that game. And shall serve from, and receive in, the left service court when he or his opponent has scored an odd number of points in that game.
Lee took the first game of the match 21-15 and looked set to end his Olympic career in style, only for Lin to hit back and take the second 21-10 to set up a thrilling finale. The match was delicately poised at 19-19 when Lin Dan maneuvered to deliver one of his devastating 200mph left-handed smashes, but instead deftly produced a drop shot which completely threw Lee off and set up match point. Chinese superstar Lin wasn't going to let that opportunity slip and took gold as he wrapped up the third game 21-19. A player must have 21 points to be declared as a winner. And China won the gold medal for the Men’s Singles.
Then I watched the game in Doubles. This match was between China and Denmark. The representatives of China were Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng. While in Denmark the representatives were Carsten Mogensen and Mathias Boe. They also both compete for the gold medal. Their umpire was Ian Spear from Great Britain. A rule in Doubles must considered, each time a side gains the right to serve, the service shall be delivered from the right service court. Only the opponent standing diagonally opposite of the player shall return the service. After the service is returned, either you or your partner may hit the shuttle from any position on your side of the net. Then either player from the opposing side may do the same, and so on, until the shuttle ceases to be in play. If the players are serving or receiving first at the start of any game, they shall serve or receive in the right service court when your opponent's side scored an even number of points. And they shall serve from or receive in the left service court when their side has scored an odd number of points.
Cai and Fu geared up quickly in the first game to rule the court, where the Danish only started to become aggressive after being outscored 1-4. They impressed the audience by catching up the Chinese pair, who enjoyed 11-6 advantage before the interval, and levelling the scores 12-12. But some mistakes from Boe and Mogensen sent their rival to a 21-16 victory. The end came with a spectacular smash from Cai scored 21-15, before the duo span and embraced in celebration. China's dominance of badminton at London 2012 was complete.
These both two games had similar rules but vary on the number of players in the game. They both obey the rules and had a wonderful game. I want to congratulate China for winning the gold medals for Men’s Singles and Men’s doubles. A big applause for Lin Dan for singles, Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng for doubles.

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