Badminton Brawl: Former Partners Fight At Canada Open [Video]

A Badminton brawl broke out at the Canada Open 2013 this weekend between two players who used to be Olympic teammates.

According to the Vancouver Sun, Bodin Issara dropped his racket mid-match and chased down his former teammate Maneepong Jongiit.

A shocked Jongiit tried to escape but he was tackled by Issara on a neighboring court. Issara managed to land a few punches before he was pulled off by some of the other Badminton players.

USA Today notes that Issara and Jongiit had been warned at the beginning of the match after a heated verbal exchange.

Both players were disqualified after the badminton brawl. No further punishments have been handed down but the Badminton World Federation said that the incident would be investigated.

The BWF said: “The events surrounding the conclusion of this match will be thoroughly investigated by the BWF… The world governing body has procedures in place to deal with such situations and this matter will be referred to the Disciplinary Committee.”

Issara and Jongiit represented Thailand at the 2012 Olympics where they made it to the quarterfinals. They stopped playing together shortly after the 2012 Olympic Games.

ESPN reports that the duo split up this January after Issara retired to take care of his ailing mother. Issara’s retirement only lasted a few weeks, however, as he returned to competition with a new partner.

Here’s a video of the badminton brawl at the 2013 Canada Open.