Olympic badminton

These guys don't play like we do. Badminton at the Olympic level is the fastest racket sport in the world.

<p>The ace shuttler and currently world number two, eyeing for the coveted number one spot in badminton next year, won two Super series titles and bagged a silver at the World Championships. </p>
PV Sindhu’s moments of glory

The ace shuttler and currently world number two, eyeing for the coveted number one spot in badminton next year, won two Super series titles and bagged a silver at the World Championships.

<p><strong>#3.</strong> P V Sindhu: The popularity of the Olympic medal winning World No.3 women’s badminton player rivalled that of India’s cricket superstars and at times even eclipsed them. </p>
Yahoo India’s ‘Most Searched Sports Personalities of 2017’

#3. P V Sindhu: The popularity of the Olympic medal winning World No.3 women’s badminton player rivalled that of India’s cricket superstars and at times even eclipsed them.

Japanese badminton player Kento Momota bows deeply at a news conference after reports on his gambling at an illegal casino in Tokyo, Japan, April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Issei Kato Picture Supplied by Action Images
Japanese badminton player Kento Momota bows deeply at a news conference after reports on his gambling at an illegal casino in Tokyo, Japan
Japanese badminton player Kento Momota bows deeply at a news conference after reports on his gambling at an illegal casino in Tokyo, Japan, April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Issei Kato Picture Supplied by Action Images
Japanese badminton player Kento Momota attends a news conference after reports on his gambling at an illegal casino in Tokyo, Japan, April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Issei Kato Picture Supplied by Action Images
Japanese badminton player Kento Momota attends a news conference after reports on his gambling at an illegal casino in Tokyo, Japan
Japanese badminton player Kento Momota attends a news conference after reports on his gambling at an illegal casino in Tokyo, Japan, April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Issei Kato Picture Supplied by Action Images
Malaysia&#39;s Lee Chong Wei hits a shot against China&#39;s Chen Long during the men&#39;s singles final at the Hong Kong Open badminton tournament in Hong Kong on November 26, 2017 (AFP Photo/ISAAC LAWRENCE)
Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei hits a shot against China's Chen Long during the men's singles final at the Hong Kong Open badminton tournament in Hong Kong on November 26, 2017
Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei hits a shot against China's Chen Long during the men's singles final at the Hong Kong Open badminton tournament in Hong Kong on November 26, 2017 (AFP Photo/ISAAC LAWRENCE)
The Play of the Day from the Bitburger Badminton Open.
Bitburger Badminton Open Final: Play of the Day
The Play of the Day from the Bitburger Badminton Open.
The Play of the Day from the Bitburger Badminton Open.
Bitburger Badminton Open Final: Play of the Day
The Play of the Day from the Bitburger Badminton Open.
The Play of the Day from the Bitburger Badminton Open.
Bitburger Badminton Open Final: Play of the Day
The Play of the Day from the Bitburger Badminton Open.
The Play of the Day from the Bitburger Badminton Open.
Bitburger Badminton Open Final: Play of the Day
The Play of the Day from the Bitburger Badminton Open.
FILE PHOTO: A North Korean soldier holds a badminton racket on the banks of Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, May 20, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Chen/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: A North Korean soldier holds a badminton racket on the banks of Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong
FILE PHOTO: A North Korean soldier holds a badminton racket on the banks of Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, May 20, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Chen/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: A North Korean soldier holds a badminton racket on the banks of Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, May 20, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Chen/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: A North Korean soldier holds a badminton racket on the banks of Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong
FILE PHOTO: A North Korean soldier holds a badminton racket on the banks of Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, May 20, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Chen/File Photo
After failing to qualify for next summer&#39;s World Cup finals, Scotland manager Gordon Strachan was quick to identify how and where his side fell short, so to speak: they are too small. &quot;Genetically we are behind,&quot; Strachan said. &quot;In the last campaign we were the second smallest, apart from Spain. &quot;We had to pick a team to combat the height and strength at set-plays. Genetically we have to work at things, maybe we get big women and men together and see what we can do. &quot;But it is a problem for us because we have to fight harder for every ball and jump higher than anyone else.&quot; Strachan, of course, is not the first to come up with a ludicrous excuse following a sporting failure, Telegraph Sport recalls 10 other memorable excuses sports men and women have used over the years ... New balls, please ... During last year’s Miami Open, the Scot noticed that he had been serving, and losing points, with balls usually reserved for the women’s game. “The women&#39;s balls are very different to the men&#39;s balls,” he commented after winning the match against Denis Istomin. “They&#39;re much quicker, smaller, livelier.” Andy Murray was bemused to discover he was using a women&#39;s ball at the Miami Open Credit: REX FEATURES United’s title hopes almost fade to grey Perhaps one of the most infamous excuse-centred debacles involves Manchester United’s ill-fated grey kit during the 1995/96 season. Manager Alex Ferguson complained that players could not pick each other out, leading to the eventual champions losing four out of five games played in grey shirts, with the most famous incident coming at the Dell when trailing 3-0 to Southampton at half time the United team came out for the second half in the club&#39;s third, non-grey, kit. Air-conditioning blows away Wei&#39;s badminton hopes During the 2013 World Badminton Championships, world No 1 Lee Chong Wei suffered a leg cramp that caused him to concede the final to the Chinese star Lin Dan. Malaysia’s coach ended up blaming Lee’s cramps on the air-conditioning in the venue being turned off. Domenech the stargazer who fell to earth Despite Robert Pirès playing regular first-team football in 2006, Raymond Domenech, the France manager, chose not to select the Arsenal midfielder because of his star sign. Pirès&#39;s Scorpio birth-sign was not the only one under threat, with Domenech warning Leos not to get too cocky. Part-time astrologer Raymond Domenech upset Robert Pirès in 2006 Credit: Getty Images Hamblin stays fresh Though later found to have been due to equipment error, Australian jockey Paul Hamblin was suspended for failing a breathalyser test. Hamblin blamed the mouthwash he used before taking the test. Finn stunned by size of task During the Athens Olympics in 2004, Paula Huhtaniemi, a Finnish javelin thrower, produced the most astounding excuse as to why she did not perform well: “The big stadium surprised me. I could not direct the javelin right,&quot; she said. Thankfully no one was hurt. The Olympics in Athens in 2004 was hosted in quite a large stadium, who would have thought? Credit: Getty Images Ukraine drowned out by frog chorus When Ukraine got heavily beaten by a magnificent Spain side at the 2006 World Cup, Ukraine got creative with their excuse. They cited frogs croaking outside of their idyllic hotel as the reason for their poor play, prompting German newspapers to call it, “The worst World Cup excuse of all time”. Oklahoma’s haunted hotel After suffering a heavy defeat to Oklahoma City Thunder, the New York Knicks accused the Skirvin Hilton hotel they were staying in of being haunted. The ghost is apparently affectionately known as “Effie the Housekeeper”, what could possibly have scared them? Casillas scores own-goal, of sorts The Spain team are not exempt from embarrassing excuses however. During a 1-0 loss to minnows Switzerland, Iker Casillas’s girlfriend, news reporter Sara Carbonero, was accused of distracting the goalkeeper for the crucial goal. Cardenal&#39;s eye stuck wide open Strange excuses are not just a modern phenomenon. In 1974 Jose Cardenal, a Cuban batsman for the Chicago Cubs, missed the opening game of the season. When asked why he chose to sit out, Cardenal claimed he had slept in a funny position and that his eyelid was “stuck” open.
Gordon Strachan blames genetics for Scottish failure – and 10 of the other worst excuses used in sport
After failing to qualify for next summer's World Cup finals, Scotland manager Gordon Strachan was quick to identify how and where his side fell short, so to speak: they are too small. "Genetically we are behind," Strachan said. "In the last campaign we were the second smallest, apart from Spain. "We had to pick a team to combat the height and strength at set-plays. Genetically we have to work at things, maybe we get big women and men together and see what we can do. "But it is a problem for us because we have to fight harder for every ball and jump higher than anyone else." Strachan, of course, is not the first to come up with a ludicrous excuse following a sporting failure, Telegraph Sport recalls 10 other memorable excuses sports men and women have used over the years ... New balls, please ... During last year’s Miami Open, the Scot noticed that he had been serving, and losing points, with balls usually reserved for the women’s game. “The women's balls are very different to the men's balls,” he commented after winning the match against Denis Istomin. “They're much quicker, smaller, livelier.” Andy Murray was bemused to discover he was using a women's ball at the Miami Open Credit: REX FEATURES United’s title hopes almost fade to grey Perhaps one of the most infamous excuse-centred debacles involves Manchester United’s ill-fated grey kit during the 1995/96 season. Manager Alex Ferguson complained that players could not pick each other out, leading to the eventual champions losing four out of five games played in grey shirts, with the most famous incident coming at the Dell when trailing 3-0 to Southampton at half time the United team came out for the second half in the club's third, non-grey, kit. Air-conditioning blows away Wei's badminton hopes During the 2013 World Badminton Championships, world No 1 Lee Chong Wei suffered a leg cramp that caused him to concede the final to the Chinese star Lin Dan. Malaysia’s coach ended up blaming Lee’s cramps on the air-conditioning in the venue being turned off. Domenech the stargazer who fell to earth Despite Robert Pirès playing regular first-team football in 2006, Raymond Domenech, the France manager, chose not to select the Arsenal midfielder because of his star sign. Pirès's Scorpio birth-sign was not the only one under threat, with Domenech warning Leos not to get too cocky. Part-time astrologer Raymond Domenech upset Robert Pirès in 2006 Credit: Getty Images Hamblin stays fresh Though later found to have been due to equipment error, Australian jockey Paul Hamblin was suspended for failing a breathalyser test. Hamblin blamed the mouthwash he used before taking the test. Finn stunned by size of task During the Athens Olympics in 2004, Paula Huhtaniemi, a Finnish javelin thrower, produced the most astounding excuse as to why she did not perform well: “The big stadium surprised me. I could not direct the javelin right," she said. Thankfully no one was hurt. The Olympics in Athens in 2004 was hosted in quite a large stadium, who would have thought? Credit: Getty Images Ukraine drowned out by frog chorus When Ukraine got heavily beaten by a magnificent Spain side at the 2006 World Cup, Ukraine got creative with their excuse. They cited frogs croaking outside of their idyllic hotel as the reason for their poor play, prompting German newspapers to call it, “The worst World Cup excuse of all time”. Oklahoma’s haunted hotel After suffering a heavy defeat to Oklahoma City Thunder, the New York Knicks accused the Skirvin Hilton hotel they were staying in of being haunted. The ghost is apparently affectionately known as “Effie the Housekeeper”, what could possibly have scared them? Casillas scores own-goal, of sorts The Spain team are not exempt from embarrassing excuses however. During a 1-0 loss to minnows Switzerland, Iker Casillas’s girlfriend, news reporter Sara Carbonero, was accused of distracting the goalkeeper for the crucial goal. Cardenal's eye stuck wide open Strange excuses are not just a modern phenomenon. In 1974 Jose Cardenal, a Cuban batsman for the Chicago Cubs, missed the opening game of the season. When asked why he chose to sit out, Cardenal claimed he had slept in a funny position and that his eyelid was “stuck” open.
After failing to qualify for next summer&#39;s World Cup finals, Scotland manager Gordon Strachan was quick to identify how and where his side fell short, so to speak: they are too small. &quot;Genetically we are behind,&quot; Strachan said. &quot;In the last campaign we were the second smallest, apart from Spain. &quot;We had to pick a team to combat the height and strength at set-plays. Genetically we have to work at things, maybe we get big women and men together and see what we can do. &quot;But it is a problem for us because we have to fight harder for every ball and jump higher than anyone else.&quot; Strachan, of course, is not the first to come up with a ludicrous excuse following a sporting failure, Telegraph Sport recalls 10 other memorable excuses sports men and women have used over the years ... New balls, please ... During last year’s Miami Open, the Scot noticed that he had been serving, and losing points, with balls usually reserved for the women’s game. “The women&#39;s balls are very different to the men&#39;s balls,” he commented after winning the match against Denis Istomin. “They&#39;re much quicker, smaller, livelier.” Andy Murray was bemused to discover he was using a women&#39;s ball at the Miami Open Credit: REX FEATURES United’s title hopes almost fade to grey Perhaps one of the most infamous excuse-centred debacles involves Manchester United’s ill-fated grey kit during the 1995/96 season. Manager Alex Ferguson complained that players could not pick each other out, leading to the eventual champions losing four out of five games played in grey shirts, with the most famous incident coming at the Dell when trailing 3-0 to Southampton at half time the United team came out for the second half in the club&#39;s third, non-grey, kit. Air-conditioning blows away Wei&#39;s badminton hopes During the 2013 World Badminton Championships, world No 1 Lee Chong Wei suffered a leg cramp that caused him to concede the final to the Chinese star Lin Dan. Malaysia’s coach ended up blaming Lee’s cramps on the air-conditioning in the venue being turned off. Domenech the stargazer who fell to earth Despite Robert Pirès playing regular first-team football in 2006, Raymond Domenech, the France manager, chose not to select the Arsenal midfielder because of his star sign. Pirès&#39;s Scorpio birth-sign was not the only one under threat, with Domenech warning Leos not to get too cocky. Part-time astrologer Raymond Domenech upset Robert Pirès in 2006 Credit: Getty Images Hamblin stays fresh Though later found to have been due to equipment error, Australian jockey Paul Hamblin was suspended for failing a breathalyser test. Hamblin blamed the mouthwash he used before taking the test. Finn stunned by size of task During the Athens Olympics in 2004, Paula Huhtaniemi, a Finnish javelin thrower, produced the most astounding excuse as to why she did not perform well: “The big stadium surprised me. I could not direct the javelin right,&quot; she said. Thankfully no one was hurt. The Olympics in Athens in 2004 was hosted in quite a large stadium, who would have thought? Credit: Getty Images Ukraine drowned out by frog chorus When Ukraine got heavily beaten by a magnificent Spain side at the 2006 World Cup, Ukraine got creative with their excuse. They cited frogs croaking outside of their idyllic hotel as the reason for their poor play, prompting German newspapers to call it, “The worst World Cup excuse of all time”. Oklahoma’s haunted hotel After suffering a heavy defeat to Oklahoma City Thunder, the New York Knicks accused the Skirvin Hilton hotel they were staying in of being haunted. The ghost is apparently affectionately known as “Effie the Housekeeper”, what could possibly have scared them? Casillas scores own-goal, of sorts The Spain team are not exempt from embarrassing excuses however. During a 1-0 loss to minnows Switzerland, Iker Casillas’s girlfriend, news reporter Sara Carbonero, was accused of distracting the goalkeeper for the crucial goal. Cardenal&#39;s eye stuck wide open Strange excuses are not just a modern phenomenon. In 1974 Jose Cardenal, a Cuban batsman for the Chicago Cubs, missed the opening game of the season. When asked why he chose to sit out, Cardenal claimed he had slept in a funny position and that his eyelid was “stuck” open.
Gordon Strachan blames genetics for Scottish failure – and 10 of the other worst excuses used in sport
After failing to qualify for next summer's World Cup finals, Scotland manager Gordon Strachan was quick to identify how and where his side fell short, so to speak: they are too small. "Genetically we are behind," Strachan said. "In the last campaign we were the second smallest, apart from Spain. "We had to pick a team to combat the height and strength at set-plays. Genetically we have to work at things, maybe we get big women and men together and see what we can do. "But it is a problem for us because we have to fight harder for every ball and jump higher than anyone else." Strachan, of course, is not the first to come up with a ludicrous excuse following a sporting failure, Telegraph Sport recalls 10 other memorable excuses sports men and women have used over the years ... New balls, please ... During last year’s Miami Open, the Scot noticed that he had been serving, and losing points, with balls usually reserved for the women’s game. “The women's balls are very different to the men's balls,” he commented after winning the match against Denis Istomin. “They're much quicker, smaller, livelier.” Andy Murray was bemused to discover he was using a women's ball at the Miami Open Credit: REX FEATURES United’s title hopes almost fade to grey Perhaps one of the most infamous excuse-centred debacles involves Manchester United’s ill-fated grey kit during the 1995/96 season. Manager Alex Ferguson complained that players could not pick each other out, leading to the eventual champions losing four out of five games played in grey shirts, with the most famous incident coming at the Dell when trailing 3-0 to Southampton at half time the United team came out for the second half in the club's third, non-grey, kit. Air-conditioning blows away Wei's badminton hopes During the 2013 World Badminton Championships, world No 1 Lee Chong Wei suffered a leg cramp that caused him to concede the final to the Chinese star Lin Dan. Malaysia’s coach ended up blaming Lee’s cramps on the air-conditioning in the venue being turned off. Domenech the stargazer who fell to earth Despite Robert Pirès playing regular first-team football in 2006, Raymond Domenech, the France manager, chose not to select the Arsenal midfielder because of his star sign. Pirès's Scorpio birth-sign was not the only one under threat, with Domenech warning Leos not to get too cocky. Part-time astrologer Raymond Domenech upset Robert Pirès in 2006 Credit: Getty Images Hamblin stays fresh Though later found to have been due to equipment error, Australian jockey Paul Hamblin was suspended for failing a breathalyser test. Hamblin blamed the mouthwash he used before taking the test. Finn stunned by size of task During the Athens Olympics in 2004, Paula Huhtaniemi, a Finnish javelin thrower, produced the most astounding excuse as to why she did not perform well: “The big stadium surprised me. I could not direct the javelin right," she said. Thankfully no one was hurt. The Olympics in Athens in 2004 was hosted in quite a large stadium, who would have thought? Credit: Getty Images Ukraine drowned out by frog chorus When Ukraine got heavily beaten by a magnificent Spain side at the 2006 World Cup, Ukraine got creative with their excuse. They cited frogs croaking outside of their idyllic hotel as the reason for their poor play, prompting German newspapers to call it, “The worst World Cup excuse of all time”. Oklahoma’s haunted hotel After suffering a heavy defeat to Oklahoma City Thunder, the New York Knicks accused the Skirvin Hilton hotel they were staying in of being haunted. The ghost is apparently affectionately known as “Effie the Housekeeper”, what could possibly have scared them? Casillas scores own-goal, of sorts The Spain team are not exempt from embarrassing excuses however. During a 1-0 loss to minnows Switzerland, Iker Casillas’s girlfriend, news reporter Sara Carbonero, was accused of distracting the goalkeeper for the crucial goal. Cardenal's eye stuck wide open Strange excuses are not just a modern phenomenon. In 1974 Jose Cardenal, a Cuban batsman for the Chicago Cubs, missed the opening game of the season. When asked why he chose to sit out, Cardenal claimed he had slept in a funny position and that his eyelid was “stuck” open.
After failing to qualify for next summer&#39;s World Cup finals, Scotland manager Gordon Strachan was quick to identify how and where his side fell short, so to speak: they are too small. &quot;Genetically we are behind,&quot; Strachan said. &quot;In the last campaign we were the second smallest, apart from Spain. &quot;We had to pick a team to combat the height and strength at set-plays. Genetically we have to work at things, maybe we get big women and men together and see what we can do. &quot;But it is a problem for us because we have to fight harder for every ball and jump higher than anyone else.&quot; Strachan, of course, is not the first to come up with a ludicrous excuse following a sporting failure, Telegraph Sport recalls 10 other memorable excuses sports men and women have used over the years ... New balls, please ... During last year’s Miami Open, the Scot noticed that he had been serving, and losing points, with balls usually reserved for the women’s game. “The women&#39;s balls are very different to the men&#39;s balls,” he commented after winning the match against Denis Istomin. “They&#39;re much quicker, smaller, livelier.” Andy Murray was bemused to discover he was using a women&#39;s ball at the Miami Open Credit: REX FEATURES United’s title hopes almost fade to grey Perhaps one of the most infamous excuse-centred debacles involves Manchester United’s ill-fated grey kit during the 1995/96 season. Manager Alex Ferguson complained that players could not pick each other out, leading to the eventual champions losing four out of five games played in grey shirts, with the most famous incident coming at the Dell when trailing 3-0 to Southampton at half time the United team came out for the second half in the club&#39;s third, non-grey, kit. Air-conditioning blows away Wei&#39;s badminton hopes During the 2013 World Badminton Championships, world No 1 Lee Chong Wei suffered a leg cramp that caused him to concede the final to the Chinese star Lin Dan. Malaysia’s coach ended up blaming Lee’s cramps on the air-conditioning in the venue being turned off. Domenech the stargazer who fell to earth Despite Robert Pirès playing regular first-team football in 2006, Raymond Domenech, the France manager, chose not to select the Arsenal midfielder because of his star sign. Pirès&#39;s Scorpio birth-sign was not the only one under threat, with Domenech warning Leos not to get too cocky. Part-time astrologer Raymond Domenech upset Robert Pirès in 2006 Credit: Getty Images Hamblin stays fresh Though later found to have been due to equipment error, Australian jockey Paul Hamblin was suspended for failing a breathalyser test. Hamblin blamed the mouthwash he used before taking the test. Finn stunned by size of task During the Athens Olympics in 2004, Paula Huhtaniemi, a Finnish javelin thrower, produced the most astounding excuse as to why she did not perform well: “The big stadium surprised me. I could not direct the javelin right,&quot; she said. Thankfully no one was hurt. The Olympics in Athens in 2004 was hosted in quite a large stadium, who would have thought? Credit: Getty Images Ukraine drowned out by frog chorus When Ukraine got heavily beaten by a magnificent Spain side at the 2006 World Cup, Ukraine got creative with their excuse. They cited frogs croaking outside of their idyllic hotel as the reason for their poor play, prompting German newspapers to call it, “The worst World Cup excuse of all time”. Oklahoma’s haunted hotel After suffering a heavy defeat to Oklahoma City Thunder, the New York Knicks accused the Skirvin Hilton hotel they were staying in of being haunted. The ghost is apparently affectionately known as “Effie the Housekeeper”, what could possibly have scared them? Casillas scores own-goal, of sorts The Spain team are not exempt from embarrassing excuses however. During a 1-0 loss to minnows Switzerland, Iker Casillas’s girlfriend, news reporter Sara Carbonero, was accused of distracting the goalkeeper for the crucial goal. Cardenal&#39;s eye stuck wide open Strange excuses are not just a modern phenomenon. In 1974 Jose Cardenal, a Cuban batsman for the Chicago Cubs, missed the opening game of the season. When asked why he chose to sit out, Cardenal claimed he had slept in a funny position and that his eyelid was “stuck” open.
Gordon Strachan blames genetics for Scottish failure – and 10 of the other worst excuses used in sport
After failing to qualify for next summer's World Cup finals, Scotland manager Gordon Strachan was quick to identify how and where his side fell short, so to speak: they are too small. "Genetically we are behind," Strachan said. "In the last campaign we were the second smallest, apart from Spain. "We had to pick a team to combat the height and strength at set-plays. Genetically we have to work at things, maybe we get big women and men together and see what we can do. "But it is a problem for us because we have to fight harder for every ball and jump higher than anyone else." Strachan, of course, is not the first to come up with a ludicrous excuse following a sporting failure, Telegraph Sport recalls 10 other memorable excuses sports men and women have used over the years ... New balls, please ... During last year’s Miami Open, the Scot noticed that he had been serving, and losing points, with balls usually reserved for the women’s game. “The women's balls are very different to the men's balls,” he commented after winning the match against Denis Istomin. “They're much quicker, smaller, livelier.” Andy Murray was bemused to discover he was using a women's ball at the Miami Open Credit: REX FEATURES United’s title hopes almost fade to grey Perhaps one of the most infamous excuse-centred debacles involves Manchester United’s ill-fated grey kit during the 1995/96 season. Manager Alex Ferguson complained that players could not pick each other out, leading to the eventual champions losing four out of five games played in grey shirts, with the most famous incident coming at the Dell when trailing 3-0 to Southampton at half time the United team came out for the second half in the club's third, non-grey, kit. Air-conditioning blows away Wei's badminton hopes During the 2013 World Badminton Championships, world No 1 Lee Chong Wei suffered a leg cramp that caused him to concede the final to the Chinese star Lin Dan. Malaysia’s coach ended up blaming Lee’s cramps on the air-conditioning in the venue being turned off. Domenech the stargazer who fell to earth Despite Robert Pirès playing regular first-team football in 2006, Raymond Domenech, the France manager, chose not to select the Arsenal midfielder because of his star sign. Pirès's Scorpio birth-sign was not the only one under threat, with Domenech warning Leos not to get too cocky. Part-time astrologer Raymond Domenech upset Robert Pirès in 2006 Credit: Getty Images Hamblin stays fresh Though later found to have been due to equipment error, Australian jockey Paul Hamblin was suspended for failing a breathalyser test. Hamblin blamed the mouthwash he used before taking the test. Finn stunned by size of task During the Athens Olympics in 2004, Paula Huhtaniemi, a Finnish javelin thrower, produced the most astounding excuse as to why she did not perform well: “The big stadium surprised me. I could not direct the javelin right," she said. Thankfully no one was hurt. The Olympics in Athens in 2004 was hosted in quite a large stadium, who would have thought? Credit: Getty Images Ukraine drowned out by frog chorus When Ukraine got heavily beaten by a magnificent Spain side at the 2006 World Cup, Ukraine got creative with their excuse. They cited frogs croaking outside of their idyllic hotel as the reason for their poor play, prompting German newspapers to call it, “The worst World Cup excuse of all time”. Oklahoma’s haunted hotel After suffering a heavy defeat to Oklahoma City Thunder, the New York Knicks accused the Skirvin Hilton hotel they were staying in of being haunted. The ghost is apparently affectionately known as “Effie the Housekeeper”, what could possibly have scared them? Casillas scores own-goal, of sorts The Spain team are not exempt from embarrassing excuses however. During a 1-0 loss to minnows Switzerland, Iker Casillas’s girlfriend, news reporter Sara Carbonero, was accused of distracting the goalkeeper for the crucial goal. Cardenal's eye stuck wide open Strange excuses are not just a modern phenomenon. In 1974 Jose Cardenal, a Cuban batsman for the Chicago Cubs, missed the opening game of the season. When asked why he chose to sit out, Cardenal claimed he had slept in a funny position and that his eyelid was “stuck” open.
After failing to qualify for next summer&#39;s World Cup finals, Scotland manager Gordon Strachan was quick to identify how and where his side fell short, so to speak: they are too small. &quot;Genetically we are behind,&quot; Strachan said. &quot;In the last campaign we were the second smallest, apart from Spain. &quot;We had to pick a team to combat the height and strength at set-plays. Genetically we have to work at things, maybe we get big women and men together and see what we can do. &quot;But it is a problem for us because we have to fight harder for every ball and jump higher than anyone else.&quot; Strachan, of course, is not the first to come up with a ludicrous excuse following a sporting failure, Telegraph Sport recalls 10 other memorable excuses sports men and women have used over the years ... New balls, please ... During last year’s Miami Open, the Scot noticed that he had been serving, and losing points, with balls usually reserved for the women’s game. “The women&#39;s balls are very different to the men&#39;s balls,” he commented after winning the match against Denis Istomin. “They&#39;re much quicker, smaller, livelier.” Andy Murray was bemused to discover he was using a women&#39;s ball at the Miami Open Credit: REX FEATURES United’s title hopes almost fade to grey Perhaps one of the most infamous excuse-centred debacles involves Manchester United’s ill-fated grey kit during the 1995/96 season. Manager Alex Ferguson complained that players could not pick each other out, leading to the eventual champions losing four out of five games played in grey shirts, with the most famous incident coming at the Dell when trailing 3-0 to Southampton at half time the United team came out for the second half in the club&#39;s third, non-grey, kit. Air-conditioning blows away Wei&#39;s badminton hopes During the 2013 World Badminton Championships, world No 1 Lee Chong Wei suffered a leg cramp that caused him to concede the final to the Chinese star Lin Dan. Malaysia’s coach ended up blaming Lee’s cramps on the air-conditioning in the venue being turned off. Domenech the stargazer who fell to earth Despite Robert Pirès playing regular first-team football in 2006, Raymond Domenech, the France manager, chose not to select the Arsenal midfielder because of his star sign. Pirès&#39;s Scorpio birth-sign was not the only one under threat, with Domenech warning Leos not to get too cocky. Part-time astrologer Raymond Domenech upset Robert Pirès in 2006 Credit: Getty Images Hamblin stays fresh Though later found to have been due to equipment error, Australian jockey Paul Hamblin was suspended for failing a breathalyser test. Hamblin blamed the mouthwash he used before taking the test. Finn stunned by size of task During the Athens Olympics in 2004, Paula Huhtaniemi, a Finnish javelin thrower, produced the most astounding excuse as to why she did not perform well: “The big stadium surprised me. I could not direct the javelin right,&quot; she said. Thankfully no one was hurt. The Olympics in Athens in 2004 was hosted in quite a large stadium, who would have thought? Credit: Getty Images Ukraine drowned out by frog chorus When Ukraine got heavily beaten by a magnificent Spain side at the 2006 World Cup, Ukraine got creative with their excuse. They cited frogs croaking outside of their idyllic hotel as the reason for their poor play, prompting German newspapers to call it, “The worst World Cup excuse of all time”. Oklahoma’s haunted hotel After suffering a heavy defeat to Oklahoma City Thunder, the New York Knicks accused the Skirvin Hilton hotel they were staying in of being haunted. The ghost is apparently affectionately known as “Effie the Housekeeper”, what could possibly have scared them? Casillas scores own-goal, of sorts The Spain team are not exempt from embarrassing excuses however. During a 1-0 loss to minnows Switzerland, Iker Casillas’s girlfriend, news reporter Sara Carbonero, was accused of distracting the goalkeeper for the crucial goal. Cardenal&#39;s eye stuck wide open Strange excuses are not just a modern phenomenon. In 1974 Jose Cardenal, a Cuban batsman for the Chicago Cubs, missed the opening game of the season. When asked why he chose to sit out, Cardenal claimed he had slept in a funny position and that his eyelid was “stuck” open.
Gordon Strachan blames genetics for Scottish failure – and 10 of the other worst excuses used in sport
After failing to qualify for next summer's World Cup finals, Scotland manager Gordon Strachan was quick to identify how and where his side fell short, so to speak: they are too small. "Genetically we are behind," Strachan said. "In the last campaign we were the second smallest, apart from Spain. "We had to pick a team to combat the height and strength at set-plays. Genetically we have to work at things, maybe we get big women and men together and see what we can do. "But it is a problem for us because we have to fight harder for every ball and jump higher than anyone else." Strachan, of course, is not the first to come up with a ludicrous excuse following a sporting failure, Telegraph Sport recalls 10 other memorable excuses sports men and women have used over the years ... New balls, please ... During last year’s Miami Open, the Scot noticed that he had been serving, and losing points, with balls usually reserved for the women’s game. “The women's balls are very different to the men's balls,” he commented after winning the match against Denis Istomin. “They're much quicker, smaller, livelier.” Andy Murray was bemused to discover he was using a women's ball at the Miami Open Credit: REX FEATURES United’s title hopes almost fade to grey Perhaps one of the most infamous excuse-centred debacles involves Manchester United’s ill-fated grey kit during the 1995/96 season. Manager Alex Ferguson complained that players could not pick each other out, leading to the eventual champions losing four out of five games played in grey shirts, with the most famous incident coming at the Dell when trailing 3-0 to Southampton at half time the United team came out for the second half in the club's third, non-grey, kit. Air-conditioning blows away Wei's badminton hopes During the 2013 World Badminton Championships, world No 1 Lee Chong Wei suffered a leg cramp that caused him to concede the final to the Chinese star Lin Dan. Malaysia’s coach ended up blaming Lee’s cramps on the air-conditioning in the venue being turned off. Domenech the stargazer who fell to earth Despite Robert Pirès playing regular first-team football in 2006, Raymond Domenech, the France manager, chose not to select the Arsenal midfielder because of his star sign. Pirès's Scorpio birth-sign was not the only one under threat, with Domenech warning Leos not to get too cocky. Part-time astrologer Raymond Domenech upset Robert Pirès in 2006 Credit: Getty Images Hamblin stays fresh Though later found to have been due to equipment error, Australian jockey Paul Hamblin was suspended for failing a breathalyser test. Hamblin blamed the mouthwash he used before taking the test. Finn stunned by size of task During the Athens Olympics in 2004, Paula Huhtaniemi, a Finnish javelin thrower, produced the most astounding excuse as to why she did not perform well: “The big stadium surprised me. I could not direct the javelin right," she said. Thankfully no one was hurt. The Olympics in Athens in 2004 was hosted in quite a large stadium, who would have thought? Credit: Getty Images Ukraine drowned out by frog chorus When Ukraine got heavily beaten by a magnificent Spain side at the 2006 World Cup, Ukraine got creative with their excuse. They cited frogs croaking outside of their idyllic hotel as the reason for their poor play, prompting German newspapers to call it, “The worst World Cup excuse of all time”. Oklahoma’s haunted hotel After suffering a heavy defeat to Oklahoma City Thunder, the New York Knicks accused the Skirvin Hilton hotel they were staying in of being haunted. The ghost is apparently affectionately known as “Effie the Housekeeper”, what could possibly have scared them? Casillas scores own-goal, of sorts The Spain team are not exempt from embarrassing excuses however. During a 1-0 loss to minnows Switzerland, Iker Casillas’s girlfriend, news reporter Sara Carbonero, was accused of distracting the goalkeeper for the crucial goal. Cardenal's eye stuck wide open Strange excuses are not just a modern phenomenon. In 1974 Jose Cardenal, a Cuban batsman for the Chicago Cubs, missed the opening game of the season. When asked why he chose to sit out, Cardenal claimed he had slept in a funny position and that his eyelid was “stuck” open.
A few years ago, Dheeraj used to be a school going sports lover who liked playing Badminton..he is now ready for the ultimate youth football venture
From badminton racquets to goalkeeping gloves - Dheeraj Singh's journey to India U17 World Cup team
A few years ago, Dheeraj used to be a school going sports lover who liked playing Badminton..he is now ready for the ultimate youth football venture
A few years ago, Dheeraj used to be a school going sports lover who liked playing Badminton..he is now ready for the ultimate youth football venture
From badminton racquets to goalkeeping gloves - Dheeraj Singh's journey to India U17 World Cup team
A few years ago, Dheeraj used to be a school going sports lover who liked playing Badminton..he is now ready for the ultimate youth football venture
A few years ago, Dheeraj used to be a school going sports lover who liked playing Badminton..he is now ready for the ultimate youth football venture
From badminton racquets to goalkeeping gloves - Dheeraj Singh's journey to India U17 World Cup team
A few years ago, Dheeraj used to be a school going sports lover who liked playing Badminton..he is now ready for the ultimate youth football venture
A few years ago, Dheeraj used to be a school going sports lover who liked playing Badminton..he is now ready for the ultimate youth football venture
From badminton racquets to goalkeeping gloves - Dheeraj Singh's journey to India U17 World Cup team
A few years ago, Dheeraj used to be a school going sports lover who liked playing Badminton..he is now ready for the ultimate youth football venture
A few years ago, Dheeraj used to be a school going sports lover who liked playing Badminton..he is now ready for the ultimate youth football venture
From badminton racquets to goalkeeping gloves - Dheeraj Singh's journey to India U17 World Cup team
A few years ago, Dheeraj used to be a school going sports lover who liked playing Badminton..he is now ready for the ultimate youth football venture
A few years ago, Dheeraj used to be a school going sports lover who liked playing Badminton..he is now ready for the ultimate youth football venture
From badminton racquets to goalkeeping gloves - Dheeraj Singh's journey to India U17 World Cup team
A few years ago, Dheeraj used to be a school going sports lover who liked playing Badminton..he is now ready for the ultimate youth football venture
A few years ago, Dheeraj used to be a school going sports lover who liked playing Badminton..he is now ready for the ultimate youth football venture
From badminton racquets to goalkeeping gloves - Dheeraj Singh's journey to India U17 World Cup team
A few years ago, Dheeraj used to be a school going sports lover who liked playing Badminton..he is now ready for the ultimate youth football venture
A few years ago, Dheeraj used to be a school going sports lover who liked playing Badminton..he is now ready for the ultimate youth football venture
From badminton racquets to goalkeeping gloves - Dheeraj Singh's journey to India U17 World Cup team
A few years ago, Dheeraj used to be a school going sports lover who liked playing Badminton..he is now ready for the ultimate youth football venture
A few years ago, Dheeraj used to be a school going sports lover who liked playing Badminton..he is now ready for the ultimate youth football venture
From badminton racquets to goalkeeping gloves - Dheeraj Singh's journey to India U17 World Cup team
A few years ago, Dheeraj used to be a school going sports lover who liked playing Badminton..he is now ready for the ultimate youth football venture
A few years ago, Dheeraj used to be a school going sports lover who liked playing Badminton..he is now ready for the ultimate youth football venture
From badminton racquets to goalkeeping gloves - Dheeraj Singh's journey to India U17 World Cup team
A few years ago, Dheeraj used to be a school going sports lover who liked playing Badminton..he is now ready for the ultimate youth football venture

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