Umpire banned after wrong line calls at CAREBACO Under-19 Championships
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (CMC):
An umpire, officiating in the Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) International Under-19 Championship has been banned for the rest of the tournament after a number of wrong line calls led to the elimination of Guyanese player Narayan Ramdhani at the quarter-final stage.
An investigation was carried out after a report was made to the chief umpire and tournament director following the controversial calls in the third set of a three-set encounter.
Angel Marinez Ulloa of the Dominican Republic (DR) won the first set 20-16, but lost the second to his Guyanese opponent 18-21.
However, Ramdhani was leading 20-16 in the third set when four wrong calls by the DR line judges favoured the DR player.
As a result, the young Guyanese player lost the match 23-21, prompting the probe followed by the disciplinary action against the umpire, who has been prevented from officiating for the rest of the tournament.
The team phase of the Under-19 CAREBACO tournament started on Monday, with Guyana in Group B alongside Puerto Rico, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.
Group A consists of Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Suriname and Panama.