Malaysia coach claims conspiracy in Lee Chong Wei's world badminton final defeat

The air conditioning was controversially switched off during the second game of the final between Lee and eventual champion Lin Dan.

updated: August 12, 2013 11:22 IST
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Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's coach has blamed an air conditioning cut-off for causing Lee Chong Wei to cramp up and pull out of yet another heart-breaking world badminton final.

Chinese superstar Lin Dan took the title for a record fifth time on Sunday as his arch-rival and world number one retired with Lin on the brink of victory with the score at 16-21, 21-13, 20-17 in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.

The rivalry between the two greats has headlined men's singles for years but Lin has continually gotten the better of Lee in high-profile events, and Sunday's episode adds to the list of world and Olympic finals defeats Lee has suffered at Lin's hands. (Sport is cruel, says Lin Dan)

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