UPDATE 1-Olympics-Badminton-Late schedule changes infuriate players

Ian Ransom

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LONDON, July 27 (Reuters) - Sweeping late changes to the

schedule of the Olympic badminton tournament, prompted by an

"oversight", infuriated players on Friday.

"It's bad. It's not right," said Polish men's doubles player

Michal Logosz after organisers announced that some 60 percent of

the matches, mostly in the doubles draws, would be affected by

the changes to the tournament which starts on Saturday.

"It's the most important competition. It's crazy that they

can't do the draw how they are supposed to," said German doubles

player Johannes Schoettler.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) apologised to the

players after it emerged that the original schedule published on

Wednesday had not followed the competition regulations as agreed

with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

"There was an oversight and it's human error that this had

not been carefully checked by our own team and myself at the

outset," tournament referee Torsten Berg said.

"But of course if somebody had expected to have a late

morning on Saturday and they now have to play early they will be

disappointed," he added. "We understand that and we are sorry

about this happening but see no choice other than to apply the

BWF regulations and our agreement with the IOC."

The tournament at Wembley Arena begins with pools of players

competing in round-robin matches.

Schoettler said he and partner Ingo Kindervater had already

prepared for an early game against Australia and now faced

Taiwan in an evening match instead.

"I started getting up early the last few days to get ready.

We should have played Australia, the weakest in our group," he

said after a training session.

"My brother SMS-ed me this morning to say we now play

Chinese Taipei, our most important match, and now on Saturday


"It's stressful. We have moved to Wembley Plaza Hotel

because we play tomorrow. "We could have stayed in the Olympic

Village one more night and everything (would have) been easier."

Logosz said the scheduling changes had played havoc with the

plans of family and friends.

"This is really bad," said Logosz, who will partner Adam

Cwalina against South Korea's Ko Sung-hyun and Yoo Yeon-seong on


"It's never happened before and it happens in the Olympics

-- it's not right. For me it's not really bad but for mixed

doubles, two matches in one day, this is a disaster. Maybe they

will do something about that.

"We have tickets for families and friends and we found out

only 24 hours before the matches."

(Editing by Clare Fallon)

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