THOMAS and UBER CUPS: WORLD CHAMPION RASMUSSEN INJURED
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February 18, 1998 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Peter Rasmussen of Denmark, who surprised
the world in June last year by winning the world men's singles title in
badminton, was injured yesterday at the Thomas and Uber Cups (world men's and
women's team championships) European zone qualifying tournament in Sandefjord,
Norway. Rasmussen was practicing his strokes before the start of his match
with Norway's Borge Larsen when he turned his ankle and suffered ligament
damage. The injury knocked Rasmussen out of the tournament and possibly also
out of the prestigious All-England championships, badminton's equivalent of
Wimbledon, scheduled for mid-March.
Rasmussen's place in the match was taken by Olympic champion Poul-Erik
Hoyer-Larsen, who disposed of the Norwegian 15-9 and 15-9.
Denmark went on to whitewash the Norwegian men's team 5-0 in the opening
rubber of the second round.
Earlier this week, 8 men's teams and 7 women's teams made it out of the
first round in Sandefjord and into the next phase. Portugal, Iceland, Poland,
the U.S.A., Finland, Norway, Scotland and Switzerland were the successful
men's teams. Norway, Ukraine, Wales, Switzerland, Poland, Ireland and the
U.S.A. were the women's teams making it into the second round.
The men's teams from Denmark, Russia, England, Germany, Netherlands, Ukraine,
Sweden and Bulgaria were seeded directly into the second round. Women's team
seeds include Denmark, Bulgaria, France, Netherlands, Russia, England,
Scotland, Sweden and Germany.
In the Asian zone qualifier being held in Manila, Philippines, the men's
teams from Singapore, Thailand and Canada gained places in the second round
joining the seeds from China, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Japan.
The women's teams from Singapore and Malaysia won out in the first round and
joined China, Japan, New Zealand, Korea, Taiwan and Canada in second phase
Second Round Results:
Tuesday at Sandefjord
Group W: Denmark 5 Norway 0, Russia 3 Scotland 0
Group X: England 4 Finland 1, Germany 3 Switzerland 2
Group Y: Netherlands 4 Portugal 1, Ukraine 5 Iceland 0
Group Z: Bulgaria 3 United States 2, Sweden 4 Poland 1
Group W: Bulgaria 3 Norway 2, Denmark 5 France 0
Group X: Netherlands 5 Ukraine 0, Russia 5 Switzerland 0
Group Y: England 4 Wales 1, Scotland 4 Poland 1
Group Z: Sweden 5 Ireland 0, Germany 4 USA 1
Wednesday at Sandefjord
Group W: Denmark 4 Scotland 1, Norway 3 Russia 2
Group X: England 5 Switzerland 0, Germany 4 Finland 1
Group Y: Netherlands 4 Iceland 1, Ukraine 3 Portugal 2
Group Z: Sweden 5 USA 0, Bulgaria 4 Poland 1
Group W: Denmark 5 Norway 0, Bulgaria 3 France 2
Group X: Netherlands 5 Switzerland 0, Ukraine 3 Russia 2
Group Y: England 5 Poland 0, Scotland 4 Wales 1
Group Z: Sweden 5 USA 0, Germany 5, Ireland 0
Wednesday at Manila (partial)
Group Y: Malaysia 5 Thailand 0, Japan 3 Singapore 2
Group X: China 5 New Zealand 0, Japan 5 Malaysia 0
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