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other Updated: Apr 24, 2012 01:54 IST
Anamika Nandedkar

Even as the organisers scurried to restore order at the Siri Fort Sports Complex on Monday, the eve of the India Open Super Series, it was business as usual for the shuttlers, who are here to make the most of the last Olympic qualifying event.

The chaos came to the fore when the players went to collect their accreditation cards. They were told that the cards were not ready. The accreditation cards of media persons and other officials too were not done.

While players like Peter Gade and world No.1 Lee Chong Wei had to stay back after practice to get the cards, the organising committee was busy shifting the blame. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/4/24_04_pg23a.jpg

Saina Nehwal, back after losing in the second round of the Asian Championship in China, hinted at her Chinese opponents getting favoured treatment in home tournaments.

"There are some line calls…it has been happening for so many years," she said.

The Chinese are known to ask players to forfeit a match or lose to a compatriot to manipulate rankings. Chen Jin's title victory in that tournament has been questioned since he was given a walkover by world champion Lin Dan in the semifinal due to "injury". Jin pocketed valuable points, which might help him qualify for the London Olympics.

Denmark's former world No 1 Peter Gade also shrugged off the incident as an "everyday occurrence".

"I know it, you know it, there is no need to cry about it. It's part of their culture." he said.