Food poisoning fells Thai badminton star

The Malaysia Star reported last week that Thai number one Boonsak Ponsana has been forced out of the Malaysian Open badminton tournament after coming down with food poisoning on the eve of his departure for Kuala Lumpur.

Coach Udon Luangphetcharaporn said Boonsak’s condition was not serious but he was weak and not in a good condition to play in the season-opening Super Series tournament at the Putra Stadium, adding, "It’s unfortunate he is unable to play as he needs to fight for points to improve on his world rankings."

The 25-year-old law student enjoyed a memorable season last year, winning the Singapore Open and the World University Games gold medal. He is the highest ranked Thai at number 12 in the world rankings.