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World Badminton organisers apologise to winner Marin for playing incorrect anthem

Jakarta: Organisers of the World Badminton Championships apologised yesterday for playing a Franco-era anthem for Spain’s Carolina Marin after she defended India’s Saina Nehwal for her women’s singles title. The 22-year-old smiled as organisers played the old version of the anthem that includes lyrics by poet Jose Maria Peman.

RIGHT: Carolina Marin, wrapped in the Spanish flag, poses with her gold medal following her win over India’s Saina Nehwal in the World Badminton Championships final at Jakarta yesterday. pic/AFPCarolina Marin, wrapped in the Spanish flag, poses with her gold medal following her win over India’s Saina Nehwal in the World Badminton Championships final at Jakarta yesterday. Pic/AFP

“An older version of the anthem was played during the women’s singles medal ceremony following Marin’s retention of the title which she won a year ago,” the Badminton World Federation said in a statement.

“The Badminton World Federation and Indonesia Badminton Association, sincerely regret this unfortunate mistake.” During Franco’s 1939-75 regime schoolchildren learned a version of the anthem with lyrics by Peman but the words were never officially approved.

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