Eight Female Badminton Players Disqualified From Olympics For Trying to Throw Matches

Four women’s badminton doubles teams have been disqualified from the London Olympics. The teams involved were world doubles champions Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang of China, South Korea’s Jung Kyun-eun and Kim Ha-na, South Korea’s Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung and Indonesia’s Meiliana Jauhari and Greysia Polii. The four teams were accused of throwing matches in order to gain favorable seeding. From the National Post:

The Badminton World Federation said in a statement it had charged the doubles players from China, South Korea and Indonesia under its players’ code of conduct with “not using one’s best efforts to win a match” and “conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport.”

Xiaoli/Yang and Kyun-eun/Ha-na played a match that saw the crowd boo them over losing points deliberately. Then Jung-eun/Min-jung and Jauhari/Polii took the court only to be warned by officials for the same thing. While this is shocking, there is good news – this is the first time that an athlete has gotten into trouble or been sent home from the 2012 Olympics and it had nothing to do with Twitter! Progress!

[National Post]

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