8 badminton players thrown out of Olympics for trying to lose
Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang of China are ranked No. 1 in the world.
August 1st, 2012
08:49 AM ET

8 badminton players thrown out of Olympics for trying to lose

Eight female badminton players were thrown out of the Olympics on Wednesday for trying to lose matches the day before, the Badminton World Federation announced after a disciplinary hearing.

"After a hearing this morning before the BWF’s Disciplinary Committee the following pairs were disqualified: Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang (China); Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari (Indonesia); Jung Kyung Eun and Kim Ha Na (Korea); and Ha Jung Eun and Kim Min Jung (Korea)," read a statement from the Badminton World Federation.

The players from China, South Korea and Indonesia were accused of playing to lose to face easier opponents in future matches.

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The Indonesian and South Korean pairs appealed the decision, the BWF said, and a decision on their appeals is expected later on Wednesday.

The eight players concerned had all already qualified for the quarterfinals of the tournament before the final matches of the group stage on Tuesday night.

But the results of the last group matches mean the Chinese pair, Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang - ranked No. 1 in the world - avoid potentially facing another top Chinese duo until the final on Saturday.

The two lackluster contests in London angered the watching crowds.

British sports fans going into the Olympic Park on Wednesday called it "shocking" after seeing parts of the matches on television.

"It's not in the spirit of the thing," said Kevin Button, from Ashford in Kent, just outside of London.

"And it's so disappointing for the people who came to see it," his wife Tina said. "It leaves a bit of a sour taste."

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  1. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Conservative Territory"

    The Original Olympics
    The Special Olympics
    The Olympics for Dopers
    and now?
    The Olympics for Losers

    August 1, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Dude

    I don’t blame them. If they win they will face the 2nd best team. Not only that, they will have to face another team from their country. This will not only shorten their chance and the chance for China to take the gold, but ensures they only get 1 medal, no wonder the Chinese Badminton team made this decision. If you win, you will cost your country an Olympic medal and it will be 100% your fault if your country loses the Gold. What kind of broken system is this? Besides, they did play by the rules. Wait, you can always disqualify players when the result from other side is unexpected, even if they play by the rules. Now the system is complete.
    I mean when Phelps have 8 Olympic Gold and not coming 1st in qualification round, I think that's normal. Conserve energy, avoid injuries, save for next game is common practice. Even in NBA games the team winning usually pull their star player from the court in the last quarter. The system itself is flawed that you gain more advantage in losing.

    August 1, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • HCWHunter

      Nonsense. Conserving energy in a qualifying race is nothing like losing a badminton match. Maybe winning the match by only a few pts to conserve energy instead of blowing out the other team would be comparable but not losing the match on purpose.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Miller

    They have dishonored their Countries.

    August 1, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. MilitaryAF

    Bad Badminton. Who'd of thunk it!?

    August 1, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Really??

    I understand the Olympics now, wait every 4yrs to watch the least watched sports accept basketball

    August 1, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Joy

    Nothing on the rule book in badminton ever said "not trying your best" is cheating. It is understandable for the Chinese because they do not want to play against their teammates, it both eliminate their chances of winning both gold and silver (as they are seeded best and second best in the world).
    The Koreans repeated the act twice, so stop blaming everyone else!
    The organizers just wanted to earn more money from ticket sales. Now the audiences are unhappy and want refunds.

    August 1, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. HCWHunter

    What horrible coverage by NBC. Have to sit through "synchonized diving" on prime time then they they skip whole sets in the beach volleyball match with Misty and Kerri and don't show hardly any other volleyball matches at all except online. Synchronized diving? By men? Really?

    August 2, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Kiel

    Bellona.. really? really... shadddup

    August 2, 2012 at 4:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Kiel

    she is so talented that she cheats! LETS GIVE HER A MEDAL GUYS K?

    August 2, 2012 at 4:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Southern mom

    Cheating at badminton? Maybe the person who advised the groups to "throw" the game, was the same person who advised the acceptance of Ralph Lauren's HORRIBLE american athlete uniforms. Both uniforms and cheaters should be put in a bag and thrown overboard!

    August 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Greg Boss

    Don't they feel any pride for their accomplishments and for the fact that they are playing in the Olympics? Intentionally losing wouldn't feel right to me.

    Greg@Dazadi

    August 3, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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