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 BWFâ€™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.
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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