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. nokoolaidcowboy

    Justice has been "served".

    August 1, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Nik

      directly into the net......repeatedly....

      August 1, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • rocco

      leave it to shady asia to pull something like that.....

      August 1, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. sbsler

    Badminton is an Olympic sport but not baseball. What is wrong with this picture?

    August 1, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • sandy

      I totally agree with you and to get rid of softball too but keep badminton! SERIOUSLY!!

      August 1, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • MeinNJ

      Because the MLB baseball season is in the summer....

      August 1, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • human 1st

      cos badminton is played around the world and baseball is played only in usa and no one really cares about a ball and stick lols

      August 1, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      It only shows 2 of the 4 people playing?

      They have a baseball 'World Series' that encompasses only American teams, maybe that's the problem. At least the little leaguers have a more realistic view with their 'world' championship, and actually invite other countries . . . .

      Two more reasons why not? Roger and Clemens.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • jdcarter

      Um, baseball's boring as hell?

      August 1, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard Slater

      "sbsler
      Badminton is an Olympic sport but not baseball. What is wrong with this picture?"

      Baseball might be a popular sport in the US and a handful of other countries, but badminton is played everywhere. Outside of Hollywood movies most people on the planet would never come across baseball.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • King

      Ummm....isn't baseball an international sport played by several countries? Especially asian countries.......ijs.
      And its kind of funny that they would be so extreme with this ruling considering badminton JUST became an olympic sport. Are they able to prove that they were throwing the games and is there a rule already in place against it?

      August 1, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ben

    Good. Their excuse...the system is set up that way...what a load. There are always loopholes. The Olympics consider that everyone is a compettior and has some pride. It may be cultural, but you should always play to win in the spirit of the Olympics.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      LOL. Ever seen pro teams here in the USA tank to get a better draft pick? They're forcing their fans to pay for that garbage. Happens all the time in sports regardless of culture.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. major1988

    Ban China entirely.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Rose

      "Ban China Entirely" Yeah let's punish an entire crop of athletes for what you suspect some other athletes have done. Every country would be banned if the Olympics removed countries based on bad sportsmanship.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rich

    Badminton is a sport?

    August 1, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • nokoolaidcowboy

      Did you see the beer gut on the guy that won in archery?

      August 1, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • King

      LOL just wait......at the rate things are going, Call of Duty and video gaming may be an Olympic event too.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. crawfo24

    Well, that says a lot about their character.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. birdn

    Why not just remove the sport? They removed women's softball?

    August 1, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. But

    ...honestly...how is using a strategy cheating?

    August 1, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • unknown11

      I kind of agree with you. The brackets are setup wrong or this would not happen.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • common sense

      I completely agree. They were doing everything they could do to win Gold for their country and were not (to my knowledge) breaking any expressed rules. You can't blame anyone for not breaking rules they didn't know about. Sorry it didn't look good on TV...

      August 1, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dan

    The Chinese players didn't appeal because they're probably already dead

    August 1, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. unknown11

    Seems like their seeding system is out of whack. The top team should play the bottom team in each round. That way the top teams all float up to the finals, and the bottom teams all have the chance for an upset to keep them going. That makes a good tournament in any sport.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bigf00t

    China? Cheating? nooo...... never....

    August 1, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Rose

      What other examples of Chinese players cheating are you referring to? Please let me know, because I'm sure I can match it with some American cheating to the equivalent.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. GetAGrip

    :Yawn:
    :Snore:

    August 1, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ken

    Reward the losers of a match? IMO, thats a problem with the sport, not the players.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. Rose

    For those still squawking about the Chinese swimmer who obliterated the world record ***NEWSFLASH*** she was tested and CLEARED. Instead of celebrating her precious victory and outstanding performance, what do salty spectators do "OH MY GOSH SHE BEAT ONE OF OUR OWN SHE MUST HAVE BEEN CHEATING!"

    The Olympics has become nothing but a pity fest for Americans who don't perform to expectations (Jordan Wieber) and a bashing session for those who exceed them. The Chinese have done an exceptional job at the Olympics, and the winners should be celebrated. If these badminton players have in fact cheated, then they should be dealt with accordingly, but to stigmatize an entire country (as if Americans have never cheated to win a sport), is childish, ridiculous and unwarranted.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Pika

      There is a lot of history associated with the Chinese and cheating in the Olympics, do a little research and you will see this. It is just part of their culture, they copy inventions from other countries to make more money and they cheat in the Olympics to get more medals...it's just what they do.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • King

      I agree and disagree. I agree that the young girl from china is an exceptional swimmer and porbably was humble, too. But last Olympics, I clearly believe that several of the Chinese gymnist that competed were underage. Say what you want, but half of that team was really suspect.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. 5555624

    Why? This is how the system works and is the problem with round robin play. They've been talking about this with soccer and basketball, too. Once a team makes it ot the medal round, they can rest their players or go for a favorable draw. Get rid of this format and make these team sports single elimination.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • carbide scribe

      The message is that , even if illogical, Olympic effort is required at all times.
      What if this had happened in a ping pong match. Event goers would have been disappointed for sure.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • JPX

      Badminton is something you play in the backyard during a BBQ (see also: volleyball, air hockey, darts, and horseshoe) Since when is this an Olympics sport? Who cares?

      August 1, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
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