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. Brian

    So in Swimming or Track, it is ok to effectively loose the qualifying heats in order to save energy for the finals, but in Badminton it isn't allowed. That's ridiculous. Strategy is a part of sports. Their goal isn't to win matches it is to win the gold medal.

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

      slowing down in a track heat is not the same.

      Slowing down to conserve energy but doing enough to still win is completely from throwing a match and losing on purpose.

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

      Well stated Brian. You can't tell someone what type of strategy to inject at what point in the game. The Olympic committee has become a bunch of punks.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • JM

      Brian, I think you misunderstood the reason that were mentioned in the article. It was not about saving energy but it was about who they were going to face early on. Its unfair way to try to secure all 3 medals (gold, siliver, bronze) rather than the possibility just grabbing one (like gold). And it obliviously is not in the spirit of good sport. You should never throw the game to make the other opponent or the world a fool.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Winterer

    Makes a change from the US cheaters like Jones, Montgomery, Gatlin, Lewis, Hunter, Armstrong, Landis, Merritt ..........

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

      Someone sounds bitter. I saw Armstrong, what did he cheat in?

      August 1, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jesse

    You have brought great upon this coffee hut!

    August 1, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. joe800

    ...so.. you can punch an opposing soccer player in the face BUT you can't use strategy to line up your next opponent??....

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

      Since when can you punch an opposing player in the face?

      August 1, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lou Cypher

    They wanted to be losers ... and now they will always be remembered as such.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mr. Bones

    I blame reality television. They're always playing "The Game." Remember that guy on "Biggest Loser" that won immunity, so he drank a couple gallons of water before the weigh-in and gained like 20 pounds, just so he could drop 35+ the next week?

    I blame him.

    I blame rap music, also.

    And Republicans.

    And THE PARENTS.

    And the Internet. My God, the Internet!

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

      No, Obama says it's the government's fault. After all, if a successful business didn't do anything special to deserve success and that they owe their success to everybody else, then anybody who fails can blame their failure on a bad teacher, poor roads, lack of bridges, etc.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. john

    Well, look on the bright side. Their next matches won't be against the teams they didn't want to play.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. Rose

    Obviously the Yanks are jealous...which is just as bad sportsmanship as cheating. The 16 year old swimmer was cleared yesterday according to NBC news, so get your facts straight you bigot.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Miller

      Obviously Rose you have no Honor either. Cheating is Cheating, get YOUR facts straight!

      August 1, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. cheating to get ahead?

    Never – China would never do that? Low wages or borderline slavery in China so that they can own the worlds manufacturing? Hmmm... That type of ethics doesn't sound like China at all, does it? What about killing their own people while they protest the socialist capitalists? never... Not China, no way...

    PS – why are they even invited to the Olympics; the human rights attrocities in that country alone should be condemned.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      get with the times....you are describing China from 20 years ago....things have changed a great deal in China since then...

      August 1, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Marky Merlot

      You're right but then there wouldn't be many countries left!

      August 1, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. JustEric

    I think the real story is being missed here: Badminton is an Olympic sport.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • JimfromBham

      Great point. How about air pistol and air rifle? Where I come from, those were called BB guns....

      August 1, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. wizard2399

    Replace badminton with bowling.

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

    They need to dispense with badminton and introduce a civilized sport like championship FOX HUNTING. These proletariat sports are not fitting to the Olympics !

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

    I can't say I see a problem with this. its just a sensationalist headline.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. 'Merica

    Merica merica merica merica merica merica........................... 'MERICA!!!!!!!!!

    August 1, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. shanghaiman8915

    These two women have a big problem when they get home, They will lucky if they will work in a coal mine most probley a labor camp for the shame and loss of face they brought to China and rightly so

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