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.

How group stages may tempt athletes to throw games

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. gbreault85

    I fail to see the problem here. Its strategy to align yourself with an easier opponent in future rounds.

    Hell, MLB, NFL, NHL, and NBA teams do it ALL the time. You always see teams dropping down a few spots in the standings to get a weaker opponent come playoff time.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Sense

      notice how all the leagues you mention are American. Coincidence? Also how exactly is this sporting? Throwing matches to gain a better chance at winning a medal yourself is cheating, they are not trying to conserve energy, they are deliberately gaming the system. Well done to the IOC, unsportsmen like conduct should never be tolerated.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • bdgfn

      "MLB, NFL, NHL, and NBA teams do it ALL the time. You always see teams dropping down a few spots in the standings to get a weaker opponent come playoff time." Again, examples, please. Of course, you can't come up with them because they don't exist. Teams get beat. Team who have clinched rest their best players. But they don't play to lose. And anyone who thinks they do is an idiot.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • DB

      "I fail to see the problem here. Its strategy to align yourself with an easier opponent in future rounds."

      If you "fail to see" the problem with playing to lose and how it corrupts the sport, I don't know how to explain it to you.

      "Hell, MLB, NFL, NHL, and NBA teams do it ALL the time. You always see teams dropping down a few spots in the standings to get a weaker opponent come playoff time."

      No, they DON'T do it all the time. You made that up, you little liar. In those leagues, teams with weaker records get HARDER matchups, not easier.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jim

    Some people here, defending these cheaters, are missing the point. These are not doing this "to conserve energy for the finals," or gaming the system for "a more favorable" draw at easier opponents – they are doing this to aid fellow countrymen a better chance at a gaining a medal too. Under what definition is that sporting? Let's take these commenters opinions, which are in favor of "the fix" to a logical conclusion to see if their ethical standard passes muster. Rather than play the game, I guess badminton players would have a short, mad dash to the referee's chair to see who could resign first. I mean why even go through the kabuki theater and play it out if losing is the goal?

    August 1, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. carbide scribe

    Blimey!

    August 1, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. Crys

    The whole idea of the Olympics is to have people give it their all and to strive toward their personal best. Trying to lose on purpose so you don't have to face as many challenges in the games to come really goes against the spirit of the games. People need to win the games by their talent, not by conniving their way to the top. There's a difference between pacing yourself in a race and purposely trying to throw a game so you don't have to work as hard to get to the finals.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • DB

      Sports have always been just as much about gamesmanship as athleticism.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    lmao. This, as America borrows money from Chinese people just to meet social security obligations (since Mar 2011, the first month in US history our SSA could not afford to meet obligations and so borrowed).
    America shop's China-Mart. Majority wins! China is OK by US, but not you?

    August 1, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • DB

      Oh, please.

      The overwhelming majority of US public debt is owned by...wait for it...AMERICANS.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. Charlotte Deneice Windham

    It is nab for sports for them to do this. Ban them! Charlotte

    August 1, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jesse

    Bloody 'Ell!!

    August 1, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dave

    So, Badminton is a sport? What's next? Face painting, ringtoss and Pin the Tail on the Donkey?

    August 1, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • bdgfn

      "So, Badminton is a sport? What's next?" I'm thinking Poker. Hell, it takes up hours and hours of time on ESPN, it MUST be a sport!

      August 1, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. This_is_BS

    This is no different than the NFL teams that rest their first string players to have a better shot in the playoffs.

    Unless the Olympic official rules specifically forbid such strategy, they should be reinstated. Otherwise, the decision is biased and strong-armed.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • be quiet

      Yes, Badminton is exactly like NFL football.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. BK Martin

    Wow! The chinese propaganda hacks are out in force on this thread!

    August 1, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. elizatoo

    And who is surprised? I heard that a chinese athlete was apologizing to his country for "only" winning a silver. That says it all folks. Glad someone grew a pair and threw these cheats out.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Greenspam

      And American media was announcing the death of Michael Phelps when he only finished 4th place and only got a silver.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tommy Boy

    But it's okay for a bum like Jimmy Johnson and his cheating crew chief to ride around a racetrack at half speed to protect his points lead? Lots of double standards in sports nowadays. Just sayin......

    August 1, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • hahaha

      Since when is making left turns considered an actual sport?

      August 1, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. TrueBadmintonLover

    I am a Chinese and a badminton lover. I totally support this decision. If you had watched some of the games played by these players who were doing everything they could deliberately to lose, you probably would have been totally dismayed as I did. Their behavior is totally unacceptable and is without doubt against the olympic spirit.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Stephen Y

      我就是专门上来骂你的,少在这里装清高,你也不看看根本问题在哪里,是制度,不是球员。保留实力选择对手这种战术又何止是在羽毛球比赛里面才有。你见过刘翔博尔特预赛用全力跑的么。你见过菲尔普斯叶诗文预赛用全力游的么。少跟我扯奥林匹克精神,当我有机会拿金牌的时候,我不确保一块金牌而为了什么奥林匹克精神全力赢比赛然后碰到另外一对中国选手? 你看看留言板上老外们都在支持球员,看到最反对的,反正是你们这种中国人。

      August 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Angelina

    This person is a troll who stole my name to try and make me look bad.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. scranton

    Badminton a sport? Really?

    August 1, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
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