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. fair-rules

    the game rules are the one to blame. in the games, the match paring is to avoid people to match each other if possible.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. ronvan

    I just don't know. John's post does bring up some good examples of, what appears to be the same thing here. IF the system allows this then maybe instead of being DQ'd those involved should have received the "BAD ACTING" medal!

    August 1, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. be quiet

    When they found out they were disqualified, they flipped everyone the birdy.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. disagreement

    Sooooo who is favored now?

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

    Why punish strategy? If they want to lose let then lose. Why does it matter?

    August 1, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. nykspree8

    Uhm really? There is no rule that states they cannot do otherwise, so why are they being thrown out?

    August 1, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. carbide scribe

    The queen should be called out on the carpet and james bond sent to investigate.
    Were the stands at least full?

    August 1, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. Alex

    I definitely think that this violates the spirit of the games, but throwing the teams out is harsh given the widespread nature of the "strategy." I would hate to see people lose their Olympic dreams simply for that and maybe a warning or future sanctions are more appropriate to set a precedent going forward.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Oldersista

      Um, wait a minute, 'simply for that'? That's cheating of the highest degree. Future sanctions would affect future contestants....that's not right. This is fair. You cheat, you get caught, you forfeit your opportunity.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. carbide scribe

    Lol

    August 1, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. TheCommoner

    Those who are supporting the cheating players, you are ridiculous. Because these cheaters threw away their games, some other teams lost a shot at an olympic medal (eg. India). The Chinese players threw away their game because they didn't want another Chinese team to run into them and lose a chance of another medal. Definitely not good sportmanship, and very definitely cheating. They deserve what they have been served (pun intended :)).

    August 1, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Kev

      Those who are supporting the cheating players, you are ridiculous – The Commoner

      How exactly did India miss their chance... Those teams did well enough to be able to lose games and still be in contention for a medal, they earned that right to be able to lose. Even if they all played their best India would not have a chance because it will be the same teams playing, just playing different opponents.

      Honestly they should not have been kicked out, there was no rules against doing what was in essence the obvious thing to do for the best shot at medals with the way the tournament bracket was set up. Should be best teams play worst teams not best teams play best teams and worse teams play worse teams with the finals between the best best team and the best worse team.

      August 1, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Angelina

    Looks like Americans are always looking for an excuse to put an entire group of people in a box while conveniently forgetting their own country's track-record (pun intended).

    August 1, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. Norm

    How dangerous throwing matches.
    They could have set the place on fire.....

    August 1, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mike Nelson

    Now wait just a gosh darn cotton picking minute here. You're trying to tell me there's such a thing as a World Badminton Federation that actually has authority over something other than where they eat their lunch on any given day? NOW I've heard of everything and can rest peacefully until my final moment arrives.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. jdr24

    If losing puts the team in a better spot than winning then blame the system, not the players.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. stratboy

    Badminton is an Olympic sport? And it made the front page of CNN? Wow...

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