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. Joshua

    I believe the refer to this as sandbagging in some "sports"

    Leave it to the Chinese to artificially deflate their skill to try and screw everyone else over, they've been doing it with their currency for some time now...

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

    It's badminton... Who cares and why is it even an Olympic sport

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

      Exactly! How this 'activity' made it in to the Olympics is mind boggling.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. Michael

    Wow, what is it with China, do they have no shame nor honor? First they obviously doped up their swimmer and now two teams have been ejected from the Olympics. I have lost all respect for China big time.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kwestchum Mark

    The punishment should be a public game of Scrabble. It's an Olympic Sport, too. Right ?

    August 1, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rose

    There is obviously an anti-Chinese bias with these western spectators. China is kicking butt in the Olympics, and they're making excuses as to why. Anyone remember a man named Adolf Hitler during the Berlin Olympics?

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

      Germany had the most medals in Berlin. A lot more. More than the 2nd and 3rd in medal count (U.S.A and Hungary) combined. Google it. I know you are trying to compare it to Jesse Owens but Hitler was a bit of a racist mad man.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bart Fargo

    Anything it takes to keep the Chinese from winning both the gold and overall medal counts this time.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tom Jefferson

    lol..... BOOM!...... LOL

    August 1, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. Gary Ford

    I think the real reason they were kicked out was that they were actually men in womens clothing. Look at the photos and tell me I'm wrong.

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

      You're wrong.

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

    BBC reports that the players are disqualified from the double tournament but not expelled from the Olympics.
    Not sure where CNN get the facts from...

    August 1, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  10. erich2112x

    And because of their naturally slanted eyes, it was impossible for the judges to see them winking at each other.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  11. Michael

    btw, you can't blame the athletes from China. They obviously live in a country where the gov't controls every aspect and this is just one of those aspects.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dan Gorman

    It's not called "goodminton" for a reason

    August 1, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. Phil in Oregon

    Tried to lose, did they? Well, it worked WAY better than they thought it would. They might be this Olympiad's biggest losers.

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

    I don't get it. A team with more victories would have the higher seed and the higher seed gets an easier opponent in the playoffs, right? What am I missing?

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

      Chinese didn't wanted to win becasue if they do than they will face Chinese team(another Chinese Team) in semifinal and if they lose then they will face them in final and i guess other teams wanted to face them each other before final so that they can have change to be in final.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. H1bee

    Missy Franklin swam slower in her heat to save herself for the final. Should she be disqualified?

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

      No, Missy Franklin shouldn't be disqualified because she's a good clean white American.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • analysisparalysis

      Really? This is the same thing to you?

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