August 2nd, 2012
02:00 AM ET

Chinese badminton player disqualified from Olympics says she is quitting

One of the Chinese badminton players disqualified from the Olympics for trying to lose a match has said she is quitting the sport, accusing the badminton governing body of ruining her dreams.

"This is my last match," Yu Yang wrote on her microblog account late Wednesday. "Farewell Badminton World Federation, farewell my beloved badminton."

Yu, her women's doubles partner, Wang Xiaoli, and six other players were kicked out of the competition on Wednesday by the Badminton World Federation in one of the most controversial episodes of the London Games so far.

The athletes were accused of playing to lose in order to face easier opponents in future matches, drawing boos from spectators and warnings from match officials Tuesday night. The other doubles pairs booted out were from South Korea and Indonesia.


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  1. KK

    Players play within the rules set by Badminton World Federation. All officials with Badminton World Federation should resign. Bad management, yet hold others responsible. They should have studied Dr. Deming's management philosophy.

    August 2, 2012 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
    • The Facts of Life

      Maybe they were in their period and just didn't feel up to snuff.

      August 3, 2012 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. ronvan

    A BLACK EYE, on the olympics! IF this is in the badminton rules and regulations then, OK. IF not, then they have been screwed! I tend to agree with Yu Yang. This is the olympics! Those athelets are the BEST of thier country and have trained and sacrificed to get there! YOU play your heart out to WIN, no give or take!! Even to "Manipulate" the system is a disgrace. WIN with style & class, LOOSE with honor and dignity!

    August 2, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I agree totally, ronvan.
      Everyone should give their all at the Olymics; this is what they trained for, after all.

      August 2, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. clemvinson71

    On the other hand, badminton hasn't enjoyed this much press since.... well, since ever...

    yep, a shoddy set-up, athletes motivated to not win, and a bunch of silly little rackets... no one cared last week, and they won't care again next week. Enjoy your spotlight, it fades fast, just like anyone's ability to watch such a silly spectacle like badminton.

    August 2, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. Nate

    Badminton is the coolest sport ever. We play it in PE sometimes. I hope we get to this year too, when school starts back.

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

    Simple change in rules would end all controvery, single elimination.
    You lose your out.
    Random draws, final 4 enter for medals.
    No prelims, you go to win or stay home.
    If your national team sucks then why waste time and your peoples money sending them.

    Ah but the olympics is much more than a sporting event. it is a commercial entertainment industry.

    It is also a political. propaganda ploy by worlds most powerfull economic and molitarily powerfull.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    So she quits.
    She got caught.

    August 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Conservative Territory"

    Like getting disqualified for pitching pennies....totally stupid. Go quit waaaAAHH!!!!

    August 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Harry Balsaak

    Just because you can't appreciate a sport that requires lightning speed and incredible precision, you shouldn't belittle it with your petty comments. If you were raised in a oppressive environment where your voice of opposition meant nothing, you probably wouldn't protest, you would try to find a way to give yourself the best chance of success. Just like they did! Blame the Olympics for having an unfair system of managing the pool of teams. Blame the coach's for not setting higher expectations. Try suggesting the NBA or NFL manage the playoffs with a random pick of teams to play each other. We would have riots in the streets.

    August 3, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MDCambridge

    China was attempting to position their top teams to win the most medals. If the US had the top teams that could possibly eliminate one another, we would have done the same. The RULES need to be corrected, not the athletes.

    August 3, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • DJD137NC

      Both the rules and the athletes need corrected.

      The rules created an inadvertent loophole...
      but one which anyone with common sense
      knows is outside of the spirit of the Olympics
      or good, ethical behavior.

      August 3, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Grandpa RD

    BADminton is a wussy sport anyway, so who gives a whit?

    August 3, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. DJD137NC

    China is all in favor of cheating to win.

    But this young lady made a terrible mistake.
    She cheated so obviously that China could be made accountable.

    So the price she is paying is losing her affiliation with the sport.
    Given what she did, I cannot feel the slightest bit sorry for her.

    But what's pathetic is how China feigns outrage.

    I'm sure they'll be coaching members of the 2016 Olympics
    team how to cheat without being so terribly obvious and
    getting caught.

    August 3, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |