Eight badminton players disqualified after’attempting to throw matches’
Eight badminton players are out of the London 2012 doubles competition for trying to lose on purpose, after their appeals against expulsion were rejected.
Related Tags: South Korea China Indonesia London Korea Combination photo made August 1, 2012 shows the women’s doubles pair of (clockwise from top left) China’s Wang Xiaoli (L) and Yang Yu, South Korea’s Jung Kyung Eun (Top) and Kim Ha Na, Indonesia’s Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari and South Korea’s Ha Jung-eun (L) and Kim Min-jung during their matches during the London 2012 Olympics. The World Badminton Federation charged eight female players with misconduct on August 1, 2012 after four Olympic doubles teams had attempted to”throw” matches to secure a more favourable draw later in the tournament. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhummad/Files (BRITAIN – Tags: SPORT BADMINTON OLYMPICS)
The four pairs – two from South Korea, one from China and one from Indonesia – had been sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation for not using one’s best efforts to win a match’ and conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport’.
South Korea had their appeal rejected by the Badminton World Federation while Indonesia later withdrew their decision to challenge the expulsion.
China have yet to comment but all eight pairs will take no further part in the competition.
The match between China’s Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli – the world doubles champions – and South Koreans Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na descended into farce when players started making deliberate mistakes, including serving into the net.
As the crowd booed and jeered, referee Thorsten Berg was forced on to the court to warn the players, but it had little effect.
Both pairs were already through to the quarter-finals and South Korea eventually won 21-14, 21-11.
Korea’s coach Sung Han-kook said: The Chinese started this. They did it first.
‘It’s a complicated thing with the draws. They didn’t want to meet each other in the semi-final, they don’t want that to happen.’
Berg is made to intervene again in the battle between Indonesia and South Korea (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)
The problem was repeated in the next women’s doubles between South Korea’s Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung and Indonesia’s Meiliana Jauhari and Greysia Polii.
Berg was forced on to the court again, this time disqualifying the players – although the decision was rescinded when the Indonesians protested.
The South Koreans won 18-21, 21-14, 21-12.
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