8 badminton players expelled from London Olympics 2012 for game throwing

By on Aug 2, 2012 in Asia, Europe, Sports Comments

Eight female badminton players were expelled from London Olympics 2012 on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 for throwing their games, or trying to lose matches so that they can receive a more favorable position in the tournament.

As noted at The New York Times that day, two pairs of badminton players from South Korea and one pair each from Indonesia and China were involved in the “basic errors” during their games on Tuesday night. All of them are being accused of wanting to lose, in an attempt to manipulate the draw for the knockout stage.

According to the report, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) conducted an investigation before they have decided that the four pairs of badminton players be disqualified from the 2012 Olympic Games. All of them are already qualified for the quarterfinals of the tournament before the games on Tuesday night.

Among those who were disqualified are Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli of China and Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na of South Korea. China lost their women’s doubles pair match from South Korea on Tuesday. Both teams reportedly avoided to play against Chinese duo Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei, in the quarterfinals.

On the other hand, Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung of South Korea and Meilana Jauhari and Greysia Polli of Indonesia were also expelled from the London Olympics for the same reason, who played against each other about an hour after the game that was being questioned.

Badminton World Federation Secretary General Thomas Lund noted that these eight badminton players have violated the Players’ Code of Conduct, Sections 4.5 and 4.6, 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.”

The 8 badminton players who were expelled from London Olympics 2012
Image Credit: Bazuki Muhammad/Reuters

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