Updated: 02/08/2012 08:42 | By pa.press.net

Badminton eight disqualified



The four women's doubles pairs deliberately attempted to lose games

The four women's doubles pairs deliberately attempted to lose games

The four women's doubles pairs at the centre of a match-fixing scandal at the London 2012 badminton tournament have been disqualified, the Badminton World Federation has announced.

The top seeds from China, two pairs from South Korea and another from Indonesia deliberately conceded points in an apparent attempt to lose their matches and manipulate the quarter-final draw.

All eight players had been charged by the Badminton World Federation/BWF with "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 Indonesians and Koreans have appealed against the decision and the outcome of that is expected to be communicated before the evening session, when the pairs were scheduled to play.

The four pairs had been due to play their last-eight matches in Wednesday evening's session at Wembley Arena but it is thought the schedule will now be reconstituted. One possibility would be to allow the pairs who finished third and fourth in the groups behind the banished players to take their places in draw.

The fiasco began when top seeds Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang seemingly tried to engineer defeat against Korea's Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na to avoid finishing top of their group. That would have kept them in the opposite side of the draw to compatriots Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei.

The Koreans responded by apparently trying to lose themselves, before a second pair from their country, Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung, took the retaliation further by failing to play properly against Indonesia's Meiliana Jauhari and Greysia Polii. In turn, the Indonesians then became involved.

The players were booed off court by an irate crowd during the evening session and the BWF launched an investigation. Several hours later, they announced charges had been made. It is understood the players were being informed of the decision before it was officially announced.

The decision by the BWF to introduce a group stage rather than hold a straight knockout competition had not been universally popular. Fears that players could contrive results had even been expressed to tournament referee Thorsten Berg by some teams earlier in the day.

France coach Fabrice Vallet said: "By deciding to organise the tournament with a group section, when you had two doubles pairs of certain countries, it was obvious something like this would happen. It happened."

162Comments
01/08/2012 14:24
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Great. Any appeals should be ignored. Sport is sport and the aim of the game is to win, fixing results is completely wrong and is another way of cheating.
01/08/2012 14:28
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Great decision!

Corruption seems to be rife at the moment. 

What with the MPs expenses, Leveson enquiry, Barclays, etc it is good to see someone take a stand and bring these cheats to book. The public will welcome this like a breath of fresh air.

Let's hope Leveson takes a leaf out of the Badminton World Federation's book and condemn the bigger cheats accordingly.

01/08/2012 19:08
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send them home its cheating plain and simple,its te only way to show fair play
01/08/2012 14:38
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Please please please do not reinstate these players for deliberately conceding points in attempt to manipulate the matches.  It is a blatent abuse of the game and the rules of the Olympics.  People who had paid good money to come and watch such disappointing play do not deserve to see them reinstated.
01/08/2012 14:44
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send them home they should never beable to take part in any world games again the olympics is for world class players not world class cheats 
01/08/2012 14:23
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Whether not trying your best through to betting...Contriving a result to create a competition advantage is not in the best interest of any sport, simply kick them out.

I hope that a decision of this type is not overturned as was the case earlier this week when Team GB clearly won a Gymnastics Silver.

01/08/2012 19:20
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If your going to cheat as this was you must pay the price
01/08/2012 14:50
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disqualify them. no appeal. should be ashamed of themselves for such behaviour at this level of competition.  i hope the relevant govts (the countries involved) throw the book at them. that should put a stop to all such behaviour in the future.
01/08/2012 19:30
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Just watched some TV clips of  the pathetic examples from these 'matches',the equivalent of footballers kicking the ball out of play in an effort to lose,and who would pay to watch that??? Disgraceful and hardly 'sport' in any shape or form,good riddance and please don't use the group format as an excuse for this shambles to happen again.
01/08/2012 16:48
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i commented when this first appeared yesterday

 

it was an appaling display of non sportsmanship

 

i am very glad they have come down so heavy on them

 

THE OLYMPICS DO NO NEED THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOUR

01/08/2012 16:48
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Good, should also be banned from all competitions!
01/08/2012 16:07
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it is fair that they have been penalised for what was a disgusting show of cheating. Appeals should not be allowed. Let those who have worked hard for the medal positions win them. Cheats should not be rewarded.
01/08/2012 15:18
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I've played badminton for close to 45 years and have never tanked a game. I don't even think that I could given the competitve nature of the sport. The players concerned were clearly under orders from their coaches to do this and thus gain an unfair advantage in the following rounds. A shameful act by all concerned, sanctions should be handed out to the teams as a whole to prevent subsequent cheating.
01/08/2012 14:32
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I think its a disgrace, footballers are fined and worse for match fixing why should this be any different
02/08/2012 01:33
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In all sports Rule 1 is usually

"Players must conduct themselves in a sportsman like manner at all times."

 

They clearly broke the rules and were disquailified. Appeals will probably be heard and dismissed.

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kick them out and ban them from all olympic games
01/08/2012 20:54
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What a disgrace. You train for 4 years to be the best and compete in the Olympics and yet you are stupid to even think you could possibly get away with that. They should be barred for life. What about making them compensate all the people who paid to watch them?
01/08/2012 17:27
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True champions should not have to resort to cheating or trying to cheat their way to an easier game to win gold medals. Shame on them!!!
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Badminton eight disqualifiedThe four women's doubles pairs at the centre of a match-fixing scandal at the London 2012 badminton tournament have been disqualified, the Badminton World Federation has announced.pa.press.net2012-08-02T08:42:422012-08-02T08:42:42The four women's doubles pairs deliberately attempted to lose gamesThe four women's doubles pairs at the centre of a match-fixing scandal at the London 2012 badminton tournament have been disqualified, the Badminton World Federation has announced.The top seeds from China, two pairs from South Korea and another from Indonesia deliberately conceded points in an apparent attempt to lose their matches and manipulate the quarter-final draw.All eight players had been charged by the Badminton World Federation/BWF with "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 Indonesians and Koreans have appealed against the decision and the outcome of that is expected to be communicated before the evening session, when the pairs were scheduled to play.The four pairs had been due to play their last-eight matches in Wednesday evening's session at Wembley Arena but it is thought the schedule will now be reconstituted. One possibility would be to allow the pairs who finished third and fourth in the groups behind the banished players to take their places in draw.The fiasco began when top seeds Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang seemingly tried to engineer defeat against Korea's Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na to avoid finishing top of their group. That would have kept them in the opposite side of the draw to compatriots Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei.The Koreans responded by apparently trying to lose themselves, before a second pair from their country, Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung, took the retaliation further by failing to play properly against Indonesia's Meiliana Jauhari and Greysia Polii. In turn, the Indonesians then became involved.The players were booed off court by an irate crowd during the evening session and the BWF launched an investigation. Several hours later, they announced charges had been made. It is understood the players were being informed of the decision before it was officially announced.The decision by the BWF to introduce a group stage rather than hold a straight knockout competition had not been universally popular. Fears that players could contrive results had even been expressed to tournament referee Thorsten Berg by some teams earlier in the day.France coach Fabrice Vallet said: "By deciding to organise the tournament with a group section, when you had two doubles pairs of certain countries, it was obvious something like this would happen. 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