Badminton eight disqualified
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."
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.
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.
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
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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