Politics takes the enjoyment from sports at the Olympics. The following is an excerpt from BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/19072677
Eight badminton players have been disqualified from the doubles after being accused of
“not using one’s best efforts to win”.
Two pairs from South Korea and one each from China and Indonesia made a
series of basic errors in Tuesday’s matches.
All four pairs were accused of wanting to lose in an attempt to manipulate
the draw for the knockout stage.
Indonesia and South Korea have appealed and a decision is expected before
Wednesday’s quarter-finals at 1900 BST.
The Badminton World Federation met on Wednesday morning to discuss the case. As well as the “not using best efforts” charge, the players were also accused of “conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly
abusive or detrimental to the sport”.
Teams had blamed the introduction of a round-robin stage rather than a
straight knockout tournament as the catalyst. In the round-robin format, losing
one game can lead to an easier match-up in the next round.
In the first women’s doubles match at Wembley Arena on Tuesday night, fans
jeered China’s Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli and
South Koreans Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na .
The longest rally in the first game lasted four shots, with match referee
Thorsten Berg coming on to the court at one point to warn the players.
South Korea won the Group A match, which lasted 23 minutes, 21-14 21-11.
Both pairs were already through to the quarter-finals,
with the winners to face China’s Tian Quing and Zhao Yunlei. The two Chinese
pairings could have only met in the final following the results in the final
Speaking before the verdict, 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
“They (BWF) should do something about that.”
But Yu said the Chinese were aiming to preserve energy ahead of the knockout
She said: “Actually these opponents really were strong. This is the first
time we’ve played them and tomorrow it’s the knockout rounds, so we’ve already
qualified and we wanted to have more energy for the knockout rounds.”
eight badminton players were charged with “not using one’s best efforts to win the match” – my former sport blasphemed by the Asian teams who do not want to meet tough opponents before the gold medals.