Eight female badminton players, including the world champions from China, have been expelled from the London 2012 Olympics for deliberately playing poorly
LONDON, United Kingdom -- Four pairs of badminton players from South Korea, China and Indonesia have been expelled from the Olympics after the Badminton World Federation found them guilty of "not using one's best efforts to win".
The players played deliberately poorly on Tuesday, drawing a caution from the umpire and jeers from the crowds at Wembley Arena. All eight players had been accused of wanting to lose in an attempt to manipulate the draw for the knockout stage.
Following a meeting on Wednesday morning, the Badminton World Federation found the players "conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport", and "not using [their] best efforts to win".
International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams confirmed the eight players have been thrown out of the London 2012 Olympics:
"I've heard from the federation that they’ve thrown out all of them," he said in an interview at the Olympic Park on Wednesday.
Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London organising committee, condemned the players' behaviour, saying: "It’s depressing, who wants to sit through something like that?"
Gail Emms, a 2004 badminton Olympic silver medallist, was quoted by BBC News as saying:
"I'm furious. It is very embarrassing for our sport.
"This is the Olympic Games. This is something that is not acceptable. The crowd paid good money to watch two matches."
List of badminton players expelled from the London 2012 Olympics
Yu Yang [China]
Wang Xiaoli [China]
Jung Kyung-Eun [South Korea]
Kim Ha-na [South Korea]
Ha Jung-Eun [South Korea]
Kim Min-Jung [South Korea]
Meiliana Juahari [Indonesia]
Greysia Polii [Indonesia]