Eight shuttlers have been disqualified from the women's doubles competition for being accused of
Thank goodness! We don't want cheats in any game who bring disrepute to their sport and the spirit of the Olympiad.
Sports persons should always do their best in whichever event they participate in and not try to under perform or deliberately to lose in order to gain an advantage in later rounds.
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) have to largely shoulder the blame for failing to take any action when they had opportunity to in the past.
The Chinese badminton players had been notorious in throwing a game or two to allow a compatriot a certain advantage.
There is no need to mention who always seemed to be either sick or not feeling up to the weather whenever it was convenient for the player to do so in order to give a walkover or to allow a fellow compatriot to win or go through the next round
But what had the BWF been doing when those things happened?
Now that the charade happened at the Olympics, perhaps the BWF had no choice but to act.
What a disgrace!
UPDATE: Indonesia's gentleman shuttler, Taufik Hidayat, called the whole charade a "circus". He was quoted by AFP to have said
While China's Lin Dan, of all people, blamed the organisers for setting up a schedule that opened the door to match manipulation. What a sick joke for the Chinese ace to say so!
Lin Dan was quoted by AFP to have said
Neither do I understand why players should nevertheless disgrace themselves just because they can manipulate a match, you blockhead! Aren't you fellows there in the true spirit of sportsmen and women?
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