Four badminton teams were kicked out of the women’s doubles at the London Games on Wednesday for trying to lose on purpose. The eight doubles players are from China, South Korea and Indonesia.
The women are accused of losing group play matches in order to play in an easier elimination bracket. Six of the eight women have already filled an appeal with the Badminton World Federation.
The London 2012 chariman Lord Coe has described the behaviour by several female Olympics doubles badminton players as “depressing” and “unacceptable”. www.bbc.co.uk
So far 8 badminton players thrown out of event not whole Olympics, but I understand IOC to consider removing accreditation + expelling them
— James Pearce (@Pearcesport) August 1, 2012
This is the latest scandal involving the London 2012 Olympic games. The Chinese have already under gone major scrutiny Ye Shiwen’s return lap in the 400 meters individual medley. Shiwen swam the final 50 meters faster than one of the fastest men in the world American Ryan Lochte.
Sceptics questioned how her performance could have improved so dramatically; and, in particular, how she could have racked up such an astonishingly fast final 100 metres. www.guardian.co.uk
Shiwen swam the 400 meters individual medley at a time of 4:28.43 which won her the gold medal and a new world record.
SW: Ye Shiwen swam the last 50m of her 400m IM last night in 28.93s, FASTER than Ryan Lochte swam his last 50m of his 400m IM (29.10s).
— Infostrada Sports (@Infostrada2012) July 29, 2012
Everyone wants to say Shiwen did it clean. I would like to believe what the young swimmer did. Many people are questioning the american coach who is challenging the result. We must remember that China has been accused of doping their swimmers in the past.
“In the 1990s, the reputation of Chinese swimming wasn’t good. There were a lot of doping problems. But it really is very different now. A lot of attention is paid to training. And despite breaking the world record, Ye Shiwen didn’t come out of nowhere. Her results have steadily been improving,” he said. “So I think it is down to training, not other methods.” www.nbcolympics.com
Ye Shiwen will be given the benefit of the doubt. She has been drug tested and the tests have returned negative.