Asian Olympic Badminton Players Disqualified for Abusing Rules
Eight Asian shuttlers have been sent home after being disqualified in doubles competition for deliberately throwing matches on Tuesday night.
The behavior in question involved players deliberately losing in order to receive a more favorable match-up during later competition at Wembley Arena.
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has launched their own disciplinary proceedings since the events took place and will deliver their response.
The organization has established that all four doubles teams will face charges of “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”.
Chinese players made public apologies to fans and audience members for not delivering a match exhibiting their utmost skill.
Players from China, South Korea, and Indonesia we’re all banned after the federation became aware of the practice.
The same tactics were employed by the Japanese women’s soccer team. However, no charges were lauded against the team’s coach when he influenced his team to seek a 0-0 tie with South Africa on Tuesday to avoid a quarterfinals trip to Scotland.
The debate has been raised as to whether or not this is in fact cheating of clever gamesmanship.
Take for instance the example of Barbados v Granada in the 1994 Shell Caribbean Cup, where Barbados scored an own goal in order to carry the game into overtime. Barbados sought to score an extra-time goal, worth 2 points in tournament play, which they did, eventually amassing the points necessary to carry the team to victory.