Badminton players disqualified over Olympic match-fixing scandal

Wednesday 01 August 2012 16.27
Women charged with 'not using one's best efforts to win a match'
Women charged with 'not using one's best efforts to win a match'

Eight badminton players at the centre of a match-fixing scandal at the London 2012 Olympics have been disqualified from the women's doubles.

The women had been charged by the Badminton World Federation with "not using one's best efforts to win a match".

The top seeds from China, two pairs from South Korea and another from Indonesia deliberately conceded points in an apparent attempt to lose their matches yesterday, to manipulate the quarter-final draw.

All eight were also charged with "conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport".

They were booed by fans at Wembley Arena after repeatedly hitting the shuttlecock into the net, despite warnings from the referee.

The four pairs had been due to play their last eight matches in this evening's session at Wembley Arena but it is thought the schedule will now be reconstituted.

British Minister for Sport and the Olympics Hugh Robertson said the Badminton World Federation made the right decision.

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