World Badminton Federation disqualified eight badminton players after a game-fixing allegation occurred.
In a statement released by WBF, they said that these eight badminton athletes cheated after they have observed that these players gave less effort during their matches in a bid to lose their respective matches.
“The pairs have been charged … with ‘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.”
The athletes who are disqualified include China’s world champion Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang, Indonesia’s Meiliana Jauhari and Greysia Polii, and South Korean players Jung Kyung-eun, Kim Ha-na, Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung.
Chinese badminton player Yu Yang announced her retirement from the sport following her disqualification from the London 2012 Olympic Games.
According to the initial investigation of the organizers, they have observed that South Koreans Kyung-eun and Ha-na were trying to stay away from the Chinese team in the next round and intentionally hit serves into the net or out of the court, while also putting other shots wide.
The South Korean coach Sung Han-kook admitted that the dirty tactic was originally done by the Chinese team and they were just copying their method.
On the other hand, the badminton match between Jung-eun and Min-jing against Indonesian pair Poloo and Jauhari also ended in a scandal. They were almost disqualified by the tournament referee, but the coaches from both teams requested to give them a chance.
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