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WTA/ITF/WTF - Akiko/Aiko Japanese Olympic Race "soup opera" case

By my calculations (if we ignore players which dont want to compete or is not TOP4 in their countries, or not play at FED CUP) for qualify to Beijing at timedeadline June 9 WTA list last TOP56 qualify player by rankings will have something between 400-450 pts (and ranked about 70 place). Japan right now have one sure competitor (Sugiyama) and two very close: Morigami (currently #69 with 437pts) and Nakamura (currently #71 with 427pts). Last year and this year both lose in 1st round of RG so they will have same number of points so if want some extra improvment they need to compete at some chalenger next week. Today i read this news:


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Sat May 31, 2008 5:24pm BST

PARIS (Reuters) - Organisers of the French Open will investigate claims that Japan's Akiko Morigami was asked to throw a doubles match at the claycourt grand slam this week, the ITF said on Saturday.

Morigami accused a national team coach of asking her to deliberately lose the match as a defeat would boost partner Aiko Nakamura's chances of qualifying for the Beijing Olympics by freeing her up for a tournament next week, Jiji Press reported.

"The ITF takes this allegation very seriously and, with the grand slams and WTA Tour, has zero tolerance for any attempt to influence the outcome of a match," the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said in a statement.

"We will defer, for the present time, to the Roland Garros referee and the grand slam supervisors who will investigate this claim.

"It is especially disappointing for the ITF because even the suggestion of impropriety regarding the Olympic tennis event is contrary to the spirit of the Olympic Games."

The International Olympic Committee said they would not comment until they have all the details of the story.

Morigami, who lost the first-round match in question 6-0 6-1 to Taiwan's fourth seeds Chan Yung-jan and Chuang Chia-jung, told Japanese media: "That a coach would say that to me before a match was a shock.

"It was irritating and a big disappointment. It's a shame. I always try my best to win. That's not something you should say to an athlete. It's a real shame," said Morigami, who did not name the coach.

Japan's number three Nakamura, ranked 71 in the world, still has an outside chance of making the Olympic squad which will be selected via the world rankings published on June 9.

(additional reporting by Alastair Himmer; editing by Miles Evans)


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Re: Most interesting Olympic Race right now - Japan WTF Case

So Nakamura tanked the Doubles?
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Re: WTF in WTA: Morigami/Nakamura Olympic Race Soup Opera case

No one cares about doubles anyway. Qualifying for Olympics is more important.
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Very classy of Morigami to come forward
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They would lose anyway
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They would still lose to Chan/Chuang if they did not tank.

Still love Morigami though.
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No one cares about doubles anyway. Qualifying for Olympics is more important.
Probably exactly that coach says to Morigami and Nakamura

But if Nakamura commit to play next week and Morigami not - she have nice chances to overtake her enough to qualify herself and maybe "disqualify" Morigami (b/c right now both is on the Olympics edge).

BTW... we all know their chances against 4th seeders if they played fair

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Pretty serious allegations if true
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Akiko has been injured lately unfortunately. A good thread from cp6uja though.


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Good on her for speaking out!!!
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Good on her for speaking out!!!
same thought here. I guess most asian athletes had not dared to criticize a coach of the national team!
Tennis needs strong, confident and educated women like Morigami
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same thought here. I guess most asian athletes had not dared to criticize a coach of the national team!
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What does it have to do particularly with Asian?

As for the incident,it was quite a shame really.Love Akiko's truthfulness.

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What does it have to do particularly with Asian?

As for the incident,it was quite a shame really.Love Akiko's truthfulness.
well I guess the coaches in asia are known to be stricter and known to force a lot of pressure on players. Just look at the chinese national team and the incident with meng yuan etc.
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Pretty serious allegations if true
We all know this is truth - but i'm pretty sure that this will be more like Soup Opera than "serious case". It's remind me on last season ATP/WTA "BIG INVESTIGATION" about tennis betting scandals and match-fixing which is started with suspicious matches with strange results where (probably Russian mafia) put couple millions $$$ and at end finished with punishment of couple Italian players which is never involved in some "strange" results or bet at their matches and more lose than won on matches where they bet for couple Euros . Tennis like all other popular sports in modern time actualy need money from betting industry and of course they dont have so seriously investigation in that case - whatever they say at end...

Same organizations (WTA, ATP, ITF) which forced their players to play more matches and tournaments than players need now talking about "zero tollerence" about tanking matches or players calculations. We all know for example that two weeks before RG and one week after Henin anounce retirement all other TOP RG/08 contenders (except JJ which still not learn that strange word "calculations" ) like Maria, Ana, Serena, Sveta... tanked Rome tournament to be better prepared and focussed for more important Paris. It's not nice of course, but also professional sport is cruel and players must protect their interests and priorities and they also know that "Zero tolerance" story is BS demagogy in reality... if WTA even try for some investigation against Maria, Ana or Serena for example b/c Rome "case" that will be bad for their images for sure and Nike, Adidas or Reebok will never forget WTA or Larry Scott for that damage and BTW Rome organizers is actualy very happy b/c this elite players commit to play - so who cares b/c they not played at their best (or simple withdraw after some round).

But here we have two Japanese girls which is not tennis superstars for sure and actualy nobody care will they play or not at Beijing - so it's nice chance for ITF or WTA to shows theirs high norms and principes, "zero tollerance" against all unsportlike things, etc... Also reasons for good "Soup Opera" here will be in specific case - "tanking" this doubles match is realy in good interest of one, but against interests of other player (which is also involved). I like Akiko passion to play in Beijing and protect their rights and talking in public about some taboo "public secrets". On other hand her action is direcly against her compatriot and double partner Aiko. And than we have impressive fast reaction of ITF with "Crusades" in announcement , and which make things there even more bizzare is fact that they "tanked" match against much better opponent which will beat them atleast 90%.

This maybe will be much interest story at end than seems right now!

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But Morigami & Nakamura played together no ? So no big changements in the doubles rankings as they both receive 2 points for this loss, no ?

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