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[Updated] Controversies at the OG: Badminton/Table Tennis/Athletics

Badminton:

Round robin behind Badminton scandal

Teams are blaming the introduction of a round-robin stage in place of a straight knock out tournament for the badminton scandal that has hit the London Olympics.

The round-robin format opens the door for results to be manipulated to earn an easier matchup in the knockout stages.

This is how the farcical scenes played out in London on Tuesday.

The top Chinese pair allegedly threw their match to try to secure a more favourable draw after their second-seeded team unexpectedly lost to a Danish duo on Tuesday morning.

That placed the No.2 pair on course for a semi-final meeting with world doubles champions Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang, instead of in the final.

Wang and Yu's quarter-final loss should have put them in the bottom half of the draw.

They hardly exerted themselves, and neither did the South Koreans, drawing jeers of derision from the crowd and warnings from the umpire and tournament referee Torsten Berg.

An hour later, the South Korean team Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung faced the Indonesians, with both teams apparently adopting a similar losing strategy to avoid meeting Wang and Yu.

Early on, all four players were warned by the umpire for not trying hard, and Berg returned and produced black cards to disqualify both pairs, but the cards were rescinded on a promise of better play.

In the third game, Berg reappeared to urge them to finish, and the Indonesians ended up being better at losing than Ha and Kim, who fell into the playoff they didn't want with the world champions.

Beijing badminton silver medallist Gail Emms said the matches were embarrassing to watch.

"It was absolutely shocking," she said. "The crowds were booing and chanting 'Off, off, off."'

Erick Thohir, the head of Indonesia's Olympic team accused Chinese players of losing on purpose in the past.

"China has been doing this so many times and they never get sanctioned by the BWF," Thohir said.

IOC vice president Craig Reedie, the former head of the international badminton federation, welcomed the disqualifications.

"Sport is competitive," Reedie said. "If you lose the competitive element, then the whole thing becomes a nonsense."

LOCOG chief executive officer Paul Deighton said there would be no ticket refunds for the evening's badminton program.

London 2012 Chairman Sebastian Coe called what happened "depressing," adding "who wants to sit through something like that?"

Source: http://wwos.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8509294

Table tennis:

I can't be sure what's going on, but Ding Ning (#1 women's table tennis player) is clearly unhappy and flustered by the umpire in the gold medal match.

[B]Athletics: [B]


Breaking news: Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria has been excluded from the Games for not trying in today's 800m heat. This is a significant story as Makhloufi stormed to victory in the 1500m semi-finals and was a medal favourite, but will not be allowed to compete any further. Algeria failed to withdraw him from the 800m before yesterday's deadline and he was visibly not putting the effort in today. More on site soon...

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Ding Ning got screwed by the umpire because of her serve. She deifnitely was affected by that.

Seems like the Olympics are secretly trying to screw the Asians in the Olympics this time.
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They should banned li yongbo from badminton ever. He is the guy behind all the fixing match between chinese player. And shame to INA's wd too

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Just read on badminton forum that Yu Yang is left the sport for good!

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Badminton:

Round robin behind Badminton scandal

Teams are blaming the introduction of a round-robin stage in place of a straight knock out tournament for the badminton scandal that has hit the London Olympics.

The round-robin format opens the door for results to be manipulated to earn an easier matchup in the knockout stages.

This is how the farcical scenes played out in London on Tuesday.

The top Chinese pair allegedly threw their match to try to secure a more favourable draw after their second-seeded team unexpectedly lost to a Danish duo on Tuesday morning.

That placed the No.2 pair on course for a semi-final meeting with world doubles champions Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang, instead of in the final.

Wang and Yu's quarter-final loss should have put them in the bottom half of the draw.

They hardly exerted themselves, and neither did the South Koreans, drawing jeers of derision from the crowd and warnings from the umpire and tournament referee Torsten Berg.

An hour later, the South Korean team Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung faced the Indonesians, with both teams apparently adopting a similar losing strategy to avoid meeting Wang and Yu.

Early on, all four players were warned by the umpire for not trying hard, and Berg returned and produced black cards to disqualify both pairs, but the cards were rescinded on a promise of better play.

In the third game, Berg reappeared to urge them to finish, and the Indonesians ended up being better at losing than Ha and Kim, who fell into the playoff they didn't want with the world champions.

Beijing badminton silver medallist Gail Emms said the matches were embarrassing to watch.

"It was absolutely shocking," she said. "The crowds were booing and chanting 'Off, off, off."'

Erick Thohir, the head of Indonesia's Olympic team accused Chinese players of losing on purpose in the past.

"China has been doing this so many times and they never get sanctioned by the BWF," Thohir said.

IOC vice president Craig Reedie, the former head of the international badminton federation, welcomed the disqualifications.

"Sport is competitive," Reedie said. "If you lose the competitive element, then the whole thing becomes a nonsense."

LOCOG chief executive officer Paul Deighton said there would be no ticket refunds for the evening's badminton program.

London 2012 Chairman Sebastian Coe called what happened "depressing," adding "who wants to sit through something like that?"

Source: http://wwos.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8509294

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The funny thing is ... the players were playing for the Olympic gold.
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I don't like to see losing deliberately, but actually I think disqualifying is harsh. What if they'd done this more tactfully? Rules shouldn't encourage to lose. That's why they should abandon Round Robin.
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Reminds me of when Vika half-assed a meaningless round robin match at YEC and got booed in Istanbul.

Deliberately losing is deserving of a disqualification. It is basically match fixing.

I actually think the rule of two from each country is a bit anti-China, though.
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I actually think the rule of two from each country is a bit anti-China, though.
Does that apply to singles' badminton, too? I mean also Olympic tennis has two team rule for doubles. But two entrant rule sucks, I think. If you're World's 3rd best, you should have a chance to win Olympic Bronze, even if No. 1 and 2 are from your country.
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Ironically, the team that benefits the most from this is China's number 2, Tian/Zhao. Their unexpected loss is what basically set the whole tanking mess into motion and now they will most likely win gold
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I'd be ashamed if my country does something like this. Now the pairs from Russia and South Africa got the lucky spots

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I'd be ashamed if my country does something like this. Now the pairs from Russia and South Africa got the lucky spots
Canada also benefited from this fiasco...

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More round robin fiascos... shocking.
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i watched them play, and they seriously need to practice pretending to lose.
serving into the net like that was worse than watching a 10-yr-old play

i don't fault their strategy though. there's obviously something massively flawed in the draw system if players will try to lose matches.
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This should never have had a RR format, but they also shouldn't have tried to throw the match.

Also couldn't they just have done a fake injury and retired If they wanted to throw it.

This guarantees Rio won't be a RR format.
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