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the umpire for not trying hard, and Berg returned and produced black cards to disqualify both pairs, but the cards were rescinded on a promise of better play.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?"
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.
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