By Bobby Pollier, EnStarz | Aug 02, 2012 11:04 AM EDT
Eight female badminton players have been disqualified from the 2012 London Olympic Games for intentionally losing their matchups.
The Badminton World Federation recently made the announcement after players residing from South Korea, China and Indonesia allegedly threw their matches in order to face easier competition in the upcoming rounds; which had drawn several warnings from match officials amidst loud boos.
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The players are accused of "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," in regards to the ordeal that took place this past Tuesday. The Indonesian and South Korean team had appealed their charges and punishments and fortunately, the Chinese authorities have accepted.
A spectator and his wife had the following to say regarding the London Games scandal, according to CNN:
"It's not in the spirit of the thing," said Kevin Button of Ashford, which is just outside London.
"And it's so disappointing for the people who came to see it," said Button's wife, Tina.Badminton Sca "It leaves a bit of a sour taste."
Former 1992 GB Olympian Badminton player Adam Goode also shared his thoughts on the shocking incident.
"It was a decision they had to make, and they had to make quickly," he said. "I've never seen any sporting event, any major event, where two players or two pairs just stood on a court and haven't tried."
Although it is not a widely popular sport in the United States, Badminton is highly renowned in several Asian and European nations.
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