2 Aug 2012

Eight badminton players disqualified

1:09 am on 2 August 2012

The Badminton World Federation has disqualified eight players after accusing them of "not using one's best efforts to win".

Four pairs of players - two from South Korea and one each from China and Indonesia - are out of the Olympics after their matches on Tuesday.

The eight were charged after a stream of basic errors during the match, the BBC reports.

All four pairs were accused of wanting to lose in an attempt to manipulate the draw for the knockout stage.

The federation met on Wednesday morning discuss the matter. As well as the "not using best efforts" charge, the players were also accused of "conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport".

Teams had blamed the introduction of a round-robin stage rather than a straight knockout tournament as the catalyst. In the round-robin format, losing one game can lead to an easier match-up in the next round.

In the first women's doubles match at Wembley Arena on Tuesday, fans jeered China's Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli and South Koreans Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na .

The longest rally in the first game lasted four shots, with match referee Thorsten Berg coming on to the court at one point to warn the players.

South Korea won the Group A match, which lasted 23 minutes, 21-14 21-11.

Both pairs were already through to the quarterfinals, with the winners to face China's Tian Quing and Zhao Yunlei. The two Chinese pairings could have only met in the final following the results in the final group game.