CNN – Eight female badminton players were thrown out of the Olympics on Wednesday for trying to lose matches the day before, the Badminton World Federation announced after a disciplinary hearing. The players from China, South Korea and Indonesia were accused of playing to lose to face easier opponents in future matches. The eight players concerned had all already qualified for the quarterfinals of the tournament before the final matches of the group stage on Tuesday night. But the results of the last group matches mean the Chinese pair, Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang – ranked No. 1 in the world – avoid potentially facing another top Chinese duo until the final on Saturday.British sports fans going into the Olympic Park on Wednesday called it “shocking” after seeing parts of the matches on television. “It’s not in the spirit of the thing,” said Kevin Button, from Ashford in Kent, just outside of London.”And it’s so disappointing for the people who came to see it,” his wife Tina said. “It leaves a bit of a sour taste.”
It’s not Munich in 72, but it’s close. And I’m not talking about the Chinese, South Korean and Indonesian throwing games either. I’m talking about them getting kicked out of the Olympics. Are you kidding me bro? The goal is to win the whole damn thing right? So if losing a meaningless game gives you a better matchup in the next round you lose the game. You don’t need to be some Chinese math wiz to figure that out. That’s not cheating or a disgrace. That’s smart badminton in my book. If you want to blame anybody here blame those suckers in the Badminton World Federation for not coming up with a better tournament design. This is on them not the players.
PS – I need more sports like these on TV. Enough swimming and gymnastics. Give me the freaky shit like Badminton, ping pong and fencing.
Double PS – China has to be the ugliest country in the game right? All their female athletes look like dudes. It’s wild.