The disgraceful moment two sets of Badminton pairs are KICKED OUT of the Olympics for deliberately trying to lose their games
- Longest rally in one game between Korea and China was just four strokes
- Locog said it would not refund tickets for the matches
- Lord Coe said: 'Depressing. Who wants to sit through something like that'
The eight women involved in last night's badminton match-throwing scandal have been kicked out of the Olympics.
The women's tournament descended into farce in the evening session as four pairs all appeared to try to lose their matches in order to secure a favorable draw in the next round.
The top seeds from China, two pairs from South Korea and another from Indonesia have been disqualified from the tournament and will take no part in this evening's quarter-finals.
The Badminton World Federation immediately launched disciplinary proceedings, confirming all four pairs would face charges 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'.
The disqualification was announced just before lunchtime today.
The four pairs had been due to play their last-eight matches in this evening's session at Wembley Arena but it is thought the schedule will now be reconstituted.
One possibility would be to allow the pairs who finished third and fourth in the groups behind the banished players to take their places in draw.
London 2012 chairman Lord Coe today condemned their questionable tactics but Locog said it would not refund tickets for the matches.
Asked about his own feelings about the play, Lord Coe said: 'Depressing. Who wants to sit through something like that?'
He added: 'The sadness of it is I was actually at the badminton yesterday and I saw a British competitor narrowly fail to progress but the games were incredibly competitive in front of really large enthusiastic audiences.
'I know the (Badminton World Federation) really well and they will take that really seriously. It is unacceptable.'
The women had already qualified for the last eight meaning that the only issues at stake were the final placings in the first-round group stage.
Coming second would have meant avoiding compatriots and second seeds Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei at least until the final.
Tian and Zhao had been sent off their natural path to the final as second seeds by defeat to Denmark's Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen earlier in the day.
The Koreans responded to China's antics by copying them and referee Thorsten Berg emerged to warn all the players.
The match restarted and the Koreans went on to win 21-14 21-11. The longest rally in the first game had been just four strokes.
The matter did not end there as a second Korean pair, the third seeds Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung, then attempted to engineer defeat in their match against Indonesia's Meiliana Jauhari and Greysia Polii.
Their motive was apparent retaliation to avoid Wang and Yu in the quarter-finals, an outcome they failed to achieve as they eventually won 18-21 21-14 21-12.
The Indonesians were not bystanders in the affair either as they responded to the Koreans by trying to lose themselves.
With the crowd getting increasingly restless, Berg again intervened and brandished the black card to disqualify the players.
He quickly rescinded his decision on protest but returned courtside, despite an attempt to restrain him by the Indonesia coach, as the histrionics - now including time-wasting - continued.
'It's a complicated thing with the draws. They didn't want to meet each other in the semi-final, they don't want that to happen.
'They (BWF) should do something about that.'
Yu claimed the Chinese tactics had simply been to preserve energy ahead of the knockout phase.
She said: 'Actually these opponents really were strong. This is the first time we've played them and tomorrow it's the knockout rounds, so we've already qualified and we wanted to have more energy for the knockout rounds.'
Speaking after chairing this morning's daily ministerial Olympics meeting in Whitehall, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the audience at last night's badminton had 'a right to feel very, very let down by what happened'.
Asked if he thought the players should be disqualified, Mr Hunt said: 'It's a matter for the sporting federation to decide that, but I feel very, very disappointed for the crowd, who really were going along expecting to have a fantastic time watching the best sport in the world and I think they have a right to feel very, very let down by what happened.'
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