Disqualified badminton players' appeals rejected after match rigging at London 2012
Wednesday, 01 August 2012
August 1 - The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has announced that its decision to disqualify four pairs of women's doubles players from the London 2012 Olympics will stand.
China's Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli, whose behaviour so infuriated the crowd at Wembley Arena yesterday when they appeared to intentionally lose their match against Jung Kyung Eun and Kim Ha Na of South Korea, did not appeal – perhaps wary of the reception they would have received had they taken to the court again.
The other three pairs disqualified – Indonesia's Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari, Jung and Kim and their compatriots Ha Jung Eun and Kim Min Jung – all appealed the ruling.
Indonesia later decided to withdraw their appeal, meaning just the South Korean pairs disputed their expulsions.
Thomas Lund, the chief operating officer of the BWF, said here this afternoon: "We have earlier released a very short statement about what happened this morning.
"We had a disciplinary hearing concerning the four players that resulted in a decision to disqualify the four pairs.
"Following the disqualification, we have received appeals on three of the cases.
"There was the appeal of the Indonesian pair and the two South Korean pairs, while the Chinese pair did not appeal.
"Following the appeal, we have been in contact with our Appeals Committee chairman.
"The Appeals Committee chairman has rejected the case on the basis that it has already been considered and concluded without a fine or sanction imposed.
"So the decision is that they reject the case and the disciplinary decision from this morning stands."
It was also confirmed that there would be no punishment for any of the coaches or national associations involved, while there have not been any sanctions for the players involved post London 2012.
China responded saying it respects the decision, and has opened a probe into their athletes' behaviour.
"We have had a single incident – and we are shortly going into the knock out stages, some fabulous matches we will be watching over the next days," Lund said in defence of the sport.
"We have had fabulous matches up to now.
"The most important thing is that we dealt with the issue in the best interest of all the other players in this tournament," he added, insisting that the organisation had dealt with the matter swiftly.
At this stage it is unclear what will happen to the players' accreditations, as that will be a decision for their National Olympic Committees or the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Going through to the quarterfinals in place of the disqualified athletes are Russian pair Nina Vislova and Valeria Sorokina, who will take on South Africa's Michelle Edwards and Annari Viljoen.
Australia's Renuga Veeran and Leanne Choo have also been granted a reprieve, as have their quarter-final opponents from Canada, Michele Li and Alex Bruce.
Meanwhile, India had also protested about Japanese badminton pair Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa's shock defeat to Chinese Taipei's Cheng Wen Hsing and Chien Yu Chin, a result which sent their pair – Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa – out.
However, Lund confirmed that no further action would be taken regarding that match.
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