World badminton chief determined to rid game of disreputable behaviour
Sunday, 05 August 2012
August 5 - World Badminton Federation (BWF) President Dr Kang Young-Joong (pictured left with Prince Charles) has vowed to take appropriate action to prevent a repeat of the match throwing scandal that marred the badminton tournament at London 2012.
Controversy erupted last Tuesday (July 31) when Chinese women's doubles stars Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang tried to lose their match against South Korea's Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha Na.
The South Koreans responded in kind, despite warnings from the referee, with the aim being to avoid the Chinese second seeds Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei in the quarter finals.
Later that evening Indonesia's Greysia Polii and Meiliania Jauhari and South Korea's Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min Jung played each other and also played out a dire game in which both pairs tried to lose.
All four pairs were disqualified and kicked out of the tournament the following morning.
The South Korean pairs both contested their expulsions, but were unsuccessful and all eight players involved have since had their London 2012 accreditations revoked.
"Regarding the disqualification of four pairs contesting the women's doubles, the BWF's Executive Board met yesterday and discussed this issue," said Kang at the conclusion of the Olympic badminton tournament here today.
"The Executive Board fully supports the procedure undertaken and concurs entirely with the decision to disqualify the said pairs.
"The same support has been expressed by the BWF Athletes Commission.
"It is however regrettable that this happened and the BWF will take appropriate action post the London 2012 Olympic Games to avoid similar incidents in the future.
"During our Post Olympic Games Review we will carefully assess, in coordination with the Athletes Commission, the present regulations and also look to create increased awareness among players and their entourages about the ethical standards of badminton.
"The BWF Executive Board has decided on the process of the evaluation and this will be on the agenda of the BWF Council meeting in November.
"Let there be no misunderstanding, BWF takes this matter utterly seriously and we trust that the steps we have taken show this.
"However, we will not allow it to detract from a fantastic and successful staging of the sixth edition of Olympic badminton."
China's Olympic Committee ordered their expelled players to apologise, with Yu quitting the sport in response.
The Chinese ended the tournament in style though, with Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei claiming the mixed doubles title with a 21-11, 21-17 win over compatriots Xu Chen and Ma Jin in the first gold medal match on Friday (August 3).
Qing and Yunlei won the women's doubles after a 21-10, 25-23 win over Japan's Fujii Mizuki and Kakiiwa Reika on Saturday.
Li Xuerui defeated Wang Yihan 21-15, 21-23, 21-17 later last night to continue the Chinese dominance.
China also claimed victory in the men's singles this morning, with Lin Dan defeating Lee Chong Wei 15-21, 21-10, 21-19.
Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng then beat Denmark's Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen 21-16, 21-15 to cap China's complete domination of this Olympic badminton tournament.
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