• London Olympics 2012 - Badminton

Badminton players thrown out

ESPN staff
July 31, 2012
Thorsten Berg talks to Indonesia's Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari © Getty Images

The eight Olympic doubles players charged by the Badminton World Federation for "not using one's best efforts to win a match" have been thrown out of London 2012.

Controversy erupted during the final round of pool games, with matches descending into farce as players repeatedly missed shots. With their passage assured, they were seemingly attempting to manipulate their positions in the draw and were charged with "not using one's best efforts to win".

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".

Following an investigation, the World Badminton Federation has elected to disqualify South Korean third seeds Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung, Indonesian pair Meiliana Juahari and Greysia Polii, China's Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli and another South Korean duo Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na.

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