4 Badminton Pairs Expelled

    Image #: 18816321    Combination photo shows officials speaking to players from China  and South Korea (top), and players from South Korea and Indonesia during their women's doubles group stage badminton matches during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Wembley Arena in this July 31, 2012 file photo. Eight women badminton players were on August 1, 2012 disqualified by the sport's federation from the Olympic competition, but have not been expelled from the London Games, the International Olympic Committee said. The players (top from left: South Korea's Kim Ha-na, Jung Kyung-eun, China's Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli; Indonesia's Greysia Polii (bottom L) and Meiliana Jauhari (bottom R) and South Korea's Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung (bottom section, top L) , had been charged with deliberately losing group stage contests to secure an easier draw through the Olympic tournament.     REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad/Files (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT BADMINTON OLYMPICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)       REUTERS /BAZUKI MUHAMMAD /LANDOV

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    Eight Olympic players have been expelled from the Olympic games following an investigation by the Badminton World Federation into accusations that the players had been deliberately losing their matches. Two of those players are from China, prompting the Chinese Olympic sports delegation to launch an investigation. A spokesman for China's Olympic Committee said it was against any behavior going against "sporting spirit and morality," and the committee could take further action against the players based on the results of the investigation. The other players charged with "not using one's best efforts to win" were from South Korea and Indonesia. According to reports, both the Chinese and South Koreans appeared to deliberately play poorly in order to guarantee an easier draw in the finals. When the players were warned by a referee, one Chinese player insisted that they'd simply been trying to save their strength. "We've already qualified, so why would we waste energy?" said Yu Yang.

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