Rather embarrassing... Especially when you realize that all the involved are from Asia.
8 Olympic badminton players kicked out of games
LONDON (AP) -- Four badminton teams were kicked out of the women's doubles at the London Games on Wednesday for trying to lose on purpose, conduct that a top IOC executive said strikes at the heart of Olympic competition.
The eight doubles players from China, South Korea and Indonesia were cited by the Badminton World Federation for "conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport."Before the decision was announced, Indonesia Olympic team leader Erick Thohir accused Chinese players of losing on purpose in the past.
"China has been doing this so many times and they never get sanctioned by the BWF," Thohir said. "On the first game yesterday when China did it, the BWF didn't do anything. If the BWF do something on the first game and they say you are disqualified, it is a warning for everyone."
IF THERE IS NO BASKETBALL IN HEAVEN, I AM NOT GOING.
Embarrassing indeed, but blame the setup of the competition. When LOSING HELPS YOU WIN LATER, why wouldn't you? Too bad the girls are such horrid actors they can't even pretend to try.
It's not like this doesn't occur outside of Asia:
aim low, score high