Major controversy in women’s Olympic badminton

Updated: August 1, 2012

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Suspicions have arisen following the Chinese pairing of Xiaoli Wang and Yang Yu defeat in the Olympic badminton competition.

The match between Wang/Yu versus South Korea’s Kim Moon Soo and Kim Jiyhun ended in controversy, with both sets of players warned by match referee Thorsten Berg after they regularly missed shots throughout.

The longest rally of the first game was four shots and tournament officials are to launch have launched an official investigation.

Both pairs were already guaranteed a place in the quarter-finals, with the winners to play China’s Tian Quing and Zhao Yunlei.

South Korea eventually triumphed 21-14 21-11, meaning the two Chinese pairs can now only play each other in the final.

Both teams were booed off the court by irate fans who had paid an average of 75 to watch the ‘match’, with Korean coach Sung Han Kook commentating:  ”It’s not like the Olympic spirit to play like this. How could the number one pair in the world play like this? They start playing mistakes. Their attitude is absolute rubbish.”

However, Yang responded by saying: “Actually these opponents really were strong. This is the first time we’ve played them and Wednesday it’s the knockout rounds, so we’ve already qualified and we wanted to have more energy for the knockout rounds.  Really, it’s not necessary to go out hard again when the knockout rounds are tomorrow.”

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