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Chinese express mixed feelings over badminton farce

08-01-2012 22:29 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

LONDON, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Internet users voiced mixed feelings on Wednesday after a Chinese women's pair were accused of deliberately losing an Olympic match for a favorable draw in the knockout stage.

Top seeds and world champions Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang were among the four pairs being investigated by the Badminton World Federation over charges of throwing matches to secure an easier draw in next round.

A source in the BWF told Xinhua minutes ago that the eight players have been disqualified.

"Chinese badminton players should play to their best in whatever situation," commented an Internet user named "Fairplay" on Sina Weibo, one of China's most popular Twitter-like microblogging sites.

Another Weibo post criticized the Chinese pair of "bringing the Chinese traditionally strong game into disgrace."

"If you can win a medal by losing, not by winning, then what is the meaning of sport?" said a Weibo user named GoGoGo.

GoGoGo was quickly accused by detractors of being "unpatriotic".

"Shut up! You unpatriotic, ignorant ...Winning medal is all that matters," said a user named ChinaHeart.

The BWF opened a hearing Wednesday to investigate the doubles players from China, South Korea and Indonesia under its players' code of conduct with "not using one's best efforts to win a match" and "conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport" in matches Tuesday night.

International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said Wednesday morning that the IOC would allow badminton's ruling body to deal with the matter by using "their expertise".

Chinese delegation spokesman told Xinhua that the delegation was taking the incident seriously and had ordered its own probe.

China's Wang and Yu and their South Korean opponents Jung Kyun-Eun and Kim Ha-Na were jeered and booed by the crowd Tuesday after hitting serves into the net and striking easy shots long or wide.

The umpire warned them and tournament referee Torsten Berg talked to all four players, but the situation didn't change. The Chinese women eventually lost 21-14, 21-11 and as a result they won't meet compatriots until the final.

The farce was repeated in the next women's doubles between South Korea's Ha Jung-Eun and Kim Min-Jung and Indonesia's Meiliana Jauhari and Greysia Polii. Both teams were also warned for deliberately losing points.

Sympathizers with the Chinese women players are as vocal as criticizers on Internet, lashing at media reports that questioned Chinese players sportsmanship.

Xinhua News Agency's Chinese-language commentary, titled "Deliberately seeking defeat? Where is the Olympic spirit now?", caused an angry outcry on the Internet. One post accused the article of being "unfair and biased".

"Fair? Is there any fairness when Ye Shiwen is being accused of using drugs?" said a user named Guangda321.

The 16-year-old Ye, double swimming gold medalist in London, has been a focus of speculations since she broke a world record in winning her first gold.


Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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