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Controversy rages around London Olympics

08-02-2012 16:02 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

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The London Olympics has entered its 6th day. Apart from the excellent performances from athletes, we've also seen some controversies in and out of the sporting arena.

London 2012 organisers apologised to the Indian contingent for the opening ceremony incident which saw a Bangalore-based woman parading with the country`s athletes. The woman was identified as a cast member of the Danny Boyle-directed ceremony and got access to the Indian Olympics squad with a valid accreditation.

A mystery woman in blue trousers and a red jacket gatecrashing Friday's Olympics
opening ceremony.

Also, South Korean Shin A-lam staged a one-hour protest and had to be escorted off the fencing strip following her semifinal loss to Germany's Britta Heidemann. The following day, she was awarded a special sportsmanship award after the Federation International d'Escrime recognized there were issues with time-keeping and apologized.

And, South Korea's flag appeared alongside DPRK's women's football team on stadium screens while players warmed up before their opening match. The team left the pitch in protest at the blunder and initially refused to play.

South Korea's flag appeared alongside DPRK's women's football team on
stadium screens while players warmed up before their opening match.

And Olympic chiefs have backed China's swimming prodigy Ye Shiwen after questions were raised about her performance and whether she had been using drugs. Ye passed a drugs test, and the comments enraged many Chinese, including Shiwen's father. Many said it was "the arrogance of the west."

Gold medalist Ye Shiwen of China poses after the awarding ceremony of women's 200m individual medley swimming event at London 2012 Olympic Games in London, Britain,
on July 31, 2012. Ye Shiwen won the gold medal of the event with a time of 2:07.57
and set a new Olympic Games record. (Xinhua/Fei Maohua)

Eight women's badminton players were disqualified by the sport's governing body on Wednesday for trying to lose on purpose to secure a favorable draw.

The four doubles pairs - from China, Indonesia and two from South Korea - were charged by the Badminton World Federation for "not using their best efforts to win a match" and "conducting themselves in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport."

Eight players charged with throwing matches at the Olympic badminton tournament
have been disqualified from the women's doubles.

But aren't the rules of the International Badminton Federation partly to blame? We know it's the first time round-robin matches have been adopted at the group stage of the competition and many athletes are not happy about the change.

Let's talk about performance of British athletes. As the host, they've only so far secured 2 gold medals, compared with 17 gold medals for China and 12 for US.

As the host, Brirain has only so far secured 2 gold medals, compared with 17
gold medals for China and 12 for US.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: CCTV.com

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