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When Badminton Goes Bad

At the Olympics, the World Badminton Federation disqualified eight female players from China, South Korea and Indonesia for “not using one’s best efforts to win a match.” Spence has uncovered more secrets from the dark underbelly of badminton.

During their Olympic matches they were accused of throwing matches so they could play easier opponents in future matches. The lackluster play drew boos from spectators and warnings from match officials.

Swept up in the disqualifications were the top-seeded Chinese duo, Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang. Yang later wrote on her microblog, which reaches 1.3 million people, “Farewell Badminton World Federation; farewell my beloved badminton.”


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