Badminton at London 2012 Olympics
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'Most embarrassing badminton match ever'

The Badminton World Federation has disqualified eight players from the Olympics after accusing them of "not using one's best efforts to win".

Four pairs of players - two from South Korea and one each from China and Indonesia - are out of the Olympics after their matches on Tuesday.

All four pairs were accused of wanting to lose in an attempt to manipulate the draw for the knockout stage.

Olympic medallist Gail Emms said spectators, who had paid a lot for tickets, were booing during the match.

She added: "This is London 2012, this is not very Olympic-spirited."

  • 16 Jan 2013
  • From the section UK