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Badminton Players Ejected from Olympics for Throwing Matches


In what appears to be the only mass disqualification in Olympic histroy, eight badminton players from China, South Korea, and Indonesia were expelled from the doubles tournament on July 31st after appearing to throw the matches on purpose in order to secure an easier level of difficulty in the next stage of the round robin-style tournament. Now, Yu Yang, one of the Chinese players expelled, has announced on her official blog that she will be retiring for good after what happened.

Although what the players did wasn't technically illegal, officials ruled that it violated the "Olympic spirit of fair play" and that such behavior was "incompatible with Olympic play." According to various reports, audience members were visibly upset and started booing the players, shouting, "Off! Off!" A

The players appealed the decision, but all were either rejected or withdrawn. It remains to be seen if any further action will be taken.

Watch the video below released by the Wall Street Journal for more information.



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