New Delhi: Match-fixing allegations have rocked the London Olympics. Eight badminton players who were accused of throwing away their games to secure easier draws in the next stage, have been disqualified from the Games. They are out of the Olympics. But India's appeal that a Japanese duo in their Group B too lost on purpose has been rejected. Ashwini Ponappa and Jwala Gutta had won their match yesterday but failed to qualify for the next round.
Here are the latest developments:
1) The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has disqualified four pairs in the women's doubles competition - one from China, one from Indonesia and two from South Korea. They are accused of attempting to manipulate the final standings in the first-round group stage, with two pairs who had already qualified apparently wanting to lose to secure a favourable draw in the next round.
2) The players are - China's Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli, South Korea's Ha Jung-Eun and Kim Min-Jung, Jung Kyung-Eun and Kim Ha-Na also of South Korea, and Indonesian pair Meiliana Jauhari and Greysia Polii.