New Delhi: India might lodge a fresh appeal for a review of match results in Group B of the women's badminton doubles at the London Olympics. This after an earlier appeal by Indian duo Ashwini Ponappa and Jwala Gutta that a Japan-Chinese Tapei match in their group seemed fixed was rejected today. Eight players in that event have been disqualified today for throwing away their matches.
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has disqualified 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, accusing them 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.
All four teams had qualified for the knockouts and since they are out of the Olympics now, it remains to be seen how the rest of the tournament will be restructured.
The Indian shuttlers had said earlier today that they suspected that in their group, Japan's Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa deliberately lost to Yu Chin Chien of Chinese Taipei to get an easier draw in the next round - a result that pushed the Indians out of the quarterfinals. Ashwini Ponnappa told NDTV ealier in the day that she suspected foul play in the way Japan lost to Chinese Taipei, which affected India's chances in the women's doubles. "Japan was trying to avaoid playing Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals," Ponappa said.