New Delhi: Still shocked over her early exit from Olympics 2012, ace shuttler Ashwini Ponappa has criticised the new round-robin format which according to her encouraged "match-fixing" at the London Games.
Despite winning two out of their three matches in Group B, Ponappa and her partner Jwala Gutta failed to progress to the quarter-finals amid allegations of match-throwing by other teams.
"The round-robin format was ridiculous. It brought about a very bad side of the game. The format encouraged match-throwing. I hope the format changes (in the next Olympics)," Ponappa said.