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The badminton competition starts tomorrow, with the group play stages. These stages will lead to the medal rounds, starting from August 3 to 5.

Here is the link to those playing tomorrow -> http://www.london2012.com/badminton/schedule-and-results/day=28-july/all-day.html

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A bit of a farce today in the final group doubles games with teams playing each other and actively trying to lose in order to get an easier match in the next round (avoid the Chinese basically). Really don't understand why they abandoned the knock-out format in favour of groups.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...ympics/19072677

I thought I heard that kind of news. Sad, really. There's talk about penalties for those who are doing exactly that from the IF.

Anyway, quarterfinals and round of 16 matches highlight the schedule for August 1.

Link: http://www.london2012.com/badminton/schedule-and-results/day=1-august/all-day.html

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A bit of a farce today in the final group doubles games with teams playing each other and actively trying to lose in order to get an easier match in the next round (avoid the Chinese basically). Really don't understand why they abandoned the knock-out format in favour of groups.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...ympics/19072677

Reports filtering through that 8 badminton players have been kicked out of the Olympics over this

Massive news (if true)

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The badminton pairs DQed. Good.

It's not good that the best players get disqualified for the sake of the standard of the sport bu I guess i is to be expected. How do they fill the spots up though? What if a replacement is found from people already knocked out and they go on to win a medal? Seems a bit of a mess all around

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The expelled players are:

Chinese world champions Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang, Greysia Poli and Meiliana Jauhari of Indonesia and two South Korean pairs, Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na, and Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min Jung

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Well, it's a slap in the face for anyone who paid money to watch such rubbish. Good riddance.

A former British silver medallist from 4 years ago, Gail Emms, was reporting about this. The crowd could see what was happening and were booing and the volunteers were in tears.

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Great news they've took the right decision - though why on earth federations are allowed to experiment with formats of competitions at the Olympics god knows - they have three years in between when the world isn't watching to try such things.

And from what Gail Emms said it seems such concerns were raised when the group format was announced months ago - but ignored.

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This reminds me of when Sweden's star hockey player Peter Forsberg admitted to deliberately tanking to an inferior Slovakia in the 2006 Olympics in the round robin to avoid playing Canada or Russia in the quarterfinals. It was suggested by those who watched that game that there was some funny business going on. Sweden went on to win ice hockey gold:

“We maybe discussed within the group will probably it “is better if we do not go out and charge us too much. All knew that this was our chance. We did all that was needed to win the tournament,” says Forsberg. “I think you can blame the whole system.”

http://blogs.denverpost.com/avs/2011/12/18/forsberg-shocker-admits-sweden-may-have-tanked-game-in-2006-olympics/9189/

I would never encourage tanking, but then again I'm not the one playing for gold. It's tough for anyone not in the athlete's position to decide what another athlete should do when faced with the situation of "lose now, win later" or "win now, lose later."

And someone has to say it: some countries are treated differently than others.

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Damn, just saw the video, that's disgraceful! Forget what I said, that was beyond respectable lol...

But as a fan, I'd have gotten my money's worth. The price is a little high for a comedy show but I'd have been laughing my head off :lol:

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IOC applauds BWF's decision on expelling 8 players

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday said highly of the world badminton body's decision to expel eight players for throwing matches.

"We applaud the federation for having taken swift and decisive action," said IOC communications manager Emmanuelle Moreau. "Such behavior is not compatible with the Olympic values."

IOC spokesman Mark Adams called the incidents "a shame", saying these behaviors were against the Olympic values and the Olympic spirits.

The eight players accused of deliberately losing points on Tuesday in order to secure an easier draw in next round were disqualified from the Olympic women's doubles event by the Badminton World Federation on Wednesday.

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http://news.xinhuane...c_131754353.htm

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Canada was destroyed in all badminton matches and is now only one win away from winning a medal.

Let's go Canada.

I saw the clip a couple hours ago on CTV. What a farce. Good riddance. Good for us!

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