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Don't know about the Indonesians and Koreans, but I don't accept for a minute that the Chinese players acted of their own volition. This was carefully strategized by the Chinese team/coaches/minders to play for the Gold and Silver, by not having the two Chinese teams meet each other until the finals. Count on it. Seems like the Chinese Badminton Federation and coaching staff is going to make their top ladies' team the scapegoats, of course.

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Finally, the medal matches are here. However, to some, it is starting to be a broken record. On August 3, it is the mixed doubles event that has Olympic medals at stake.

Link: http://www.london2012.com/badminton/schedule-and-results/day=3-august/all-day.html


Note: China will win both the gold and silver medals. The bronze medal will be fought between Denmark and Indonesia.

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Final medal results for the mixed doubles event for August 3:

- GOLD: ZHANG Nan / ZHAO Yunlei (China)

- SILVER: XU Chen / MA Jin (China)

- BRONZE: Joachim Fischer / Christinna Pedersen (Denmark)

Link 1: http://www.london2012.com/badminton/event/mixed-doubles/match=bdx002101/index.html

Link 2: http://www.london2012.com/badminton/event/mixed-doubles/match=bdx002102/index.html


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Final medal results for the women's singles and doubles events for August 4.

Women's Singles:

- GOLD: LI Xuerui (China)

- SILVER: WANG Yihan (China)

- BRONZE: Saina Nehwal (India)

Link 1: http://www.london2012.com/badminton/event/women-singles/match=bdw001101/index.html

Link 2: http://www.london2012.com/badminton/event/women-singles/match=bdw001102/index.html

Women's Doubles:

- GOLD: TIAN Qian / Zhao Yunlei (China)

- SILVER: Mizuki Fujii / Reika Kakiiwa (Japan)

- BRONZE: Valeria Sorokina / Nina Vislova (Russia)

Link 1: http://www.london2012.com/badminton/event/women-doubles/match=bdw002101/index.html

Link 2: http://www.london2012.com/badminton/event/women-doubles/match=bdw002102/index.html

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Well, today (August 5) is the last day of badminton competition. To some, it was a sideshow to Chinese dominance in the sport. Anyway, the men's singles and doubles events are on schedule.

Link: http://www.london2012.com/badminton/schedule-and-results/day=5-august/all-day.html


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Final medal results for the following events on August 5.

Men's Singles:

- GOLD: LIN Dan (China)

- SILVER: LEE Chong Wei (Malaysia)

- BRONZE: CHEN Long (China)

Link 1: http://www.london2012.com/badminton/event/men-singles/match=bdm001101/index.html

Link 2: http://www.london2012.com/badminton/event/men-singles/match=bdm001102/index.html

Men's Doubles:

- GOLD: CAI Yun / FU Haifeng (China)

- SILVER: Mathias Boe / Carsten Mogensen (Denmark)

- BRONZE: CHUNG Jae-sung / LEE Yong-dae (South Korea)

Link 1: http://www.london2012.com/badminton/event/men-doubles/match=bdm002101/index.html

Link 2: http://www.london2012.com/badminton/event/men-doubles/match=bdm002102/index.html

That is it for the badminton competition at London 2012.

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South Korean badminton pairs appeal two-year suspensions after trying to lose matches

Four South Korean badminton players who were suspended for two years after trying to throw matches at the London Olympics have appealed their penalties, the Badminton Korea Association has announced.

Four pairs in the women’s doubles were disqualified from the Olympics for underperforming in the final group stages as they deliberately tried to lose by spraying shots wide or into the net to secure an easier quarter-final draw.

The players, the 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, were jeered by the crowd.

The four South Korean players have now contested a two-year suspension proposed by the association's disciplinary committee which will make its final decision on Wednesday.

Coach Sung Han-Kook and assistant coach Kim Moon-Soo have received lifetime bans from coaching. Kim appealed the ban while Sung accepted his penalty.

The scandal has already prompted Chinese badminton star Yu Yang to quit the sport.

Badminton World Federation president Kang Young-Joong has brushed off suggestions that the scandal may have put its Olympic future at risk


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South Korean badminton pairs appeal two-year suspensions after trying to lose matches

South Korean Olympic badminton players have bans reduced

South Korea's Olympic badminton coach, who was given a life ban after his players were charged with "not using one's best efforts to win a match", has had his suspension reduced.

Sung Han-kook will now serve a two-year ban, according to Yonhap news agency.

Four women's doubles players have had two-year bans cut to six months.

Jung Kyung-eun, Kim Ha-na, Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung remain ineligible for national and international competition following the London 2012 controversy.

The four pairs, along with four women's doubles players from China and Indonesia, were kicked out of the Games earlier this month for deliberately trying to lose matches.

Fans at Wembley Arena jeered the players amid farcical scenes as the teams served into the net and missed easy shots in an attempt to lose their matches and gain favourable draws in the knockout stages.

Assistant coach Kim Moon-soo also had a lifetime ban cut to two years on Wednesday after an appeal to Korean badminton's ruling body.

Sung, who blamed the Chinese pair for starting the incident, had accepted his penalty and asked for leniency for the players.


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Badminton federation changes doubles rules after scandal

The Badminton World Federation decided Friday to change the Olympic doubles rules but not the much-criticized group format in the wake of the match-throwing scandal at the London Games.

The change, said BWF secretary general Thomas Lund, was "to ensure such a regrettable spectacle is never witnessed in badminton again."

Four women's pairs, including the world champions from China, were disqualified in London for trying to deliberately lose their group matches to rig easier paths through the knockout stages.

But at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, all teams finishing second in their groups will go through another draw to determine who they face in the knockout stage. The group winners will have fixed positions to begin the playoffs.

"This will eliminate any player's thoughts about actively trying to lose a match or matches, irrespective of other match results," Lund said.

He added it will optimize the format, despite general derision by the players for the group stage which was introduced in London. The BWF changed it from a straight knockout draw to give players more matches, and declared the format a success in terms of exposure.

The BWF also decided, after lobbying by players, that it would not punish any of the disqualified teams' coaches or entourages because it was "not legally feasible."

The code of conduct was updated to sanction coaches in future, and the BWF noted some of the national associations meted out penalties. South Korea gave lifetime bans to its two disqualified teams and two coaches, but on appeal reduced the players' suspensions to six months and the coaches' to two years.

China coach Li Yongbo initially laid the blame for the scandal on himself and apologized, then later said he was taking advantage of the rules and the BWF over-reacted by disqualifying the players. Disgraced world champion Yu Yang of China, who said she was retiring after being sent home, returned to action on the world circuit this month.

Indonesia lifted the suspensions on its doubles pair this month.

The BWF also approved a trial for instant replay on line calls to begin early next year.



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