THE Badminton World Federation said eight players were charged with misconduct after attempting to purposely lose to gain a favorable draw in the quarterfinals of the London Olympics.
"The pairs have been charged… with 'not using one's best efforts to win a match' and 'conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport'," the BWF said in a statement.
It was still unclear how the tournament will proceed and whether or not the the rankings for the quarterfinals would be changed.
The questionable matches featured world champions Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang of China, South Korean tandem Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na, another SoKor team and Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min Jung and Indonesians Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari.
World champions Yu and Wang faced off with South Korea’s Jung and Kim, neither pair looking determined to win. The Koreans won the first set over the world champs 21-11 in just nine minutes and the second, 21-14, in 11 minutes.
The match pitting Indonesia’s Polii and Jauhari against South Koreans Ha and Kim also didn’t look pretty, players surprisingly failing to properly hit the most basic badminton shots.
After being warned by a match official, the players went on to play and the South Koreans took the match 18-21, 21-14, 21-12.
The South Korea head coach Sung Han-kook was quoted as saying the Chinese team were looking to avoid an all-Chinese match in the quarterfinals.
"The Chinese did it first,” Sung told reporters through an interpreter, adding that the Badminton World Federation should review the tournament format.
The Chinese players said they were just trying to save energy for the last eight.