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UK: Olympic badminton players charged for alleged misconduct
Eight badminton players have been charged by the sport's governing body for appearing to try to throw their matches at the London Olympic Games. Players from China, South Korea and Indonesia all face disciplinary action.
Four pairs in the women's doubles competition were charged with misconduct on Wednesday by The World Badminton Federation after two fixtures ended in controversy.
"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 Federation said in a statement.
The incident on Tuesday involved one pair from China, one from Indonesia and two from South Korea. Their conduct prompted angry spectators at the Wembley arena to shout abuse and jeer as the teams appeared to deliberately serve into the net or hit the shuttlecock long or wide.
All four teams were already through to the quarter-finals. It's alleged they were attempting to throw the matches in order to secure a more favorable draw later in the tournament.
At present all four pairs are still included in the order of play with their quarter-finals scheduled for Wednesday evening.
ccp/jm (AFP, Reuters)
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