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Should they be punished?

Eight women's doubles badminton players from China, South Korea, and Indonesia were disqualified Wednesday from the London Olympics after deliberately trying to lose matches in order to secure a more favorable draw. Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang, China's top seeds and world doubles champions, were among the four pairs disqualified. The teams were charged by the Badminton World Federation 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."


 



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Yes. Such behavior is not compatible with the Olympic spirit. It is also unfair, especially for the audience, who paid money for the match which the players were trying to lose.

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No. They didn't break any rules. They were just using a strategy to win. If anyone is to blame for their poor performance, it is the rule-makers of the game.

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