There are plenty of doping rumors swirling about Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen, but those are being supplanted today by the massive scandal brewing on the badminton court. Yes, the badminton court.
Apparently several teams — eight players in all — conspired to throw their matches in order to secure a favorable draw in the next round. And after the World Badminton Federation (WBF) investigated, all eight have been expelled from the games.
The Badminton World Federation investigated two teams from South Korea and one each from China and Indonesia. It accused them of “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” in matches Tuesday night.
By Wednesday morning the Indonesian team said all the players had been kicked out, but that team plans to appeal.