For badminton players Olympics 2012 will be unforgettable. 8 players involved in badminton scandal have been axed (video). This is the first time that such tough action has been taken against so many players in one go
London Olympics will be remembered for several highs and several lows. And one of the lows about the Olympics 2012 is the latest badminton scandal that has hit the whole sport really hard. As many as eight badminton players have been banned from the Games this year.
To be true, these were not ordinary players. All the eight players were the best in the world and some of them had a good chance of winning Olympic medals in London. Though there are some people –from the badminton and other sports –who have been puzzled by the fast paced and the harsh action against the eight players, the tough action seems to have sent a chilling signal to others.
By the way losing match or drawing it to get easier draws in later stages of tournaments is not a first for this Olympics or sports as a whole. We have known a number of instances when even soccer and hockey teams have lost matches so they are not pitted against tougher teams and due to their low scores they get easy draws. In this Olympic Games too a women soccer team reportedly asked its players not to win, but just draw the match.
But so far we haven’t heard if any action has been taken against the coach or the players of the said team. Badminton World Federation general secretary while talking about the tough punitive action against the eight players says, “We have to be clear, there has been a problem here and we have to take that problem very seriously…There are things we can improve on and look at after this competition”.
Meanwhile one Chinese player has said that he is retiring from the international badminton. Yu Yang, a renowned Chinese badminton player has said that she is quitting the sport altogether after the controversy. Meanwhile Chinese badminton coach too has taken the responsibility for the scandal and has said that he is sorry for the whole murky affair. Eight players including two from China, four from South Korea and two from Indonesia were involved in this infamous badminton scandal. Besides China’s Ye Yang other players who have been banned include her doubles partner Wang Xiaoli, Indonesia’s Greysia Polii, Meiliana Jauhari and South Korea’s Kim Ha Na, Ha Jung-Eun, Kim Min-Jung, Jung Kyung-Eun. Hopefully the ban, harshest action possible, will deter others too from taking this easy route.