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Scandal: Badminton star quits (pic)

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Published: 02 August 2012
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Beijing - A top Chinese badminton star quit the sport on Thursday as an Olympic match-throwing scandal met with dismay and criticism in China, Indonesia and South Korea, from where eight female players were disqualified.


The Badminton World Federation's move to eject a Chinese, an Indonesian and two South Korean duos for failing to play their best, marked the first major scandal of the Games and prompted China's Yu Yang to retire from the sport.


Sports fans and the media in all three countries expressed disappointment, with some saying it was humiliating to have their national players implicated in the scandal, while others were sympathetic to the athletes.


"Match fixing tramples on sports ethics and shouldn't be tolerated," an opinion piece in China's state-run Global Times said on Thursday.

Tournament referee Torsten Berg speaks to Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli of China and Kim Ha-na and Jung Kyung-eun of South Korean during their women's doubles group play stage Group A badminton match during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Wembley Arena July 31, 2012.
The paper was among several news outlets and many ordinary citizens from the Asian countries to suggest that the new round-robin format motivated players to lose, though most agreed that nothing excused match-throwing.

 

Kashyap goes down fighting to Lee Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 02 August 2012
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Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap played his heart out before going down fighting to world number two Lee Chong Wei in a gruelling quarterfinal of the men’s singles event at the London Olympics in London on Thursday.

Kashyap dived, smashed, retrieved almost everything thrown at him but still could not stop the top seed Malaysian as he eked out a 21-19 21-11 victory to advance to the semi-finals at the Wembley Areana here.India's Kashyap Parupalli plays against Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei (unseen) at a men's singles badminton quarterfinal match of the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London on Thursday.

In the first game, Kashyap dominated the show from the beginning and was dictating the pace of the game as he opened up a 11-8 lead at the interval.

But Chong Wei varied the pace of the rallies and clawed back to level the scores at 15-15. Kashyap matched his superior rival stroke by stroke and didn’t give up and was leading 19-18.

 

Londo Olympic: Chong Wei To Battle Chen Long In Semis

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 August 2012
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LONDON, Aug 3  -- World number two Datuk Lee Chong Wei advanced to the semifinals of the men's singles badminton competition of the 2012 Olympics after beating Kashyap Parupali from India in the quarterfinal at the Wembley Arena here Thursday.

He will battle Chen Long of China in the semifinals.

The Malaysian, the silver medallist at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, beat the Indian 21-19, 21-11 in 47 minutes.

In the first set, Chong Wei, who did not play any competitive matches for nearly two month due to an injury during the Thomas Cup tournament in China in May, initially trailed Parupali 3-6, 5-9, 6-10, 10-14.

 

London Olympic: Late schedule changes infuriate badminton players

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Published: 27 July 2012
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LONDON  - Sweeping late changes to the schedule of the Olympic badminton tournament, prompted by an "oversight", infuriated players on Friday.

"It's bad. It's not right," said Polish men's doubles player Michal Logosz after organizers announced that some 60 percent of the matches, mostly in the doubles draws, would be affected by the changes to the tournament which starts on Saturday.

"It's the most important competition. It's crazy that they can't do the draw how they are supposed to," said German doubles player Johannes Schoettler.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) apologized to the players after it emerged that the original schedule published on Wednesday had not followed the competition regulations as agreed with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

 

London Olympic: What to expect at London Olympics' Opponents (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 July 2012
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The best person will win the game

Opponents always meet on the field. Chinese badminton player Lin Dan will meet his old opponent Lee Chongwei from Malaysia at 2012 London Olympic Games.
Lee Chong Wei V.S Lin Dan
In terms of ability, both have been being the champions of men's badminton singles for many years and both are frequent competitors of the badminton finals. No other badminton players can catch up with them so far.

As for fame, Lin is the only Chinese among the 11 Olympic stars recommended by the U.S. Associated Press while Lee is awarded the title of "honorary major" and is the hope of Malaysia.

 

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