Olympics: Badminton

Badminton match-fixing update

The Badminton World Federation has rejected an appeal by South Korea over its women’s doubles team’s disqualification from the Olympic tournament for match-fixing, the Associated Press reports. Indonesia, which also had one team disqualified, withdrew its appeal. China, which had two teams disqualified, accepted the decision.

The badminton quarterfinals have begun, with replacement teams. Reports the Associated Press: “Russian pair Valeria Sorokina and Nina Vislova and Canadian team Alex Bruce and Michele Li now advance from Group A. Australian pair Leanne Choo and Renuga Veeran and South African duo Michelle Edwards and Annari Viljoen go through from Group C.”

Badminton teams DQ’d for match-throwing

Eight doubles badminton players from China, South Korea and Indonesia have been disqualified for throwing their matches to obtain a more favorable draw.

Kim Ha Na (L) and Jung Kyung Eun of South Korea play a shot during their women's doubles badminton match on July 31. They were one of four teams to be disqualified from the Games. (Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images)

In a match Tuesday pitting China against South Korea, the players appeared to purposely hit the shuttlecock into the net or out of bounds, drawing boos from the crowd.

The women’s doubles quarterfinals are scheduled to start at noon Wednesday.

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U.S. men’s badminton duo falls to Malaysia

Howard Bach (R) and Tony Gunawan dropped to 0-2 in group play. (Adek Berry/Getty Images)

Americans Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan lost their second team badminton match in as many days, all but extinguishing their hopes of reaching the knockout stages.

Facing a virtual must-win situation, the duo couldn’t claw its way back from an early deficit against the tandem of Kien Keet Koo and Boon Heong Tan and fell 21-14, 21-19.

After a strong showing in a loss to South Korea on Saturday, Bach and Gunawan battled back from an 11-4 deficit in the second game against Malaysia but could not match the consistency and aggression of Koo and Tan.

The top eight teams – including all four group winners – will advance to the knockout round.