Despite the 'depressing' show by badminton teams, the audience will see no refunds.
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.”
Eight teams have been accused of throwing their badminton matches.
Eight doubles badminton players from China, South Korea and Indonesia have been disqualified for throwing their matches to obtain a more favorable draw.
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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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.