As the old saying goes, cheaters never prosper. The Badminton World Federation has expelled several players from the 2012 London Olympics for intentionally losing matches in hopes of getting a better draw later in the competition. Here are details:
The federation found the players guilty 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.
Players were roundly booed after they appeared not to exert themselves in preliminary rounds of the round-robin tournament before they were set to move on to elimination competition.
Players representing China, South Korea and Indonesia doubles teams were the ones expelled. Looks like the thirst for gold medals is real.