(Closed) Olympic Badminton Scandal – What Do You Think?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Should the Badminton Players Have Been DQed?
    Yes - This is the Olympics. You should play your hardest no matter what. : (22 votes)
    71 %
    No - Sometimes it is a better strategy to lay off so you are better prepared for later matches. : (5 votes)
    16 %
    Maybe - I'm not really sure what I think about it. : (0 votes)
    Badminton?!? That's actually an Olympic sport?!? I can't take this seriously ... : (4 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
    3078 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I’m sorry, I didn’t get past “badminton scandal”  That made me laugh really hard for some reason. 

    Post # 4
    1279 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I think they should not been kicked off, the rules make it so they have to throw games to win in the end…this is just as lame as offering the Korean lady a special honorary medal in fencing….I am glad she refused….




    Post # 6
    3697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I can’t say either way whether it agrees with the letter or spirit of the rules of the sport – having not read them.  I only watch it during the Olympics because it’s hilarious.

    However – had I paid a fortune to fly there, stay in a hotel, and bought a ticket to see “world class athletes COMPETE” I’d have been livid and demanded my money back. 

    Post # 7
    11166 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    @mija22:  They shouldn’t have offered her an honorary medal they should have GIVEN her the silver (correction) medal (as in taken away from the other lady that didn’t win it). That whole situation really ticks me off. 

    Apparently a 15 year old girl was in charge of the time clock, so she lost the medal guarantee because a 15 year old couldn’t tell the difference between stop and go.


    /End Treadjack….sorry, return to the serious sport of badminton.

    Post # 9
    838 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I think they were right to disqualify them,theyre athletes competing,which means they should be giving it their all,whether it was a qualifying round or a final. I dont think it was fair that they knew they were through,but they “played to lose” just so they could get an “easier” team on the next round. Not fair that other athletes are working their butts of from start to finish

    Post # 11
    382 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    Yes, they should have been DQ’d. When a swimmer coasts the last bit of a race, it doesn’t mean that she’s going to face lesser swimmers in a later round to further advance her chances to win. The field to compete against will be the same (as with soccer). Trying to set yourself up to face lesser competition is different than conserving energy.

    Post # 12
    484 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @Treejewel19… I’m pretty sure the match was in order to qualify the Korean fencer for the gold medal round, not actually win the gold medal. I understand that she went on to lose the bronze in her next match (no surprise, given the major upset of that match). I could hardly believe they ruled in favour of Germany on that one. 

    Post # 13
    2414 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I don’t think they should have been DQ’d, and it sounds like something that is commonly done in the sport anyways…but I do feel that it violates the spirit of the olympics a bit…

    Post # 14
    1769 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I think it’s different than the swimming example PP mentioned, or even the football/soccer/etc example. In swimming it is part of the sport – the goal in prelims isn’t to win, it’s to do well enough to get to finals. In football, etc, they are avoiding star players getting injured.

    In this badminton thing, they were trying to lose to set up the bracket in a way that would make it easier for them to medal (or in the Chinese team’s case, allow both Chinese teams to win). If you watch the video of the matches, it’s pathetic – the “serves” the players are doing are falling to the ground, and the players are obviously knocking the shuttlecock out of bounds. And I dont know – writing this out it doesn’t sound THAT different, but it is – it is against the spirit of the sport, AND (and I think this is really what tips me in the “they should have been DQed” direction) – all of the teams were warned and STILL “played” poorly.

    I do agree with some sports commenters who have said they should change the style of the competition to single-elimination, making it much competitive.

    Post # 16
    11166 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    @grapefruitgal:  Yes you are correct, she was qualifying for the gold medal round which meant she would have been guaranteed the silver. She entered the bronze medal match within an hour or so after all that drama and lost. So she technically won the silver and ended up with nothing. 🙁

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