THE city’s badminton players past and present have been vocal in showing their anger at the doubles pairs alleged to have been trying to lose matches at London 2012 yesterday – even calling for those involved to be thrown out of the competition.
The Badminton World Federation has charged eight Olympic doubles players with “not using one’s best efforts to win a match”.
Four pairs of players – two from South Korea, one from China and one from Indonesia – could be disciplined after constant errors, including players serving into the net, took place.
All four pairs had already qualified for the last eight of the competition, and they have been accused of wanting to lose in an attempt to manipulate the draw.
Fans jeered the women’s doubles match between China’s Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli and South Koreans Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na at Wembley Arena last night.
The longest rally in the first game lasted four shots, with match referee Thorsten Berg even going on to court at one point to warn the players of their behaviour – which hasn’t gone down well with Milton Keynes’ former Olympians.
Badminton hero turned ambassador Gail Emms, who won mixed doubles silver with Nathan Robertson in Athens, Tweeted: “Both pairs TRYING to lose! This is why the group system DOESN’T work! Tactically play for a good draw.
“My resolution?! I would disqualify the four pairs and have the next pairs in the group reinstated. Keep in spirit of Olympics.
“Schedule has just been released. So far the four pairs that were trying to lose are all in! Disgraceful.”
Robertson himself Tweeted: “All fans who watched either session involving the ladies doubles farce matches should ask for your money back.
“Blame HAS to be with players and the coaches of the countries trying to lose. But when it’s obvious it’s happening there HAS TO BE PUNISHMENT.”
Meanwhile Chris Adcock, who with partner Imogen Bankier was knocked out of the mixed doubles competition this week, said: “If it’s true and people are trying to lose, then disqualification for me.”
>> MK’s interest in the Olympic badminton unfortunately came to an end yesterday when Rajiv Ouseph was knocked out of the men’s singles with a 21-12, 17-21, 19-21 defeat to Guatemala’s Kevin Cordon.