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Olympic Badminton Players Banned Over Deliberate Poor Play

Eight badminton players who deliberately performed poorly in matches have been thrown out of the London Olympics, a rare disqualification at the games for athletes failing to try their best.

The Chinese, South Korean and Indonesian players, who were competing in the women’s doubles yesterday, drew a caution from the umpire and jeers from spectators at Wembley Arena in London during their matches. They were disqualified today after a five-hour meeting of the Badminton World Federation’s four-member disciplinary committee at a hotel near the venue.