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China's Yu quits badminton after scandal

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“As head coach, I owe the supporters of Chinese badminton and the Chinese TV audiences an apology,”

And the international audience, not least the people who paid for their seats at the tournament. An appalling display of gamesmanship.

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The disqualification was deserved. Harsh, but deserved. The only sad part about it now is that we will never really know who the true champions are. Canada is back in the game thanks to the disqualifications, and Japan also stands a better chance -- those athletes are going to know, or at least always question, whether they won based on being the best or because of the poorness of athletes who had great potential for winning.

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Typical victim mentality.

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" “You have heartlessly shattered our dreams.” "

LOL, if anyone has the right to get melodramatic to the spectators who turned up to watch that pathetic display of non-performance. I saw that on TV. Ridiculous!

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So no word about the idiots at the Olympics who set up the tournament this way?

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This sounds exactly like the apology the Chinese government asked her to make.

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@smithinjapan I see what you mean. But I think once you've shown such blatant disregard for the spirit of the sport you really lose any right to be considered a potential winner.

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Talk about sad.

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smithinjapan Aug. 02, 2012 - 04:42PM JST The disqualification was deserved. Harsh, but deserved. The only sad part about it now is that we will never really know who the true champions are. Canada is back in the game thanks to the disqualifications, and Japan also stands a better chance -- those athletes are going to know, or at least always question, whether they won based on being the best or because of the poorness of athletes who had great potential for winning.

If the badminton federation didn't want intentional slackers, it shouldn't have encouraged them to be slacking intentionally. For example, the expelled Chinese team was clearly attempting to manipulate the 16-team bracket so that it would not have to face the other Chinese team until the final instead of the semifinals. This would have made it possible for China to win gold and silver medals rather than gold and bronze. Wouldn't you do that for your teammates? For your country?

Over the years, history shows that if you give teams the chance to benefit from losing, they will lose. It happens in other sports. It has happened in MLB during the season's final week. I've seen it. You've seen it. Teams have thrown weak lineups on the field if they have already clinched a playoff spot and, by losing to an inferior team, might keep a superior team out of the postseason. Late next month, with the new postseason setup involving two wild-card spots instead of one, there's an even better chance the dynamic will occur.

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We should go back to the way the Olympics were when they were first revived. Let's have just western countries compete with each other in a friendly way................................

post of the day. LOL

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