Press Esc to close
Monday 22 December 2014
News updated at 10:32 PM IST
Weather
Max: 28.3°C
Min : 17.1°C
In Bengaluru
Partially cloudy

Indonesia bans badminton pair after Olympic scandal

Jakarta, Sept 5 (AFP)
This picture taken on July 31, 2012 during the London 2012 Olympic shows Indonesia's Greysia Polii (L) playing a shot as partner Meiliana Jauhari (R) looks on during the end of their disputed match against South Korea's Kim Min Jung and Ha Jung Eun (not pictured). The Indonesian badminton association banned its women's doubles pair from competitions for four months after they were disqualified for throwing a match in the Olympics, an official said on September 5. AFP

The Indonesian badminton association banned its women's doubles pair from competitions for four months after they were disqualified for throwing a match in the Olympics, an official said today.

Greysia Polii and her partner Meiliana Jauhari are "ineligible for national and international competition for four months until December 3", the Indonesian Badminton Association secretary-general Yacob Rusdianto told AFP.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) disqualified the pair at the beginning of August after they tried to lose matches in the first round group phase in an attempt to manipulate the knockout draw.

They were banned from competitions immediately after disqualification. "We made the decision after conducting internal investigations and finding they had violated the rule of fair play in the Olympics," Rusdianto said.

Two South Korean pairs and one Chinese pair were also disqualified for the offence of "not using one's best efforts to win a match". The scandal prompted Chinese badminton star Yu Yang to quit the sport.

Rusdianto called for Olympic organisers to review the format of the badminton competition. "We are not protesting, but merely calling for the BWF to re-look at the competition format so that players will not repeat the mistake in future matches," he said.

Badminton World Federation president Kang Young-Joong has brushed off suggestions the bad publicity may have put the sport's Olympic future at risk.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
People sit around a bonfire to warm themselves during a...

People sit around a bonfire to warm themselves during a...

IAF soldiers march during a rehearsal for the upcoming...

IAF soldiers march during a rehearsal for the upcoming...

Super Star Amitabh Bachchan  along with Chief Minister of...

Super Star Amitabh Bachchan along with Chief Minister of...

SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav chats with RJD President...

SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav chats with RJD President...

A Leopard walks by the bushes at Bannerghatta...

A Leopard walks by the bushes at Bannerghatta...

A Rajasthani folk dancer performs during handicraft...

A Rajasthani folk dancer performs during handicraft...

An Indian man exercises as fog envelops a park...

An Indian man exercises as fog envelops a park...

A shop is attracting people, to purchase Christmas...

A shop is attracting people, to purchase Christmas...

A family is performing the rituals as part of the Ellamavasye celebration...

A family is performing the rituals as part of the Ellamavasye celebration...

Students along with teacher takes part in the 'Swachha Bharath Abhiyan'...

Students along with teacher takes part in the 'Swachha Bharath Abhiyan'...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523