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Olympics: China to probe match throwing claim - Xinhua

01 august 2012, 11:32
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China's Olympic delegation has launched an investigation into allegations its star badminton players threw a match, state media said Wednesday, in the latest controversy to strike the Chinese team, AFP reports.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has charged eight Olympic women badminton players -- two of them Chinese -- with "not using one's best efforts to win a match" after two fixtures ended in controversy.

They were allegedly attempting to manipulate the final standings in the first-round group stage, with two pairs who had already qualified apparently wanting to lose to secure an easier draw in the next round.

"The Chinese Olympic Committee... opposes any kind of behaviour to violate the sporting spirit and morality," Xinhua news agency quoted a Chinese Olympic spokesman as saying.

The spokesman said the Chinese delegation would investigate the allegations and will take further action based on the results, Xinhua said, without giving a direct quote.

The Group A match between the powerful Chinese pairing of Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli and unseeded South Korean pair Jung Kyung and Kim Ha Na came under scrutiny by the BWF after the Chinese lost heavily.

There were no rallies of more than four shots in the match.

Their defeat meant Yu and Wang avoided playing fellow Chinese pair Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei, who had finished second in Group D.

Yu said after the match: "We've already qualified, so why would we waste energy? It's not necessary to go out hard again when the knockout rounds are tomorrow."

The badminton row is not the only controversy surrounding China's Olympic team, which is vying against the United States to top the medals table.

On Tuesday, Chinese teenage swimming sensation Ye Shiwen said a doping row surrounding her in London had inspired her to a second Olympic gold medal with victory in the 200m medley.

Sixteen-year-old Ye, whose explosive win in the 400m medley in world record time on Saturday drew allegations of drug use, sealed the medley double with victory in 2min 07.57sec, a new Olympic record.

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