Eight Badminton players were disqualified from London 2012 for throwing their matches.
In an attempt to lose their matches the top seeds from China, a pair from Indonesia and two pairs from South Korea deliberately conceded points. Spectators who had paid to watch the matches booed the players off the courts at Wembley Arena. Lord Coe, London 2012 organiser, acknowledged the disgust and dismay of the crowd, describing the lack of effort by the players as “depressing” and “unacceptable”.
The Badminton World Federation announced the next day that the players would be disqualified from the Olympics for infringing two rules: “Not using one’s best efforts to win a match and conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport.”
It has been claimed the bad performances were a strategic attempt to leverage new rules following the introduction of a group stage format for the Olympics.
It has also been claimed that the Badminton World Federation had been warned its introduction of the round robin format could lead to match fixing.