Yu Yang, Wang Xiaoli, Jung Kyung-eun, 5 others expelled in Olympic badminton scandal: China responds
LONDON (CNN) -- Wednesday saw scandal at the Olympics as eight athletes were disqualified for trying not to win matches, joy as the host nation finally won its first gold, and controversy as the chairman of the Games organizing committee declined to call Michael Phelps the greatest Olympian of all time. The disqualifications came in badminton, after two matches Tuesday night in which female athletes were accused of playing to lose so they could face easier opponents in future matches. Two Chinese pairs -- including the world No. 1 women's pair of Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang -- a South Korean duo and an Indonesian pair played so badly, they were booed by the crowd. The Badminton World Federation disqualified all four pairs, but the South Koreans and Indonesians are appealing the decision. The Chinese Olympic delegation said that it "fully respects" the decision to punish its two players and that it would carry out its own investigation.
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