LONDON (USA TODAY) — Cheating or clever gamesmanship? Violation of the Olympic ideal ... or a strategic business-as-usual gambit? Ethical and philosophical debates aside, in what is believed to be an Olympics first - expulsion of multiple athletes for match-throwing -eight female badminton players from three Asian nations were disqualified Wednesday from the London Games. Why would any Olympian intentionally try to lose or tie, as was the case with the Japanese women's soccer team? The badminton players - caught in a net of deceit - did not use their best effort to win qualifying matches a night earlier at Wembley Arena because they wanted a more favorable draw in doubles competition, ruled the Badminton World Federation. The federation banned the players from China, South Korea and Indonesia. An appeal by South Korea was denied. Federation officials concluded that the players conducted themselves in a manner that was "clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport." The International Olympic Committee still could remove the players' accreditation and force them to vacate the athletes' village. It also can order further investigation. "The international federation took the right action in disqualifying the athletes, and definitely that was the way to go,'' IOC President Jacques Rogge told The Associated Press. The same disciplinary option was not sought against the coach of the Japanese women's soccer team. Norio Sasaki persuaded his team to play for a 0-0 tie with South <b>...</b>
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