Eight Olympians suspended for match-fixing

It has emerged eight badminton players deliberately lost matches to get easier opponents.

Kim Ha Na (L) and Jung Kyung Eun of South Korea playing a shot during their women's doubles badminton match against China's Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - The 2012 London Olympics were rocked by a scandal after it emerged that eight female badminton players were disqualified for match-fixing.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) held hearings after allegations that the players threw matches on Tuesday, to avoid facing tougher opponents in the next round.

The players disqualified are from South Korea, Indonesia and China.

Chinese world champions Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang hit the net three times while serving on Tuesday.

In another match, players continuously miss shot into corners.

After the competition, Yu told journalists they were conserving their energy.

But the verdict was that they deliberately lost the match to avoid stronger opponents.

Other players disqualified are Indonesia's Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari and two South Korean pairs, Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na, and Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung.

Spectators at the Wembley Arena shouted abuse and jeered at the players on Tuesday evening.