Eight badminton players disqualified for throwing matches

Olympic badminton authorities booted eight players out of the games'

tournament for attempting to throw matches in order to draw a better bracket in the knockout rounds. The players missed routine shots and often served the shuttlecock into the net, leading to one of the most farcical badminton matches of all time. - By Erick Galindo. Yahoo! Sports

Olympics Day 4 - Badminton

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31: An official speaks with Jung Eun Ha and Min Jung Kim of Korea during their Women's Doubles Badminton match on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Olympics Day 4 - Badminton

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31: Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari of Indonesia speak to their coach in their game with Jung Eun Ha and Min Jung Kim of Korea in their Women's Doubles Badminton match on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Olympics Day 4 - Badminton

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31: Jung Eun Ha and Min Jung Kim of Korea look on against Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari of Indonesia in their Women's Doubles Badminton on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Olympics Day 4 - Badminton

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31: An official speaks to Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari of Indonesia in their match with Jung Eun Ha and Min Jung Kim of Korea during their Women's Doubles Badminton during Badminton match on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Tournament referee Torsten Berg speaks to players from South Korea and Indonesia during their women's doubles group play stage Group C badminton match during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Wembley Arena

Tournament referee Torsten Berg (3rd R) speaks to players from South Korea (in blue) and Indonesia (in red) during their women's doubles group play stage Group C badminton match during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Wembley Arena July 31, 2012. The four players from the match are among eight female players charged by the World Badminton Federation with misconduct on Wednesday after four Olympic doubles teams had attempted to "throw" matches to secure a more favourable draw later in the tournament. The players involved in Tuesday's matches were China's world champions Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang, Indonesia's Greysia Polii (bottom L) and Meiliana Jauhari (bottom R) and two South Korean pairs - Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na, and Ha Jung-eun (top R) and Kim Min Jung (top L). Picture taken July 31, 2012. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT BADMINTON SPORT OLYMPICS)

Olympics Day 4 - Badminton

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31: Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari of Indonesia shake hands with Jung Eun Ha and Min Jung Kim of Korea in their Women's Doubles Badminton on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

China's Yu Yang, left, and Wang Xiaoli talk while playing against Jung Kyun-eun and Kim Ha-na, of South Korea, in a women's doubles badminton match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. World doubles champions Wang and Yu, and their South Korean opponents were booed loudly at the Olympics on Tuesday for appearing to try and lose their group match to earn an easier draw. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

China's Yu Yang, left, and Wang Xiaoli talk while playing against Jung Kyun-eun and Kim Ha-na, of South Korea, in a women's doubles badminton match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. World doubles champions Wang and Yu, and their South Korean opponents were booed loudly at the Olympics on Tuesday for appearing to try and lose their group match to earn an easier draw. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

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