Aug 02 2012
Eight Olympic badminton players have been disqualified for not trying hard enough, and all across America, Badminton Nation is horrified. This is simply not what the sport needs. No, what the sport needs is a good old-fashioned steroids scandal.The eight players are from China, South Korea and Indonesia. They are accused of “not using one’s best efforts to win a match,” according to Craig Reedie, vice president of the International Olympic Committee, an organization that passionately believes in fair play when it is convenient. The eight players had already qualified for the elimination round when they stopped trying. Naturally, I assumed they were trying to save energy, since we all know that badminton is exhausting, especially if you play while dealing with a painful physical condition, like being sober. But as it turns out, this crazy, twisted, horrifying tale of international deception and intrigue is more complicated than that.
The IOC is really a mess in my opinion. They don’t know when to govern sports and when not to govern sports. It’s ridiculous. I realize this is a bad look for the sport, but is this illegal? This isn’t cheating.. What’s the difference between this and resting players when you’ve already qualified for something. The fact these players were banned is a fuggin’ joke. Yeah, they didn’t try their hardest, but they earned the right to do that. I think this is ridiculous.
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