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Olympics commentary: Badminton justice is brutal (video)
Commentary » Yes, teams tanked matches, but the system is to blame.

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If you are scoring the badminton scandal at home, the guilty parties consisted of South Koreans Jung Kyung Eun, Kim Ha Na, Ha Jung Eun and Kim Min Jung. China’s team, the gold-medal favorites, consisted of Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang. And the banished Indonesian duo was Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari.

Don’t make me spell all those names again. But wherever those names appear in the future, they will signify badminton shame. I’m not sure that’s fair or just. What about the brainy officials who created a system that would reward losing? Why not simply refund the ticket money to the people who witnessed the horrible non-competition this week, allow the expelled players back into the Olympic tournament with suspensions to take place at the next big event, change the rules for the next Games and carry on as usual?

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I can’t believe I am actually writing these words. But we learned Wednesday that shuttlecock justice can be brutal. It should also be fair.


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