As reported by Yahoo! Sports, eight badminton players were disqualified from the 2012 Summer Olympics for purposefully trying to lose matches.
Two Chinese pairs, as well as a pair from both Indonesia and China, were disqualified from the quarterfinals. The disqualifications come after it was determined that the women's doubles pairs had attempted to lose their final matches in order to receive a more advantageous draw in the knockout round.
These female badminton players definitely are not the first Olympic athletes to be disqualified from a Summer Olympics.
Here are other scandals when athletes were disqualified or stripped of their medals during Summer Olympics Games:
Sam Stoller and Marty Glickman, 1936 Summer Olympics, Berlin, Germany
While two Jewish athletes--Sam Stoller and Marty Glickman--were set to run the 4x100-meter relay for Team USA, they were pulled from the race and replaced with two other players, Jesse Owens and Ralph Metcalfe. Though they were given the reason that Owens and Metcalfe were faster, many people felt that the coaches were displaying antisemitism, and were afraid to put two Jewish Americans on the podium in front of Adolph Hitler, the fuhrer of Germany, the host country that year.
Evander Holyfield, 1984 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles, USA
Famous boxer Evander Holyfield was locked in a light heavyweight boxing match with
Kevin Barry, when he was disqualified by Yugoslavian referee Gligorije Novicic for hitting during the break. However, Holyfield was eventually awarded the bronze medal, while Barry took silver.
Chris Jarvis and David Calder, 2004 Summer Olympics, Athens, Greece
Olympic athletes Chris Jarvis and David Calder, the Canadian rowing pair, were disqualified from the semifinal round after they crossed into the lane of a South African team, impeding their progress. They later appealed, but the appeal was not granted.
Angel Matos, 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing, ChinaCuban taekwondoist Angel Matos was barred from the Olympic Games and any international taekwondo competitions for life after he kicked a referee in the face. During the same Games, Swedish wrestler Ara Abrahamian was disqualified and stripped of his bronze medal after he threw the medal on the floor when it was placed around his neck.
The Olympic Games is a hotbed for scandal and controversy regarding the use of banned substances by athletes, also known as "doping." At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London alone, 12 athletes have been disqualified from the Games for testing postitive to illegal substances, including U.S. relay swimmer Debbie Dunn. In the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson had his gold medal stripped for testing positive for the drug stanozolol.
At the 2000 Summer Olympics, several athletes were disqualified or stripped of their medals after testing positive for illegal substances. Romanian gymnast Andreea Raducan was stripped of her medal after she tested positive for pseudoephedrine. United States sprinter Marion Jones and her relay teammates were stripped of their medals seven years after the Games, when Jones admitted to using performing-enhancing drugs.
Ruqaiyya Noor is a student English teacher at Marshall University and a featured contributor in education for Yahoo! Voices. She is an avid fan of the Olympics and can be found glued to the television for the entirety of the Olympic Games.
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