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A Bunch of Bad(minton) Women

August 1, 2012

Features, Olympics

Finally! A bizarre story surfaces from the London Olympics and it’s about time. Yes, I’m supremely confident that there is some man competing under the guise of femininity in Track and Field, or that Michael Phelps’ mom is, in fact, Paula Deen but the one that broke this morning is pretty tantalizing.

4 of the competitors who were expelled from the Olympics for their match fixing.

Olympic officials have eliminated eight women from the badminton doubles competition for allegedly attempting to purposely lose a match. With the new round-robin format introduced to badminton competition this year, it is apparently advantageous to lose a match- as it sets up a meeting with a lower seed in the next round. One of the more comical (?) moments of this story takes place Tuesday night when China’s YuYang and Wang Xiaoli and South Koreans Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na faced off with both teams giving it their all to lose. They were attempting to delay a meeting with China’s Tian Quing and Zhao Yunlei until the final match, instead of the semi-finals.

With both teams gunning for failure, it was obvious to fans and judges what was really taking place. If the fans can tell you’re trying your best to blow the game, you give zero shits about the situation. Typically, I like that kind of arrogance and place it in high regard, but the Olympic games are no place for this kind of defiance.

Americans created the Olympics as a vehicle to showcase our incredible athletes, our intense national pride, and an unparalleled competitive spirit. While some parts of that last sentence may be facetious, some are actually true. No Olympian should ever, blatantly or not, deliberately fail at giving their absolute best effort in a match, game, race, or horse dancing competition. All clichés and cheesiness aside, to be given the opportunity to compete in the Olympics while gracing your national colors should considered second to none in terms of athletic honor.

With that opportunity, it is expected you represent your country in the absolute best way possible. These eight women tarnished the images of themselves and their sport by not respecting the Olympic spirit. If America, the greatest country in the universe, can field a team of NBA superstars, fresh off their long, physically and emotionally taxing seasons, who are willing to talk smack to the Dream Team and graciously play too hard against teams like Tunisia- then anything is possible. Obviously, a group of NBA players are going to be competitive to the utmost degree- a critical component to each of their successes- but it is something to be expected from every athlete competing in the Games.

Attempting to lose anything is a foreign concept to America. Why would anyone, ever, in any situation, want to lose anything?! That is in direct conflict with American and Olympic way. I guess, what I’m trying to say is this: Olympic athletes, go ahead and take a page out of our ass-kicking-taking-names approach to (life) the Olympics and represent your country with a competitive verve that leaves audiences in awe, not severe disappointment.

Stephen Kersh lives in The United States of America and can be found on Twitter (@KaptainKersh).

Editor’s Note:

Video of the match can be found here.
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3 Comments on “A Bunch of Bad(minton) Women”

  1. Stefan Jagot Says:

    I agree to an extent, the fact is you play to win, not to lose. Especially when you are representing your country and the sport. While there should have been more thought put into the manner these athletes should have focused on winning rather than exploiting a loophole.

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  2. Anonymous Says:

    If losing one match increases your odds to make it to the finals, why wouldn’t you try to lose? It sounds like some more thought should have gone into the set up, since it was obviously advantageous to lose.

    Reply

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