Olympic badminton players disqualified for throwing matches

Eight Olympic badminton players were disqualified Wednesday for allegedly trying to lose their matches to secure easier opponents in later rounds.

The Badminton World Federation determined that the eight women doubles players from China, South Korea and Indonesia violated codes of conduct for “not using one’s best efforts to win a match” and “conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport”.

The body says the teams from Indonesia and China are appealing the decision. Fans on Tuesday booed the teams after catching on to the behavior during Tuesday’s match in London’s Wembley Arena.

Meanwhile Wednesday, British rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning secured the host nation’s first gold medal by winning the women’s pair competition on Wednesday.

The win caps a dominating season performance for Glover and Stanning, who set an Olympic record in their preliminary heat. Australia took the silver medal, while New Zealand won bronze.

Cyclist Bradley Wiggins has a chance to become Britain’s most decorated Olympian. A gold, silver or bronze in the men’s individual time trial race would give Wiggins, this year’s Tour de France winner, a total of seven career Olympic medals, one more than rower Steve Redgrave.

In men’s swimming, Australian James “The Missile” Magnussen will face Brazilian world record holder Cesar Cielo and six other rivals in the men’s 100-meter freestyle race. Magnussen stumbled in his Olympic debut when he and his teammates in the 4×100 meter freestyle relay finished in an embarrassing fourth place.

The United States leads the overall medal count with 24 medals, with China in second at 23 medals, and with France and Japan tied for a distant third place with 12. China leads with 13 gold medals to nine for the Americans.