China's Badminton Coach Apologizes, Top Chinese Player Retires Following Match Fixing Scandal

James Johnson

The Badminton scandal that has rocked the 2012 London Olympics has now resulted in an apology from China's coach and the resignation of at least one well-known international badminton player.

In tarnishing the sports value the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has asked that coaches, players and players be punished if they lost on purpose or encouraged competing players to lose intentionally.

Chinese badminton coach Li Yongbo clearly took responsibility for the scandal, saying "It's me to blame."

Yongbo then added:

"We didn't take each competition seriously and follow the Olympic spirit of 'higher, faster and stronger' as professional athletes,"
"The doubles teams -- the top-seeded pair from China, two pairs from South Korea and one from Indonesia -- were also set to have their accreditation removed by their national Olympic bodies and to be sent home."
"This is my last game. Farewell Badminton World Federation. Farewell my dear badminton."
"I think firstly we should apologize to the Chinese audience, because we did not demonstrate the Olympic spirit. … We did not give the audience a game that fully demonstrated our skills. And it really resulted in a lot of negative influence."

Wang didn't announce plans to retire like her partner but instead promised to "play to my full strength in future games..."

With two South Korean and one Indonesian team also disqualified the Olympics experienced its first mass disqualification in event history.

The Chinese team didn't exactly hide their intentional loss, drawing boos from the crowd as they allowed the South Koreans to pull an easy win.

In a statement released to the Xinhua news agency Olympic officials for Team China wrote:

"The behavior by Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli on court violated the Olympics ideal and the spirit of fair play. The Chinese delegation feels distressed over this matter."

IOC spokesperson Mark Adams told USAToday that the IOC has asked the Badminton World Federation to examine coaches, players and trainer in order "to look into the entourage issue just to see if there any questions to be answered."

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