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BBC News 1 August 2012 Last updated at 06:46 GMT

China 'to probe badminton loss' as players charged

Players from China and South Korea were warned by the referee during the match
China's Olympic sports delegation has begun an investigation into allegations two badminton players "deliberately lost" their match, state media says.
Doubles players Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli are among eight players charged by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) with "not using one's best efforts to win".
Four players from South Korea and two from Indonesia have also been charged.
China's Olympic Committee opposed any behaviour which violated "sporting spirit and morality", a spokesman said.
Further action could be taken based on the results of the investigation, the spokesman said in a report published by Xinhua news agency.

ダブルスの ユー・ヤン選手とワン・シャオリー選手を含む8名の選手が「勝つために最上の力を発揮していない」 とバドミントン世界連盟より非難を受けた。
報道官によれば中国オリンピック委員会は「スポーツ精神と道徳に反するいかなる行為にも反対すると。 スポークスマンは更に踏み込んだ処置は調査の結果に次第で取ることになると新華社通信の報道の中で述べた。

'Waste energy'
The match between the top-seeded Chinese duo and South Koreans Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na came under scrutiny after the longest rally in their game lasted four shots.


Match referee Thorsten Berg came on court at one point to warn the players, who also appeared to make deliberate errors.
Both pairs were already through to the quarter-finals. Reports have suggested they both wanted to lose to secure an easier draw.
The Chinese duo lost, meaning - Xinhua noted - that if both Chinese pairs continue to do well, they will not meet until the final.

試合審判のトルステン・ベルグ氏はわざと失敗をしているように見えた選手に警告するためある時点でコートに降りてきた。 両方のペアはすでに準決勝に進んでおり、報道によると両方とも簡単に引き分けにしたいため、負けにしたかった。 この中国の2人組が負ければ、うまく行けば2組の中国ペアが、決勝戦まで会わない事になると新華社は掲載した。

Ms Yu said after the match that the performance was about saving strength.
"We've already qualified, so why would we waste energy? It's not necessary to go out hard again when the knockout rounds are tomorrow."
A subsequent match between South Korean third seeds Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung and Indonesian pair Meiliana Juahari and Greysia Polii also came under scrutiny, with both teams apparently keen to lose - and so avoid the Chinese in the next round.

続いて行われた韓国第3シードのハージュン選手とキムミンジュン選手対インドネシアのペアメイリアナ・ジュアンハリとグレイシア・ポリイ選手との試合も精査された。 両チームとも明らかに負けて、次の試合で中国と当たらないようにしようとした。

A statement from the BWF confirmed that all four pairs would face charges of "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".
It is not clear what kind of penalties they could face. They are due to play in the quarter-finals later on Wednesday.

彼らがどのような処罰を受けるか明らかでない。 水曜日の予選には出場予定である。

'No respect'
Australian coach Lasse Bundgaard said the group format of the tournament was to blame.
"If you can win a medal by losing, but not by winning, that's not a good situation to be put in," the Associated Press news agency quoted him as saying.


But a commentary piece carried by Xinhua was more reflective. The players' actions did not "break any rules", it said, but such behaviour damaged "sportsmanship and ethics".
"It is purely an act just for getting gold, with absolutely no respect to the spectators. You will be widely criticised even if you win the gold medal in the end," the commentary read.
"Is it more important for us to ensure a gold-winning opportunity, or to protect China's image and to spread the Olympic spirit?"

新華社の掲載したコメントはもっと反省的である。 選手の行為は規則違反ではなかった。しかしそのような行為はスポーツマンシップと道徳を傷つけた。
「ただ金メダルを得ることだけを目的とした行動で、観客への配慮はまるでない。 たとえ金メダルを獲得したとしても、その行為は多くの人々から非難を受ける行為である。」とそのコメントは述べている。 金メダルを勝ち取る機会を確実にするか、中国のイメージを守り、オリンピック精神を広めるかどちらが大切だろうか」

The row provoked heated debate on on Sina Weibo - one of China's Twitter equivalents. Moderators put up a page dividing comments into support and criticism of the players - and 70% of commentators backed the players.
One user in Beijing said: "It all depends on the result! Once the result is right, the way you achieve it doesn't really matter."
But another from Foshan in southern Guangdong said: "Passive competition, no matter what, goes against the Olympic spirit. All you want to achieve by doing this is to secure both gold and silver."




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