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Tonight they have... synchronized diving. Seriously? How does this differ from synchronized ejaculation in a porn movie?

 

World-wide audience?

 

IOC approval?

 

McDonalds/Coca Cola sponsorship?

 

A budget beyond $10,000?

 

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So, a bunch of badminton doubles pairs got disqualified from the Olympics for throwing their matches in attempts to play easier pairs during their next rounds. I love the comments of the compatriots of one of the teams:

 

Lin Dan, the top-ranked men's singles player, stood by his Chinese teammates and blamed the federation for not anticipating that this strategy might be used.

 

But others voiced anger with the organisers, with one microblogger writing: "This is a mistake with the arrangements and you cannot allow the athletes to shoulder the blame."

 

Another pointed out: "Although it goes against the spirit of sports, the Olympic committee did not clearly rule this out in the regulations."

 

. . . several seeing the athletes as the victims. "I would support them if they were brave enough to say their coach put them up to it," wrote one microblog user.

 

"It is not fair to criticise Yu Yang. She is a victim of the badminton match system. We should encourage her to stand up again, not attack her. She did it for the team and she sacrificed her interest. Chinese people should support her, understand her and be proud of her."

 

Gee, I hope when I make shitty decisions in the future, people are stupid kind enough to blame everyone but me for them.

 

"Did you hear Rona robbed a bank?"

 

"Well, it's the bank's fault for putting all that money in one place. What did they expect?"

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So, a bunch of badminton doubles pairs got disqualified from the Olympics for throwing their matches in attempts to play easier pairs during their next rounds. I love the comments of the compatriots of one of the teams:

 

Lin Dan, the top-ranked men's singles player, stood by his Chinese teammates and blamed the federation for not anticipating that this strategy might be used.

 

But others voiced anger with the organisers, with one microblogger writing: "This is a mistake with the arrangements and you cannot allow the athletes to shoulder the blame."

 

Another pointed out: "Although it goes against the spirit of sports, the Olympic committee did not clearly rule this out in the regulations."

 

. . . several seeing the athletes as the victims. "I would support them if they were brave enough to say their coach put them up to it," wrote one microblog user.

 

"It is not fair to criticise Yu Yang. She is a victim of the badminton match system. We should encourage her to stand up again, not attack her. She did it for the team and she sacrificed her interest. Chinese people should support her, understand her and be proud of her."

 

Gee, I hope when I make shitty decisions in the future, people are stupid kind enough to blame everyone but me for them.

 

"Did you hear Rona robbed a bank?"

 

"Well, it's the bank's fault for putting all that money in one place. What did they expect?"

 

Not quite. Deadspin gets it exactly right here - these were athletes doing what they could to win gold, like when an NFL team lets its opponent score to get the ball back with more time for a comeback.

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So, a bunch of badminton doubles pairs got disqualified from the Olympics for throwing their matches in attempts to play easier pairs during their next rounds. I love the comments of the compatriots of one of the teams:

 

Lin Dan, the top-ranked men's singles player, stood by his Chinese teammates and blamed the federation for not anticipating that this strategy might be used.

 

But others voiced anger with the organisers, with one microblogger writing: "This is a mistake with the arrangements and you cannot allow the athletes to shoulder the blame."

 

Another pointed out: "Although it goes against the spirit of sports, the Olympic committee did not clearly rule this out in the regulations."

 

. . . several seeing the athletes as the victims. "I would support them if they were brave enough to say their coach put them up to it," wrote one microblog user.

 

"It is not fair to criticise Yu Yang. She is a victim of the badminton match system. We should encourage her to stand up again, not attack her. She did it for the team and she sacrificed her interest. Chinese people should support her, understand her and be proud of her."

 

Gee, I hope when I make shitty decisions in the future, people are stupid kind enough to blame everyone but me for them.

 

"Did you hear Rona robbed a bank?"

 

"Well, it's the bank's fault for putting all that money in one place. What did they expect?"

 

Not quite. Deadspin gets it exactly right here - these were athletes doing what they could to win gold, like when an NFL team lets its opponent score to get the ball back with more time for a comeback.

 

I just got back to this thread. Adrian is correct and there are many, many more examples of this behavior in professional sports than commonly assumed. How about team sports where key players are not played to "rest" them once a playoff spot is gained, allowing lesser teams to win games and climb in the standings? At any rate, the way the badminton tournament is arranged it's just asking for this type of "strategizing". A single elimination format, like a tennis draw, would stop it in its tracks... you can't tell me that organizers and the IOC don't know that and continue this methodology instead.

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I hear the world's three badminton fans are up in arms over these critical, earth-shattering events - but not quite as much as the millions of women's beach volleyball fans who tuned in last night only to find the women fully dressed.

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Not quite. Deadspin gets it exactly right here - these were athletes doing what they could to win gold, like when an NFL team lets its opponent score to get the ball back with more time for a comeback.

Absolutely. Or MLB teams adjusting their performance late season to control who they meet in the playoffs.

 

I can't even believe there's a rule against slacking off.

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By that time most of Europe, especially the eastern bloc,

Apart form the Eastern block, which European countries were sending effectively professional athletes?

 

I'll give you a clue. None.

We're talking 70's here - Norway, Sweden, Finland, Austria, West Germany and to a lesser extent France, Italy and Spain. Worked on four Olympics - 76, 80 (both), 84. During the bio/research stage it was clear who was state sponsored and who wasn't. I'm not saying all athletes were pros, but the numbers increased for each country as the years progressed. By '84 it was all pros all the time.

I.e., 20 years after the US, by your own admission.

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