The title of a CBS Sportsline article released on August 4, 2012 is “TAINTED women’s doubles in badminton ends with China taking gold” ((Web-site/URL: http://www.cbssports.com/olympics/story/19727965/tainted-womens-doubles-in-badminton-ends-with-china-taking-gold).
“A Chinese team won the Olympic gold medal in badminton. It just WASN’T the one most EXPECTED“. WHAT DID PEOPLE “expect?” and are these “expectations” REASONABLE? (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“The SCANDAL-MARRED women’s doubles competition concluded Saturday (August 4, 2012) with Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei defeating Japan’s Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa 21-10, 25-23 in the final”.
“Tian and Zhao are the players that INADVERTENTLY (?) started off the problems at Wembley Arena by losing a match to a Danish team in the group stage. That set off a wave of trouble that led to the disqualification of FOUR teams, including the favorites from CHINA“. WAS THIS DONE “inadvertently?” Again, this is open to INTERPRETATIONS (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
According to Zhao, “To be honest, WE DIDN’T REALLY PAY MUCH ATTENTION TO IT. We’re PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES. WE FOCUSED ON OURSELVES” because what happens elsewhere is BEYOND THEIR CONTROL.
“Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang made up the TOP-SEEDED team for the London Games, but they were among EIGHT players disqualified ahead of the quarterfinals for PURPOSEFULLY losing group matches in order to MANIPULATE the pairings for the knockout stages“. “EIGHT players disqualified” is UNPRECEDENTED.
“Wang and Yu had lost only FOUR matches in TWO YEARS, but a FEEBLE, DELIBERATE LOSS in a group match to avoid meeting Tian and Zhao before the final DISGRACED THEM and they were KICKED OUT of the tournament by the Badminton World Federation”. “feeble” = INEPT and INCOMPETENT. WHY WOULD PEOPLE WANT TO DELIBERATELY ACT THAT WAY? THIS IS INCOMPREHENSIBLE.
“China coach Li Yongbo, who shouldered the blame for Wang’s and Yu’s performance and apologized, congratulated Tian and Zhao for giving the country its FIFTH STRAIGHT women’s doubles gold medal”. “We SHOULD (?) win the gold medals. Even though there was the problem with our first seed pair, these are champions and THEY WERE UNDER PRESSURE“. “WE SHOULD win?” NOPE. “wins” must be EARNED. Also, being “under pressure” IS NOT an excuse to fix matches. This is another NEGATIVE consequence to the CHINESE “win at all cost” mentality.
“Valeria Sorokina and Nina Vislova DIDN’T make it through the group stage of the tournament, but they were placed in the quarterfinals after FOUR teams were disqualified. On Saturday (August 4, 2012), they won the BRONZE medal”. Advancing or winning because of stupid/ridiculous actions by others can only be described as LUCK OF THE DRAW. “FOUR teams disqualified” is UNPRECEDENTED. According to Vislova, “I think we had GOOD LUCK having the chance to take part in today’s (August 4, 2012) competition“. Is that ALL that got Sorokina and Vislova through to medal contention? “luck?” “It’s a SUPER day for us. WE DESERVED IT“, the latest expression of ARROGANCE (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“Sorokina and Vislova won their medal by beating Alex Bruce and Michelle Li of Canada (Li most likely emigrated from CHINA to get away from all the scandals) 21-9, 21-10. Bruce and Li ALSO HAD BEEN ELIMINATED AND THEN RESTORED to the competition when two teams from South Korea and one (each) from China and Indonesia were KICKED OUT“, a SEVERE punishment for a DISGRACEFUL action.
According to Sorokina, “WE DID THE RIGHT THING by FORGETTING EVERYTHING THAT’S HAPPENED and FOCUSING ON OURSELVES and focusing on the bronze (medal match) and EVERYTHING WENT WELL“, or as “well” as they could UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES.
“In men’s doubles, Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark upset TOP-ranked Chung Jae-sung and Lee Yong-dae of South Korea 17-21, 21-18, 22-20. The Danes next face four-time world champions Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng of China in Saturday’s (August 4, 2012) final”. Cai and Fu were two/one of the few Chinese players/teams who DIDN’T cheat.
“Cai and Fu, who lost in the final at the 2008 Beijing Games, defeated Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong of Malaysia 21-9, 21-19″.
According to Fu, “IT WOULD MEAN SO MUCH to us as a pair [to win this time] and SO MUCH for the Chinese team”. Perhaps Cai and Fu want to SEEK REVENGE for their disqualified teammates (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h7cmuRLwME).
“In women’s singles, Li Xuerui beat Wang Yihan 21-15, 21-23, 21-17 in an all-Chinese final that left both of them BENT OVER GASPING FOR AIR at times“.
“Wang saved two match points in the second game but Li secured the win on her third in the decider. She then tossed her racket and raised her arms, and finally saluted the crowd in Wembley Arena”.
“Li also beat second-ranked teammate Wang Xin in the semifinals. Li succeeded their coach, Zhang Ning, as Olympic champion”.
Finally, “Earlier, Saina Nehwal became only the second woman from India to medal in the Olympics when Wang Xin of China retired with an injury during their bronze playoff. Wang Xin was leading 21-18, 1-0 when she collapsed a second time with A TWISTED LEFT KNEE“. “”I HAD A FEELING I WAS GOING TO MEDAL (?), JUST NOT THIS WAY. I WANTED TO HAVE A GOOD WIN. I was SHOCKED (?) at what happened“. REALLY? “I was LUCKY today“.
We certainly DON’T need anything else to be “tainted” or “scandal-marred”. We’ve had enough “scandals” TO LAST A LIFETIME.