I will start by saying that the prospect I suggest in the heading is unlikely to happen, as I will discuss.
However, as we saw in the Olympics, and previously as example in the World Cup and in cricket’s Benson & Hedges Cup, the rules can be manipulated, within the letter, if not the spirit of the law.
2012 Olympic Badminton
“Eight badminton players have been disqualified from the women’s doubles competition after being accused of “not using one’s best efforts to win”.
Two pairs from South Korea and one each from China and Indonesia made a series of basic errors in Tuesday’s matches.
All four pairs were accused of wanting to lose, in an attempt to manipulate the draw for the knockout stage.
A South Korean appeal was rejected by the Badminton World Federation, while Indonesia withdrew an appeal.
As well as the “not using best efforts” charge, the players were also accused of “conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport”. Continue reading