'They're just good at acting normally': Danish duo take aim at Chinese badminton

Denmark's Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl.

Samantha Lane Chinese badminton players, two of whom are among the eight women disqualified from the Olympics for deliberately throwing matches to improve their draws, have been accused of manipulating...

Women's badminton quarter-finals

Leanne Choo and Renuga Veeran sunddenly found themselves in the quaterfinals after four teams were disqualified at Wembly Arena in London.  August 1st 2012.

The bombshell that saw the Chinese top seeds, four South Koreans and an Indonesian pair ejected gave a reprieve to Australian duo Renuga Veeran and Leanne Choo, who went through to play Canada in the...

Tanking taint spreads well beyond badminton

Samantha Lane ATHLETES are angry. Officials are embarrassed. But more significantly, Olympic competition is tainted.

Food poisoning hits Australia's badminton team

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Samantha Lane A BOUT of food poisoning in the national badminton camp has rendered three of the five-member Olympic unit bedridden, ruling them out of a pre-Games tune -up against Great Britain, and affected the...


Chinese player quits badminton after match throwing scandal

Yu Yang.

One of the star Chinese badminton players disqualified from the Olympics for throwing a match has announced she is quitting the sport, saying her dreams had been "heartlessly shattered".

It's time for burgers, badminton and bellyache


Leaping Larry Certain symptoms herald the approach of the Olympic Games.

Badminton racket: teams charged ... for allegedly trying to lose


Glenda Kwek Some of the world's top badminton teams are under investigation after two extraordinary matches in which doubles pairs appeared to fight hard ... to lose.

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Badminton team devastated after losing second chance match

Leanne Choo during the match.

Peter Hanlon The disqualification of eight athletes in the badminton doubles competition gave Australia's women's pairing a second chance. Losing it was devastating.

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Love turns golden for badminton duo

China's Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei.

Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei became the first boyfriend and girlfriend duo to win Olympic gold medals together.

Badminton boss 'sorry' as athletes expelled over match-fixing scandal


Samantha Lane The head of international badminton has defended the sport's position at the Olympics in light of the scandalous disqualification of eight athletes for deliberately throwing matches.

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Eight badminton players sent home amid tanking fury

Samantha Lane and John Huxley EIGHT badminton players have been sent home from the Olympics after being disqualified for throwing matches in a case condemned by London Games boss Sebastian Coe as ''depressing'' and...

IOC to dip toe in waters of change

The new IOC president, Thomas Bach.

Christopher Clarey Sebastian Coe, who ran world records and then ran the successful London Olympics, has announced his candidacy for the presidency of track and field's world governing body.


How the Iraq war nearly ended London's Olympic dream

The Princess Royal (L) listens as Chairman of the British Olympic Association Craig Reedie speaks during a news conference in Singapore July 4, 2005. Paris, London, Madrid, New York City and Moscow are competing to win the right to host the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in an IOC vote which will be held on July 6 in Singapore. The Princess and Reedie are in Singapore to support London's bid. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad

Chris Barrett The founding father of the 2012 Olympics helped Tony Blair schmooze London its ticket to host the Games and saw the war in Iraq nearly bring it all down in flames.


Food poisoning lays team low


Samantha Lane A bout of food poisoning in the Australian badminton camp has rendered three of the five-member Olympic unit bed-ridden, ruling them out of a pre-Games tune-up against Great Britain.


Sleeping pill ban riles Mark

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Samantha Lane Having complained loudly, and at length, about an enforced night-time separation from his wife in London's Olympic village, shooter Russell Mark yesterday said reports of his rooming gripe were...

We don't play to lose - others do, says Graf

Basketball Robert Dillon and Chris Dutton OPALS coach Carrie Graf made the remarkable claim on Wednesday that some international basketball teams ''strategically'' lose matches but denied Australia endorsed such policies or that it...

Australians gain a reprieve but the tank's empty

Peter Hanlon NEVER has the sport of goose feathers got itself in such a flap. The Olympic campaign of Australia's women's doubles pairing finally ended on Wednesday night, more than two days after it finished the...

60-second wrap

One bloody hundredth of a second. After the disappointment of the 4x100 metres relay, James Magnusson looked to have hit back in the best way with a gold medal in the individual 100m at the pool.


Teams have 'strategically' lost basketball matches: Opals coach


Robert Dillon and Chris Dutton Opals coach Carrie Graf has made the remarkable claim that some international basketball teams ‘‘strategically’’ lose matches but denied Australia endorsed such policies or that it undermined the...

Not cricket: what would Waugh the winner make of Olympic tankers?

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 6:  Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting of Australia look on during the presentations after day five of the 4th Test between Australia and India at the SCG on January 6, 2004 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

Robert Dillon Steve Waugh may never have competed at the Olympics but few would appear better qualified for the mentoring role - athlete-liaison officer, to be precise - he occupies with the Australian team in...