Reaction to 8 badminton players disqualified

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A sample of reaction from players, coaches and Olympic officials to the disqualification of eight female badminton players for deliberately trying to lose matches at the London Games:


''Depressing. Who wants to sit through something like that?'' - Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London Olympic organizing committee.


''In tennis, I think it's totally different. You've got to win. No one wants to lose points, no one wants to tank. You do that, you know, in practice, I do it all the time. But never, never, never in competition.'' - Serena Williams.


''Sport is competitive. If you lose the competitive element, then the whole thing becomes a nonsense.'' - International Olympic Committee Vice President Craig Reedie.


''It's a bad image for badminton. I'm happy. I know I'm from Indonesia and the ladies doubles are from Indonesia, but it's bad for the sport.''- 2004 Olympic champion and current player Taufik Hidayat.


''No, we won't be refunding. You get into all sorts of strange precedents if people aren't satisfied with what they see.'' - LOCOG chief executive Paul Deighton.


''Clearly, it's not acceptable. People come along to see some good sport.'' - IOC spokesman Mark Adams.


''Choosing to lose a match to ensure the Chinese delegation can win another medal is not likely to be a decision that is up to the two athletes Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli to make. For a pair who have virtually not had a taste of defeat in two years, to swallow a loss on the Olympic stage must be a deeply sorrowful experience, what more to lose in this way, it can be said to be a blemish on their careers. But as athletes, they can only choose to obey for the benefit of the 'collective interest.''' - an online commentary in the Beijing News about two of the Chinese players.


''There is definitely going to be a negative impact, especially for the audience. This is definitely not within the Olympic spirit.'' - China's Lin Dan, the No. 2-ranked player in men's singles.


''It's not good when you create a tournament where the players are put in this situation. If you can win a medal by losing, but not by winning, that's not a good situation to be put in.'' - Australia badminton coach Lasse Bundgaard.


''It was absolutely shocking. The crowds were booing and chanting, 'Off, Off, Off.' For the future of our sport and the Olympic Games, something needs to be done.'' - 2008 singles silver medalist Gail Emms.

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