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Badminton Scandal Leaves 8 Olympians Expelled

Kim Ha Na (L) and Jung Kyung Eun of South Korea. (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/GettyImages)

Kim Ha Na (L) and Jung Kyung Eun of South Korea. (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/GettyImages)

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(WSCR) Could this be the darkest moment in badminton history?

It might be after eight female badminton players were kicked out of the Olympic Games on Wednesday over charges of “not using one’s best efforts to win a match” and “conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport.”

According to a report, the Badminton World Federation held a closed-door hearing to decide the fate of the eight players involved in the wake of events from Tuesday night at Wembley Arena. Television images from Tuesday’s match showed clips of the players in question “going through the motions” and appearing to “tank” in order to get a more favorable draw going forward.

Subsequent reports indicate some fans were booing said players, with some even demanding refunds.

The eight players expelled were Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang (China); Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari (Indonesia); Jung Kyung Eun and Kim Ha Na (South Korea); and Ha Jung Eun and Kim Min Jung (South Korea).