Badminton at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's doubles

The badminton women's doubles tournament at the 2012 Olympic Games in London took place from 28 July to 4 August at Wembley Arena.

Badminton women's doubles
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
VenueWembley Arena
Date28 July to 4 August
Competitors32 from 13 nations
Medalists
Tian Qing
Zhao Yunlei
 China
Mizuki Fujii
Reika Kakiiwa
 Japan
Valeria Sorokina
Nina Vislova
 Russia

The draw for the tournament was made on 23 July 2012.[1][2] Thirty-two players from 14 nations competed in the event.

The competition became embroiled in controversy during the group stage when eight players (two pairs from South Korea and one pair each from China and Indonesia) were ejected from the tournament by the Badminton World Federation after being found guilty of "not using best efforts" and "conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport" by playing to lose matches in order to manipulate the draw for the knockout stage. In one match, both teams made a series of basic errors, and in one match the maximum rally was just four shots.

Competition format

The tournament started with a group phase round-robin followed by a knockout stage.[3]

Seeds

  1.  Wang Xiaoli / Yu Yang (CHN) (Group Stage, Disqualified)
  2.  Tian Qing / Zhao Yunlei (CHN) (Gold Medallists)
  3.  Ha Jung-eun / Kim Min-jung (KOR) (Group Stage, Disqualified)
  4.  Mizuki Fujii / Reika Kakiiwa (JPN) (Silver Medallists)

Results

Group stage

Group A

Team Pld W L SW SL Pts
 Jung Kyung-eun / Kim Ha-na (KOR)33060DQ
 Wang Xiaoli / Yu Yang (CHN)32142DQ
 Valeria Sorokina / Nina Vislova (RUS)312241
 Alexandra Bruce / Michelle Li (CAN)303060
Team 1 Score Team 2
28 July, 19:05
 Wang X / Yu Y (CHN) 21–11
21–7
 Bruce / Li (CAN)
29 July, 09:40
 Jung K-e / Kim H-n (KOR) 21–5
21–11
 Bruce / Li (CAN)
29 July, 18:30
 Wang X / Yu Y (CHN) 21–6
21–9
 Sorokina / Vislova (RUS)
30 July, 09:40
 Jung K-e / Kim H-n (KOR) 23–21
21–18
 Sorokina / Vislova (RUS)
31 July, 08:30
 Sorokina / Vislova (RUS) 21–8
21–10
 Bruce / Li (CAN)
31 July, 19:07
 Wang X / Yu Y (CHN) 14–21
11–21
 Jung K-e / Kim H-n (KOR)

Group B

Team Pld W L SW SL Pts
 Cheng Wen-hsing / Chien Yu-chin (TPE)321532
 Mizuki Fujii / Reika Kakiiwa (JPN)321432
 Jwala Gutta / Ashwini Ponnappa (IND)321432
 Shinta Mulia Sari / Yao Lei (SIN)303260
Team 1 Score Team 2
28 July, 15:20
 Fujii / Kakiiwa (JPN) 21–16
21–18
 Gutta / Ponnappa (IND)
28 July, 20:15
 Cheng W-h / Chien Y-c (TPE) 18–21
21–15
21–15
 Sari / Yao L (SIN)
29 July, 14:17
 Fujii / Kakiiwa (JPN) 16–21
21–10
21–19
 Sari / Yao L (SIN)
30 July, 19:05
 Cheng W-h / Chien Y-c (TPE) 23–25
21–16
18–21
 Gutta / Ponnappa (IND)
31 July, 13:09
 Fujii / Kakiiwa (JPN) 19–21
11–21
 Cheng W-h / Chien Y-c (TPE)
31 July, 18:30
 Sari / Yao L (SIN) 16–21
15–21
 Gutta / Ponnappa (IND)

Group C

Team Pld W L SW SL Pts
 Ha Jung-eun / Kim Min-jung (KOR)33061DQ
 Meiliana Jauhari / Greysia Polii (INA)32153DQ
 Leanne Choo / Renuga Veeran (AUS)312341
 Michelle Edwards / Annari Viljoen (RSA)303060
Team 1 Score Team 2
28 July, 14:17
 Ha J-e / Kim M-j (KOR) 21–8
21–7
 Edwards / Viljoen (RSA)
28 July, 19:42
 Jauhari / Polii (INA) 21–11
20–22
21–7
 Choo / Veeran (AUS)
29 July, 20:52
 Choo / Veeran (AUS) 21–9
21–7
 Edwards / Viljoen (RSA)
30 July, 15:20
 Jauhari / Polii (INA) 21–18
21–10
 Edwards / Viljoen (RSA)
30 July, 19:09
 Ha J-e / Kim M-j (KOR) 21–7
21–19
 Choo / Veeran (AUS)
31 July, 20:19
 Ha J-e / Kim M-j (KOR) 18–21
21–14
21–12
 Jauhari / Polii (INA)

Group D

Team Pld W L SW SL Pts
 Christinna Pedersen / Kamilla Rytter Juhl (DEN)321532
 Tian Qing / Zhao Yunlei (CHN)321422
 Miyuki Maeda / Satoko Suetsuna (JPN)321432
 Poon Lok Yan / Tse Ying Suet (HKG)303160
Team 1 Score Team 2
28 July, 09:07
 Pedersen / Juhl (DEN) 21–18
14–21
17–21
 Maeda / Suetsuna (JPN)
28 July, 09:44
 Tian Q / Zhao Y (CHN) 21–11
21–12
 Poon / Tse (HKG)
29 July, 09:44
 Pedersen / Juhl (DEN) 21–13
14–21
21–18
 Poon / Tse (HKG)
30 July, 09:44
 Tian Q / Zhao Y (CHN) 21–16
21–17
 Maeda / Suetsuna (JPN)
31 July, 09:40
 Tian Q / Zhao Y (CHN) 20–22
12–21
 Pedersen / Juhl (DEN)
31 July, 14:15
 Maeda / Suetsuna (JPN) 21–15
21–19
 Poon / Tse (HKG)

Finals

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
               
A1  Valeria Sorokina (RUS)
 Nina Vislova (RUS)
21 21  
C2  Michelle Edwards (RSA)
 Annari Viljoen (RSA)
9 7  
A1  Valeria Sorokina (RUS)
 Nina Vislova (RUS)
19 6  
D2  Tian Qing (CHN)
 Zhao Yunlei (CHN)
21 21  
B1  Cheng Wen-hsing (TPE)
 Chien Yu-chin (TPE)
10 14  
D2  Tian Qing (CHN)
 Zhao Yunlei (CHN)
21 21  
D2  Tian Qing (CHN)
 Zhao Yunlei (CHN)
21 25  
B2  Mizuki Fujii (JPN)
 Reika Kakiiwa (JPN)
10 23  
A2  Alex Bruce (CAN)
 Michelle Li (CAN)
21 18 21
C1  Leanne Choo (AUS)
 Renuga Veeran (AUS)
9 21 18
A2  Alex Bruce (CAN)
 Michelle Li (CAN)
12 21 13 Bronze medal match
B2  Mizuki Fujii (JPN)
 Reika Kakiiwa (JPN)
21 19 21
B2  Mizuki Fujii (JPN)
 Reika Kakiiwa (JPN)
22 21   A1  Valeria Sorokina (RUS)
 Nina Vislova (RUS)
21 21  
D1  Christinna Pedersen (DEN)
 Kamilla Rytter Juhl (DEN)
20 10   A2  Alex Bruce (CAN)
 Michelle Li (CAN)
9 10  

Group stage disqualifications

A review into two matches in the badminton women's doubles competition played on 31 July was conducted after it appeared that, having already qualified for the knockout stages, players on both sides in each game had been attempting to lose their last group stage matches in order to gain a more favourable draw in the quarter finals.

The matches in question were between China's Wang Xiaoli / Yu Yang and South Korea's Jung Kyung-eun / Kim Ha-na in Group A, and South Korea's Ha Jung-eun / Kim Min-jung versus Indonesia's Meiliana Jauhari / Greysia Polii in Group C. After errors began occurring during routine shots in both matches, including shots going long and serves hitting the net, the crowd reacted angrily,[4][5] and the match between Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli of China and Jung Kyung and Kim Ha Na of South Korea featured no rallies of more than four shots.[6]

A South Korean coach claims to have emulated China so as to avoid playing against another Korean team in the knockout stages before the final, and South Korean head coach Sung Han-kook said "Because they don't want to play the semi-final against each other, so we did the same. We didn't want to play the South Korean team again".[7][8]

In the second game, the tournament referee initially issued a black card to disqualify the players, but after their team's coaches and officials ran onto the court and remonstrated with him, this was rescinded. Play was allowed to continue while he monitored proceedings, and both the earlier match and this later match were ultimately played to a conclusion, completing the draw for the quarter finals (Group B and D having concluded earlier in the day).

Technical delegate Paisan Rangsikitpho said after the Group A match, "If it's true what I hear, this is a shame and I don't like it. And I'm not going to accept anything that I don't like at all. It's not in a good spirit....I apologise to the public, I apologise for everyone and I am not happy."[9]

On 1 August 2012, following a Badminton World Federation review, all eight players were found guilty of "not using best efforts" and "conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport" and were ejected from the tournament. [10] The quarter-finals then continued with the disqualified teams replaced by the other teams from their groups.

The decision was highly debated; some argued that while the teams have not been performing their best effort to win the game at hand, they had been in fact doing their best to win the tournament, and that conserving resources in early matches is a common practice in every competitive sport.[11][12][13][14]

The competition format for Badminton at the 2016 Summer Olympics was changed to prevent any repeat of these events.[15]

References

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  4. "Olympics badminton: fans jeer errors in doubles match". BBC Sport. 1 August 2012.
  5. "Controversy erupts in 2012 badminton clash". ESPN.
  6. "Olympics: Badminton players charged over 'thrown' matches". Channel NewsAsia.
  7. "Reports: Eight Badminton Players Tossed Out Of Olympics". National Public Radio. 31 July 2012.
  8. "London 2012 Olympics: Badminton players charged with misconduct after appearing to try to lose their games". The Daily Telegraph.
  9. Ransom, Ian (31 July 2012). "Match fixing causes badminton chaos". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  10. "Olympics badminton: Eight women disqualified from doubles". BBC Sport. 1 August 2012.
  11. "Yehuda: Olympics Badminton: A Study in Bad Game Design". Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  12. "Badminton scandal: Is it always wrong to lose on purpose?". The Seattle Times. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  13. "Index - Sport - Mikortól csalás a taktika?". Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  14. "The Goal Is Winning Gold, Not Winning Every Match". New York Times. 2 August 2012.
  15. Mackay, Duncan (30 November 2012). "Olympics doubles rules changed for Rio 2016 after match-fixing scandal". Inside the Games. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
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