S Korea lifts domestic bans on its players

S Korea lifts domestic bans on its players

SEOUL - Agence France-Presse
S Korea lifts domestic bans on its players

Ha-Na and Kyung- Eun are seen during an Olympic match. AFP Photo

South Korea’s Olympic body has lifted six-month domestic suspensions on four players found guilty of deliberately underperforming during the London Olympics, officials said on Friday. But Jung Kyung-Eun, Kim Ha-Na, Ha Jung-Eun and Kim Min-Jung remain suspended from South Korea’s national team for one year, the Korean Olympic Committee ruled.

The Korea Badminton Association had initially suspended the players for two years and banned two coaches for life. After an appeal the players’ bans were cut to six months while the coaches’ lifetime suspension was slashed to two years.

Further measures

The committee also urged the badminton association to take measures to prevent similar scandals.
Eight female badminton players, from South Korea, Indonesia and China were disqualified from the Games for trying to lose matches in order to secure a more favourable draw in the next phase.

The scandal prompted Chinese badminton star Yu Yang to quit the sport. Indonesian badminton doubles pair Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari were banned for four months.

South Korea earned one badminton bronze medal in London -- its worst performance in the sport at any Olympics.