Badminton ethics 2
Badminton has been known as a backyard sport for centuries. Started around the 5th century as a series of related games in Asia, Badminton has grown to become a worldwide game. Though we cannot compare its popularity to games such as Tennis, it’s a growing sport in the international scene. A publication in Slate.com dated August 01, 2012, shows how some players can bend rules to their own advantage; a direct insult to the ethics of the game.
This article talks about the ethics of sportsmanship. It illustrates how eight female Badminton players from South Korea, Indonesia, and China deliberately decided to lose on their first double matches in order to stand a chance of meeting a weak opponent on their second matches. 16 teams had entered the Olympic matches and as per the rules of the competition, half of these teams would qualify from the preliminaries to the knockout matches. At the knockout stage, it would be easier for a team to secure a spot in the medals game. Seizing this opportunity, one Chinese team, two South Korean teams, and one Indonesian team decided to play the part of the underdog. China had two teams at the game and so did South Korea. Thus in order to stand a chance of gaining two Olympic medals from Badminton, neither country wanted both of their teams to meet at the knockout phase. This started when one of the Chinese teams comprising of Zhao Yunlei and Tian Qing lost to Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl giving a green light for the two China’s teams to meet at the semifinals of the knockout matches. This would deprive China the chance of acquiring two medals at the finals. To avoid this scenario, the Chinese decided to deliberately make the other team lose. The South Koreans saw this trick in time and decided that it’d be in their best interest to lose as well. In the following game between the South Koreans and the Chinese, both teams tried their best to lose. They hit...
Cited: Peters, J. (2012, August 01). Shuttlecock and Bull. Slate on the web. Retrieved January 29, 2013, from
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