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SBD Global/August 3, 2012/Olympics
China Badminton Player Retires Following Olympics Match-Throwing Controversy
Published August 3, 2012
BACKLASH IN CHINA: In London, Branigan & Walker reported that Chinese officials have "yet to comment" on Yu's retirement. The careers of top athletes, including their retirements, are usually "carefully controlled by sports authorities." State news agency Xinhua reported that Chinese officials had ordered Yu, her teammate and the head of their Olympic badminton team to publicly apologize (GUARDIAN, 8/2). The AFP reported that the scandal has been "one of the most talked-about subjects" on China's Twitter-like microblogs this week. Many fans called it a "humiliation" for the national team. Many responded to Yu's "shock announcement" with support and sympathy, although some remained critical (AFP, 8/2).
MORE FALLOUT: Also in London, Jerome Taylor reported that further sanctions may be placed on the Chinese, Indonesian and South Korean badminton teams after the IOC confirmed that it had "requested a probe of the teams’ coaches and support staff" (INDEPENDENT, 8/2). IOC Communications Dir Mark Adams said, "The overall principle is that the Games are about a good sporting performance and when that doesn't happen we need to take action. I hope a line has been drawn under this and that there is the clear message that if it happens again action will be taken" (PA, 8/2).