2012 Olympics: Member of Sixers' Ownership Part of Badminton Controversy

Whoa what’s this? Well a member of the Sixers’ ownership group, known as Erick Thohir, is also the head of Indonesia’s Olympic team, at least for Badminton. His team is being accused of throwing matches to get a more favorable slot for the tournament. He had some comments too:

“China has been doing this so many times and they never get sanctioned by the BWF,” Thohir said. “On the first game yesterday when China did it, the BWF didn’t do anything. If the BWF do something on the first game and they say you are disqualified, it is a warning for everyone.”

Here, his comment suggests that he shouldn’t get in trouble for throwing a match. I was expecting something saying that he doesn’t throw matches but he went the other way. Thoughts about that, later. Here’s the main story:

Eight female badminton doubles players were disqualified Wednesday from the London Olympics after trying to lose matches to receive a more favorable place in the tournament. The Badminton World Federation announced its ruling after investigating two teams from South Korea and one each from China and Indonesia. It punished them for “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” in matches Tuesday night.

Other notes from this article say that it was so obvious, the crowd was booing. I didn’t watch the matches so I can’t say for myself. But, if it’s true that the teams were throwing matches, then they should be punished. Thohir says he will appeal the decision. South Korea will also appeal.

Thohir didn’t deny his team’s actions. And that’s what scares me. Let’s just hope he’s not taking that same approach with the Sixers. I guess it would be similar to tanking. It would be something like, the Sixers are a top 3 team. He would have the Sixers lose games though to get a lower seed in the playoffs and have a better chance of advancing. Something like that. It’s not a perfect example but that’s what I got so far.

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