Shocker: Unsportsmanslike Conduct at Olympics
August 8, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
The entire world is watching, and given the attention that the global media has recently dedicated to unethical behavior of certain Olympic athletes, sports fans could mistake it for a newly introduced Olympic sport of its own during these 2012 London Summer Games.
Who would have ever thought that so many would ever choose to care about a women's badminton tourney, which apparently is the new tipping point or benchmark for unethical behavior? And for an international organization, aka the International Olympic Committee (IOC), with a past littered with scandal and corruption well before most of us can remember, it is a tad ironic.
Who would have ever thought that it would take a women's soccer team, most notably the team who actually won the 2011 Women's Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Soccer World Cup, who now are more notorious for unethical behavior than that very championship?
To wit, four women's badminton doubles teams were accused of match-fixing during the first week of these Games — not playing all-out in order for them to get better seedings in the tournament — prior to the medal elimination rounds. The teams involved were the Chinese world doubles champion team, two South Korean doubles teams, and an Indonesian doubles team.