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Badminton faces review after scandal
03:29 AEST Mon Aug 6 2012

Changes to the Olympic badminton competition will be considered in the wake of the tanking scandal that rocked the London Games.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) will re-evaluate the round robin format trialled for the first time at London after four top Asian pair were disqualified for match throwing offences.

The four pairs - including gold-medal favourites China and a number-three seeded Korean duo - missed serves and swung into the air in a bid to lose their matches to manipulate a more favourable draw.

The farcical display, carried out before a booing crowd at Wembley Arena, was condemned across the board and labelled "depressing" by LOCOG chairman Sebastian Coe.

The BWF will reportedly review the tournament at a meeting in November.

"Let there be no misunderstanding, BWF takes this matter utterly seriously and we trust that the steps we have taken show this," said BWF president Kang Young Joon in London.

He said the federation expelled the players based on the sports constitution, not as a result of any pressure from the International Olympic Committee.

Many teams, including Australia, blamed the introduction of the group stage in place of the knockout round for the scandal.

They argued that it allowed players to benefit from losing their final matches as it lead to them facing easier opponents in the next round.

"It's not good when you create a tournament where the players are put in this situation," Australia's head coach Lasse Bundgaard said.

"If you can win a medal by losing, but not by winning, that's not a good situation to be put in."

But the BWF's general secretary Thomas Lund said despite the controversy, the round robin format had been "a tremendous success" as it allowed more players to compete at the Games.

He said there were "tools" that could be introduced to avoid a similar scandal as that which played out at London.

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