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Indonesia bans badminton pair after Olympic scandal

Published on Sep 5, 2012 5:25 PM
Indonesia's Greysia Polii (R) and Meilana Jauhari (L) play a shot during their women's doubles badminton match against South Korea's Kim Min Jung and Ha Jung Eun at the London 2012 Olympic Games in London on July 31, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP) - The Indonesian badminton association banned its women's doubles pair from competitions for four months after they were disqualified for throwing a match in the Olympics, an official said on Wednesday.

Greysia Polii and her partner Meiliana Jauhari are "ineligible for national and international competition for four months until December 3", the Indonesian Badminton Association secretary-general Yacob Rusdianto said.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) disqualified the pair at the beginning of August after they tried to lose matches in the first round group phase in an attempt to manipulate the knockout draw.

They were banned from competitions immediately after disqualification.

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