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Olympics: China's Yu quits badminton after scandal

Published on Aug 2, 2012 11:43 AM
Yu Yang of China teamed with Wang Xiaoli eyes the shuttlecock in a match against compatriots Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei during the women's double badminton finals at the Indonesian Open Superseries in Jakarta on June 16, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - One of the star Chinese badminton players disqualified from the Olympics for throwing a match has announced she is quitting the sport, saying her dreams had been "heartlessly shattered".

"This is my last time competing. Goodbye Badminton World Federation, goodbye my beloved badminton," Yu Yang said on her Weibo, or microblog, on Wednesday.

Yu, 26, and her partner Wang Xiaoli were disqualified by the Badminton World Federation for "not using one's best efforts to win a match" - an incident that sparked anger among Chinese sports fans.

The scandal has been one of the most talked-about subjects on China's Twitter-like microblogs, with many fans calling it a "humiliation" for the national team.

The Badminton World Federation also disqualified two South Korean pairs and one Indonesian duo for trying to lose their first-round games to secure better standing for the following knockout round.

Crowds booed their lacklustre performances on Tuesday as they appeared to deliberately hit the shuttlecock into the net or out of bounds.