Badminton reacts to scandal with draw change
BANGKOK (AP) - The Badminton World Federation decided on Friday to change the Olympic doubles rules but not the much-criticised group format in the wake of the match-throwing scandal at the London Games.
The change, said BWF secretary general Thomas Lund, was "to ensure such a regrettable spectacle is never witnessed in badminton again".
Four women's pairs, including the world champions from China, were disqualified in London for trying to deliberately lose their group matches to rig easier paths through the knockout stages.
But at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, all teams finishing second in their groups will go through another draw to determine who they face in the knockout stage. The group winners will have fixed positions to begin the playoffs.