Gutta-Ponnappa may replace one of the disqualified teams

Indian women's doubles badminton pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Poonappa have been reinstated after India lodged a formal protest with the London Games' organisers to probe if the match involving Japan and Chinese Taipei was played in the right spirit, following the elimination of the pair on Tuesday. Jwala and Ashwini missed out on a quarter-final berth by a difference of just one point, even though they beat Shinta Mulia Sari and Lei Yao of Singapore 21-16, 21-15 in their last Group B match, after tying with Japan and Taipei on the number of wins.
Four pairs in the women's doubles competition -- one from China, one from Indonesia and two from South Korea -- were barred after being hit by disciplinary charges of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) took action. A source with knowledge of the proceedings confirmed that the eight women had been disqualified for trying to deliberately lose matches in the round robin phase to manipulate the knockout draw. The eight badminton players at the heart of the scandal had been charged with "not using one's best efforts to win a match" and "conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport." Angry spectators jeered and booed the players after they appeared to deliberately serve into the net or hit the shuttlecock long or wide. They were allegedly attempting to manipulate the final standings in the first-round group stage, with two pairs who had already qualified apparently wanting to lose to secure a favourable draw in the next round.


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