Several badminton teams have been disqualified from Olympic competition after it was determined that they were throwing preliminary matches in order to receive a more favorable draw in the tournament.
With the current format, the teams are split into several 4-team groups, and the top 2 teams from each group advance to the tournament after round robin play.
If one of the higher ranked teams doesn't win their group and finishes 2nd, they'll end up playing the 1st place team in another group. That first place team suddenly would have a much tougher opponent than their 2nd place counterpart.
Because of this, several teams have tried to lose matches intentionally in order to avoid facing some of the elite teams.
Also, in some cases, two teams from the same country could face each other in the early rounds of the tournament, which China was in jeopardy of, so they tried to lose in order to face the other Chinese team in the final, instead.
After an investigation, several teams were disqualified from the tournament, and rightfully so.
Clearly there is a problem with the format, because it should never be advantageous to lose. That's just common sense.
For now, 2 South Korean teams and teams from Indonesia and China have been disqualified, opening the door for previously eliminated teams from Russia, Canada, Australia and South Africa.
In case you're wondering what it looks like when someone tries to throw a badminton match, here you go:
Video H/T: CBS
Badminton scandal eliminates several olympic teams