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8 Badminton Stars Booted for Playing to Lose

Women's doubles matches descend into farce

(Newser) - Eight badminton players have been booted from the Games after being charged under the Olympics code of conduct with "not using their best efforts to win a match," reports the Telegraph . Players in the two women's doubles badminton matches were booed yesterday after what witnesses described as... More »

Badminton Orders Women to Wear Skirts

Sport is desperate to boost TV ratings

(Newser) - Women across the professional badminton community are outraged over a decree that female players must wear a skirt or dress to play. The Badminton World Federation wants to create a more "attractive presentation"—which critics interpret to mean it wants women to look sexier to boost a waning... More »

Iran Rebuffs US Badminton Team's Shuttle Diplomacy

Invited team denied visas in mystifying move

(Newser) - Iran has refused entry to US women badminton players invited to play in an international tournament marking the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution. The eight athletes and four coaches and managers were denied visas in a move that has mystified the Obama administration, reports the Washington Post. "This... More »

5 Obscure Olympic Pursuits

For some countries, Beijing is about judo, handball and badminton

(Newser) - Basketball, Speedo-wearing athletes and gymnastics floor routines might be the toast of NBC on this side of the ocean, but lesser-known Olympic disciplines will drive other nations to the edge of their collective seat, reports Time. Here are five:
  1. Badminton: Responsible for Indonesia's lone gold, the sport with 125-mph backhand
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