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South Korea's Suspended Olympic badminton players appeal

The scandal of attempting to throw matches at the London Olympics prompts Chinese badminton star Yu Yang to quit the sport

AFP, Tuesday 21 Aug 2012

Four South Korean badminton players who were suspended for trying to throw matches at the London Olympics have appealed their penalties, the Badminton Korea Association said Tuesday.

The body said the players -- Jung Kyung-Eun, Kim Ha-Na, Ha Jung-Eun and Kim Min-Jung -- have contested a two-year suspension proposed by the association's disciplinary committee.

The committee plans to make its final decision on Wednesday.

Coach Sung Han-Kook and assistant coach Kim Moon-Soo have received lifetime bans from coaching. Kim appealed the ban while Sung accepted his penalty.

Eight women's doubles players from South Korea, Indonesia and China were disqualified for trying to lose matches, in dismal scenes that have prompted an investigation into players and coaches for other possible breaches.

The scandal prompted Chinese badminton star Yu Yang to quit the sport.

Badminton World Federation president Kang Young-Joong has brushed off suggestions the scandal may have put its Olympic future at risk.

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