LONDON — The IOC could take further action against eight badminton players disqualified for discrediting their sport by trying to lose. They could even be kicked out of the Olympics entirely.
IOC President Jacques Rogge supported the decision by the international badminton federation to disqualify the four women’s doubles teams from South Korea, China and Indonesia, but he said he could still intervene “if needed.”
While the players have already been disqualified from the competition, the IOC has the power to formally expel athletes from the Olympics, strip their accreditations and kick them out of the athletes village.
The doubles teams – the top-seeded pair from China, two pairs from South Korea and one from Indonesia – deliberately conceded points in an apparent attempt to lose their round-robin matches to secure a more favorable spot in the next round. Fans booed when it become clear they were trying to lose.
The eight disqualified players are: world doubles champions Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang, of China; South Korean pairs Jung Kyun-eun and Kim Ha-na, and Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung; and Indonesia’s Meiliana Jauhari and Greysia Polii.
ROMNEY’S HORSE: Rarely has an Olympic dressage horse received as much attention as Rafalca.
The 15-year-old, German-bred mare is part-owned by Mitt Romney’s wife.
Ann Romney is expected to attend Rafalca’s Olympic debut, which gets under way today with the Grand Prix dressage test.
HIGH-WIRE ACT: Some are calling it the best moment at the Olympics so far: London Mayor Boris Johnson stuck on a zip wire.
Crowds who gathered at a London park to watch the games on live screens and enjoy a fun fair were delighted when the mayor provided a comic sideshow.
Johnson was trying out a zip line that was 148 feet high and 1,050 feet long. It was an unlucky first time: The mayor lost momentum about three-quarters of the way across, leaving him dangling from his harness about 33 feet above ground for a few minutes. Staff at the park eventually pulled him to safety.
BICYCLIST KILLED: An Olympic media bus hit and killed a bicyclist Wednesday night on the edge of the Olympic Park in east London, police and organizers said.
London’s Metropolitan Police say the 30-year-old cyclist was pronounced dead about 30 minutes after the 7:45 p.m. accident.