First, there was the NBA with referees who were gambling on games.  Then, there was the whole Penn State mess.  Now, in a revelation that is certain to shatter irrevocably your faith in sports, it turns out that international badminton is rigged.  From USA Today:

The Badminton World Federation confirms it has disqualified eight female badminton players from China, South Korea and Indonesia from the Olympics doubles competition for trying to lose matches to receive a more favorable draw.  The federation found the players guilty of “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” in matches Tuesday night.

Players were roundly booed after they appeared not to exert themselves in preliminary rounds of the round-robin tournament before they were set to move on to elimination competition.

To me, this begs the obvious question:…

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