If the object of competing in the Olympics is to win a gold medal, weren't the women's badminton players who attempted to tank their matches Tuesday trying harder and working smarter toward that goal than if they attempted to win?
Everyone praises swimmers who conserve energy and thereby don't finish first in preliminary rounds. What's so different about what the badminton players did? Their incentive a favorable matchup in a subsequent round was juicier, just more obvious.
Blame the round-robin format, started this year, for opening the door. And if the door is open, somebody is going to walk through.
Insist on a format under which teams always benefit by winning. No fuss, no muss.
Instead, eight suspended athletes doing their best to win gold were wronged, as were the understandably unhappy fans paying to watch real competition.
Tonight's prime time
Ch. 3, 8 p.m.-midnight
Gymnastics: Women's all-around final
Swimming: Finals in men's 200 individual medal and 200 backstroke, women's 100 freestyle and 200 breaststroke
Beach volleyball: U.S. men vs. Czech Republic
Rowing: Women's eight final
Scott Weltz, Davis, swimming: The UC Davis graduate finished fifth in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:09.02.
Alyssa Anderson, Granite Bay, swimming: Though she didn't swim in the final of the 4x200 freestyle relay, she earned a gold medal with her 1:56.33 performance in the third leg of the morning heats.
Team G S B T
China 17 9 4 30
U.S. 12 8 9 29
Japan 2 4 11 17
France 5 3 5 13
Germany 3 8 2 13
What's your take on the suspended women's badminton players?
Losing intentionally is never acceptable.
If there's a format under which losing is beneficial, losing is justified.
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