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China shuttlers beat Korean pair and advance to Hong Kong Open semis

China's Wang Xiaooli and Yu Yang on their way to their quarterfinal victory over South Koreans Eom Hye-won and Jang Ye-na at the Hong Kong Open. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Former Olympic champion Yu Yang and her partner Wang Xiaoli put unhappy memories of London behind them as the two mainlanders stormed into the doubles semi-finals at the Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open.

Saturday, 24 November, 2012, 3:06am

Yu Yang eyes Hong Kong win after Olympic scandal

Yu Yang (left) and Wang Xiaoli

Top Chinese shuttler Yu Yang hopes to put this summer's Olympic Games controversy behind her after briefly becoming badminton's biggest talking point - for all the wrong reasons.

The women's doubles specialist arrived to compete in Hong Kong last night with her partner Wang Xiaoli, the day after they clinched the China Open title in Shanghai.

20 Nov 2012 - 10:26am


It is not all about winning gold

Television coverage of the London Olympics has attracted a massive worldwide audience, fascinated by the intense contests between the competing nations.

However, I wonder if we have forgotten the true meaning of the Games. Too often, it seems, fans only care about those who have won medals.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:11pm

Blame to share in badminton row

The match-throwing scandal involving two Chinese badminton champions and six other players in the Olympics has shocked China and the world alike. Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang were disqualified along with the others after they tried to lose in the round-robin stage to secure more favourable opponents in the knockout rounds.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

Media slams obsession with gold medals

Mainland media turned on the nation's state-run sports system in the aftermath of the match-throwing scandal at the London Olympics that saw star badminton players Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli disqualified.

Many commentaries blamed a fixation on accumulating Olympic gold as the cause for the players' performance on Wednesday during the women's doubles competition.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

Blame rulesmakers, not players, for badminton farce

Sometimes the best thing to do when facing a vexed issue is to take a step back and try to look at it again from a new perspective and distanced from emotion. The knee-jerk reaction to the badminton fiasco has been scorn heaped on the unfortunate athletes at the centre of the storm who have been labelled as unsportsmanlike and cheats.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

'Shuttlegate' eight bring sport into disrepute

On the Athlete's Wall inside the Olympic Park there is brown stone structure engraved with a famous line from the poem Ulysses by British poet Alfred Lord Tennyson. 'That which we are, we are; One equal temper of heroics hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will, To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield,' says the inscription, which cannot be missed given the large font.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm

Booted out of the Games, Yu Yang quits badminton

Chinese Olympic badminton champion Yu Yang says she is quitting the sport after being disqualified from the London Games in a match-throwing scandal.

'This is my last competition. Goodbye Badminton World Federation, goodbye my beloved badminton,' Yu, 26, wrote on her microblog.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm

Football mired in controversy, on and off the pitch

Hong Kong's football community was mired in trouble and scandal long before yesterday's ICAC investigation into the Hong Kong under-21 team's 2-1 loss to Russia at Mong Kok Stadium.

17 Nov 2011 - 12:00am