If someone were to ask me what sport I found the most corrupt I would choose one with a lot of physical contact. Maybe football, hockey, boxing or even soccer. But, according to a post released by Vice Sports and Le Express the answer is badminton.
Yes, you read correctly badminton. A sport that I used to play as a kid on the beach, the ball with the funny net on it, called a “birdie,” that flies using a racket. Basically, it’s tennis on red bull with birthed wings.
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Now, my second question was what do they mean by corrupt? Was it because of something like drugs or dangerous items that could be placed in the birdie to hurt one’s opponent.
Okay, maybe I’m getting too creative with this.
Or is it the instances of fraud through manipulating game outcomes in sports betting and/or the athletes who use sports enhancing drugs. Lance Armstrong anyone?
Ding, ding, ding. We have a winner.
The speculations started with a rise of faulty actions: 1) failed drug tests and 2) the rise of match fixing.
Replace Lance Armstrong and insert Olympian and top badminton player Lee Chong Wei who failed a drug test. Although Wei represents the rising popularity of badminton in China, it looks like the sport is also being tampered with amongst European athletes.
Vice Sports reports on the issue of match fixing:
In June, during the Japan Open, two Danish players were approached and offered north of 2,500 Euros to fix matches. The alleged fixer was Malaysian. The two players, Kim Astrup Sorenson and Hans Kristian Vittinghus, both reported the incident to authorities. 2,500 Euros might not be a lot of money, but the implications are huge. Vittinghus is the world’s 10th ranked singles player.
The good news is that France has started blocking sports betting sites and the ethics committee of Badminton has been trying to control it.
But, let us see how this will solve match fixing and the use of performance enhancing drugs. Can we really take out the bad in badminton?
To read the full study in French, go to L’Express or Vice Sports for the story in English.