As anyone following the Olympics on even a casual basis knows, a few days ago four badminton teams were disqualified for trying to intentionally lose matches in order to improve their position in subsequent rounds. They were shown the dreaded “black card”.
At first, I was not going to write anything, then a British cyclist intentionally crashed half-way through a team race on the velodrome, which entitled the team a chance to restart. On the “do over” the team, indeed, had a superior time. There was no disqualification. Then today, a runner was disqualified for not running hard enough in a qualifying heat, it being reported he was “saving himself” for another event in which he was entered. So, … Read More