Four Chinese badminton players have been punished for breaking anti-corruption rules by failing to try their best in a doubles match, the sport’s governing body said Friday.
He Ji Ting, Tan Qiang, Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen have been hit with three-month bans, but the sentences have been suspended for two years, the Badminton World Federation said.
If there are any repeat offenses within two years, the bans will take effect.
The rule-breaking took place at the Fuzhou China Open in 2018 when Li and Liu faced He and Tan in the quarterfinals of the men’s doubles.
Another player watching the game raised the alarm with officials due to suspicions that the doubles pairs were not making their best efforts to win the match.