Trackfan310 wrote:With the badminton controvery and disqualifications, and track coming up tomorrow, it made me wonder.........whats the difference between what the Badmiton players did, and what often happens in Track (and other sports for that matter)
In Track, it is expected that Athletes will run only as fast as necessary to qualify. Jumpers will make a height or distance and then give up the rest of their available jumps if they are safely in the next round.
I think there are significant differences here. In qualifying rounds, there is not really "winning" and "losing", there is qualifying and not qualifying. In fact, in determining win streaks, we don't count losses in qualifying unless the athlete doesn't advance. After the first round, higher positions get the choice of better lanes, so there is built-in incentive.
I don't understand why it was advantageous, or perceived to be so, for these teams to lose games in order to not be top-seeded in the next round. What I read sounds like they match lower seeds with each other. This is totally contrary to the way it works in US professional/college sports -- the highest seed plays the lowest seed, next-highest -- next-lowest, and so on. It seems to me that the rules for this badminton round-robin were set up bass-ackwards.
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