Chinese badminton player alleges she was ordered to lose Sydney 2000 semi-final

August 27, 2022

Former badminton world number one Ye Zhaoying has claimed that she was ordered to lose her women’s singles semi-final against Chinese compatriot Gong Zhichao at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Ye had progressed to the tournament’s final four while Denmark’s Camilla Martin and Dai Yun, also of China, were due to meet in the second semi-final.

As Ye and top seed Gong were playing first, Chinese officials wanted the best chance of securing the gold medal and decided that the latter was most likely to beat Martin should the Dane reach the final. ITG