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女子拳擊不是倫奧唯一的新比賽項目，還有坦克。什麼是坦克？ to purposely lose a match, because of poor mental game or others; or to purposely lose a non-vital set, so as to focus energy and attention on a match-deciding set
那天羽毛球場上，先是中國隊，接著韓國隊，然後印尼隊，都在設法輸球 – 就像骨牌效應，一個一個倒下，群眾大聲譴責。 如果不是奧運這麼重要的競賽，那個畫面看來也許有趣。
翻譯： pearlz 作者： Ross Brundrett
Tanking has become the unofficial new discipline of these Games, and hasn't that set the cat among the pigeons ... or should that be the shuttlecock among the badminton players?
Who'd have thought it would ever come to this at the Olympics? Athletes deliberately setting out to lose. But not Australians.
No, if we wanted to go down that path we would have sent the Melbourne Football Club over to the Games.
Of course there were some predictable jokesters suggesting that our men's 100m relay team in the swimming may have tanked, but this was no gagging matter.
Playing dead at the Olympics was enough to make purists curl up their toes.
There was loud condemnation from the crowd at the badminton stadium when first a Chinese pair, and then the South Koreans and the Indonesians all tried to lose - like the domino effect, they were all falling over - which might have been funny if it wasn't so important, being the Olympics 'n' all.
The trouble for the spectators was that watching badminton is a not breathtaking at the best of times, so watching badminton players tanking was a bit like watching rhythm gymnastics without the cheesy music.
Surreal, but not in a good way.
Not since the days of Australian rower "Lay Down Sally" had so much furore erupted over an athlete downing tools.
Outraged observers said it ran afoul of the Olympic charter of the pursuit of athletic excellence, which might come as news to many nations who thought the Olympic charter was "get the gold whatever the cost".
Indeed, that's what the tanking badminton players were chasing, when it was all said and done.
They, or their coaches, decided that their best chances of continuing success in the tournament was to lose a match and thereby dodge a bullet in the next round against a powerful rival - which, of course, is a cynical approach but could be considered a tactical manoeuvre to gain the end prize, which is the gold medal.
The poor old Chinese must be thinking they are damned if they do, damned if they don't.
First, 16-year-old swimming sensation Ye Shiwen gets a grilling for trying too hard to win (with implications from some malcontents that she is taking performance-enhancing drugs), and now a couple of their badminton girls are sent packing for not trying hard enough.
What next? Maybe the next drug scandal in sport will be focused on athletes taking "go slow" drugs, like Nitrazepam, the sleeping tablet that is said to decrease physical performance.
It's a terrible business, and the worst thing now is that the doubters will wonder just how widespread this tanking business is. I mean, is Usain Bolt really the fastest man alive or are the other guys just making him look good?
That's what happens when the "T" word becomes a part of sport.
Of course, it infiltrated other elite sports events years ago.
In tennis, players with too much money and not enough pride have long been accused of tanking to catch an early flight or some such reason, and in football in both the US and Australia it has reached farcical levels with teams trying to lose late in the season and get priority draft picks of the best young talent.
Last year in the NFL, some supporters openly supported their teams losing so they could get the draft pick for a red-hot quarterback prospect named Andrew Luck. They even instigated a campaign called "Suck For Luck". There's something wrong in sport when that happens, surely.
Same story in the AFL as long ago as 2007, when Carlton and Melbourne contested what was dubbed the Kreuzer Cup, with Carlton ultimately losing - and winning the prized draft pick of the year, Matthew Kreuzer.
Mind you, the AFL doesn't help the situation by refusing to see the under-performing elephant in the room. At least the Olympic officials waved the black flag of disqualification.
The good news is that AFL boss Andrew Demetriou is over in London for the Games. Sports lovers can only hope he spent a bit of time at the badminton.
Ross Brundrett is a Herald Sun journalist
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