At 8/8/12 02:20 PM, Haggard wrote:
At 8/8/12 08:06 AM, Coop wrote:
He was reinstated on appeal to the 1,500m and won gold, convincingly. Hell, if you're going to ban him and the badminton players for not using their best efforts, why not ban Usain Bolt 4 years ago, for easing off in the 100m final. Learn where to draw the damned line!Yeah, the "not using your best effort" is a nice thought, but you shouldn't disqualify anyone because of it. If Bolt is so damn fast, then why shouldn't he kind of walk over the finish line? It may be disrespectful to the other athletes, but come on.
The badminton players, however... it's not only that they didn't "try their best", they just cheated.
Right. The Algerian guy was reinstated after he got a Doctor to prove that he wasn't fit for the race he flunked on. There's a huge difference between the Badminton players and him in so much that they knew who they'd face in a one-on-one basis beforehand. That and the fact the referee of one the matches (didn't see them both) came out and warned them over their behaviour and they ignored him. They were fully fit and just gently tapping the shuttlecock at the net on serve - there's no way that you can compare the two. And as for Bolt, he'd already done enough to win the race.
Talking of unfair disqualification/relegation though, I really do feel for Victoria Pendleton. In the women's team sprint, I can understand them being disqualified, but in the first heat of the singles sprint final, that was a really horrible decision by the judges.
Anna Meares barged her off the left of the track, so to compensate she turned her wheel slightly to the right which put her out of the sprint lane (which she should have stuck in) temporarily. Given the other discretion the cycling judges gave some of the other competitors in the velodrome, I think that was unfair.
Granted, Meares did beat her fair and square in the second of the two heats, but the outcome might have been different if Pendleton hadn't been disqualified in the first heat. Oh well.