Badminton doubles pairs face match-throwing probe

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LONDON (AP) -- Badminton authorities have launched disciplinary proceedings against four women's doubles pairs for appearing to try and lose their matches at the London Olympics to secure a favorable draw.

Britain's Press Association says the Badminton World Federation issued a statement confirming the players face charges of "not using one's best efforts to win a match" and "conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport."

The federation did not respond to emails and phone calls late at night from The Associated Press seeking confirmation of the charges.

It was not immediately clear what sanctions the players, from China, South Korea and Indonesia, could face.