Indonesia lifts ban on Olympic badminton pair

Jakarta: The Indonesian Badminton Association on Saturday lifted a ban on its leading women`s doubles pair over the play-to-lose scandal that shocked the badminton fraternity at the 2012 London Olympics.

Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari were kicked out of the games along with the Chinese world champions and two South Korean teams for trying to lose group matches intentionally in order to gain an easier path through the later stages.

The two Indonesian players were banned with their coach Paulus Firman in September for four months from all national and international tournaments.

The suspension was cut down to three months on October 22 after the players expressed remorse for their actions.

"They well aware of their mistake and eager to defend the red and white," PBSI secretary general Koesdarto Pramono said, referring to the country`s national flag.

The South Korean teams had their lifetime bans reduced on appeal to six months by their badminton officials. Yu Yang, half of China`s banned team and a 2008 Olympic gold medallist, decided to retire after the incident.