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China Badminton Coach, Li Yongbo, Says 'It's Me To Blame' For Disqualification At London Olympics

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China's Chen Jin, right, is congratulated by head coach Li Yongbo after defeating Malaysia's Wong Choong Han during their semifinal match of the Thomas Cup badminton championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, May 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
China's Chen Jin, right, is congratulated by head coach Li Yongbo after defeating Malaysia's Wong Choong Han during their semifinal match of the Thomas Cup badminton championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, May 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

-- The coach of the Chinese badminton players who were disqualified for throwing a game says he is to blame.

"As the head coach, I owe the fans and the Chinese an apology," coach Li Yongbo said, according to a report by official Xinhua news agency. "Chinese players failed to demonstrate their fighting spirit of the national team. It's me to blame."

China's Olympic delegation also criticized the two players.

"The behavior by Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli on court violated the Olympics ideal and the spirit of fair play. The Chinese delegation feels distressed over this matter," Chinese Olympic delegation said in a statement released to Xinhua.

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