Ideals, reality clash at Olympic badminton
In sports, as in life there are those who bend rules, and those who cheat. They've always excited. And because of human frailties and pressure from sponsors, countries, coaches and athletes themselves for medals and trophies, they always will. But bending rules and spitting on them is not the same thing.
Olympic ideals of fair play, sportsmanship and all of that are just that — an ideal. But the reality of the Olympic Games is that success is measured in gold, silver and bronze.
Be good sportsman if you can but, above all, win and we will give you a shiny medal. And because these are Olympic medals, they will bring fame and perhaps fortune, too. Winning medals changes lives. Being good sports alone rarely do. Sad, perhaps, but true.
Between the Olympics ideal and the Olympics reality is a trap that tight badminton players fell into at London 2012.
They didn't cheat. Instead, they fried to win — by deliberately trying to lose. They bent the rules to breaking point. But they didn't trample on them like doped sprinter Ben Johnson at the 1988 Seoul Olympics or Fred Lorz in 1904, the New Yorker who hitched a ride by car for much of the Olympics marathon and then ran over the finish line in first place. It's not like a boxer taking a dive or a soccer player scoring in his own goal to get a fat envelope from syndicate. Those are cheats, dammed cheats. The women badminton players from China, South Korea and Indonesia arc not.
What is the text about?
The achievement of Chinese, South Korean, and Indonesia badminton players in the London Olympics.
Bending the rules by deliberately trying to lose in order to win the game.
The practice of cheating by sprinter Ben Johnson in 1988.
Cheating and bending the rules in the London Olympics.
The common practice of cheating in sports.
Berdasarkan kalimat “Between the Olympic ideal and the Olympic reality is a trap that eight badminton players fell into at London 2012” yang terdapat pada paragraf ke-4, dapat diketahui bahwa awalnya paragraf tersebut menbahas tentang pentingnya meraih medali emas dalam pertandingan Olympics, lalu dilanjutkan pembahasan tentang permainan yang adil, tetapi kemudian kenyataan yang terjadi berbed karena banyaknya kecurangan yang terjadi dalam Olympic badminton di London tahun 2012 sehingga pilihan jawaban (D) adalah yang paling tepat.
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