South Korea’s Shin A-lam made headlines recently when she refused to leave the arena after losing her semi-finals showdown to Germany's Britta Heidemann. Why was she so adamant in her refusal to accept the loss? Because, in her view, a final shot that Heidemann landed with one second remaining shouldn’t have counted. She appealed the loss, but her appeal was overruled.
Two teams from South Korea, one team from Indonesia and one team from China were booted from the 2012 Games for purposely throwing their matches in order to ensure better seeding. Appeals to reverse the decision were denied.
Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen, 16, was basically accused of doping by the head of the World Swimming Association when she set a world record in the 400-meter individual medley. She logged a faster time in the last 50 meters of that race than Ryan Lochte did in his. China has rejected the notion that their young star is doping.
Some have speculated that a boxing match between Japan's Satoshi Shimizu and Azerbaijan's Magomed Abdulhamidov was rigged given all of the irregularities we repeatedly saw throughout. Among the irregularities: ignored knockdowns, refusing to administer counts, etc. Abdulhamidov won originally, but Japan eventually filed a successful appeal.
The U.S. Men’s basketball team defeated Nigeria by 83 points, 156-73. Some suggested that perhaps the Americans were trying to embarrass their Nigerian counterparts by running up the score.