This is a very gray area for me. On one side you should somewhat blame the tournament design, designers, etc. On the other hand, this is the freakin OLYMPICS - people should be giving it 200% all the time to represent their country. They have the entire world watching and should be setting a good example for every kid in every country - especially in terms of sportsmanship.
On the other hand, THIS IS THE FREAKIN' OLYMPICS - to win gold you need to train hard, compete hard, be mentally and physically at your best and strategize the fuck out of the competition in order to get that medal. The swimmers do it with pacing every race. Or this -
The coach of Japan women’s Olympic soccer team acknowledged that it intentionally avoided scoring in its third and final group game, a 0-0 draw with winless South Africa on Wednesday, according to The Independent. -from here
Japan would have won its four-team group with a victory. But a draw put it in second, just enough to qualify for the knockout stage.
Japan’s coach says he did it to ensure the team didn’t travel across the United Kingdom. Second place meant it would start the knockout round in Cardiff, Wales, where the squad already was. The winner of Group F, in contrast, will play its first knockout game in Scotland.
However, you also need to keep in mind that they really tried to outlose themselves. I read somewhere that they were playing so obviously horribly that the entire crowd was booing, the longest rally was only 4 passes, and they were just hitting the ball into the net. I think that is where the problem comes in. Swimmers still work their tight little asses off and it is intense. It is competitive. It is worthy of the Olympics. This was obviously not.
Also, the little Chinese whiny bitch can kiss my ass. Ragequitting the sport like a 11 year old emo child on the internet. Really?!