Back to badminton, but of course, your analogy is taken. If money (or the supposed lack of it) is the problem, the answer is simple: play more tournaments! If Gold medals are at the centre of the issue, and you need to manipulate your team structure to ensure you get the guys you want in at the starting block, then you have no right to whine about the money. If you get thrown out of BWF because of consistent manipulation and abuse of the system, you have no one to blame but yourself. If you are a top China player and want to play badminton (but have to "sacrifice" games) and want money, security, fame and are just not sure what will happen in another 2-3 years, the solution is simple: defect! All other players from all other countries want to make money. They make money. They also work their butts off every day, with much less than the resources the CBA provides for its players. They do not throw matches; or make pathetic excuses; or make miraculous recoveries. As Hauge pointed out, maybe LD is just a pawn, a puppet. Fine. The point is, there is one body/association that is getting away with dishonesty and unethical maneuvering, and some people try to say its for their national glory; then for more money; then for their uncle's retirement fund. Please choose one excuse and stay with it. Can you guys manage even that?