What is meaning of term ‘Tanking’?

We play any sport to try and win, right? Not by everyone and not always. While you might be thinking about match fixing in sports, we are actually talking about tanking.

Tanking in sports corresponds to the practice by a team or an individual to intentionally do less than everything they can to win. The logic behind tanking usually revolves around future gains. While a team finishing last in some leagues (think basketball, American football) might get a first draft for a new player next season, individuals (think tennis, badminton) might be tanking in order to conserve energy in order to perform better in the next phase of the game. Tanking is mostly frowned upon by players, pundits, and fans and is even sometimes referred to as a disgraceful art and not sporting.

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