Taiwan vows to bring justice to disqualified athlete

Pressmeddelande   •   Nov 19, 2010 11:47 CET

Taipei, Nov. 19 (CNA) Taiwan said Friday that it will stand behind one of its taekwondo athletes who was disqualified in controversial fashion at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China and fight to restore her reputation.

Yang Shu-chun, one of Taiwan's top gold medal hopefuls at the games, was disqualified during her opening bout in the women's under 49 kilogram division when the chief referee ruled that she had extra sensors in her electronic socks, in violation of the rules.

In a news conference Friday led by Vice Premier Sean Chen, the government played video footage from Yang's bout Wednesday showing that she removed the sensors in question before the action began and did not have them on during the bout.

It also showed that after Yang was called over for an inspection with 12 seconds left in the first round of her bout, a taekwondo referee went to the other side of the mat to pick up the two sensors that had been previously discarded and brought them back to the chief referee, who eventually made the decision to disqualify Yang.

It is believed that it was those sensors that World Taekwondo Federation Secretary-General Yang Jin-suk showed the media Thursday when explaining in more detail why Yang Shu-chun was disqualified.

Chen said the government is prepared to file a complaint on the matter with the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) , if the athlete involved and Taiwan's taekwondo association give their consent to the move. (By Lilian Wu) enditem/ls