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Taipei City: Taekwondo athlete might retract appeal over disqualification

Taipei City: Taekwondo athlete might retract appeal over disqualification

A Taiwanese taekwondo athlete who has filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against her disqualification at the 2010 Asian Games will decide next week whether to go ahead with the appeal or drop the plan, an insider familiar with the matter said yesterday.

"Yang Shu-chun will discuss the issue with her coach Liu Tsung-ta and is likely to come up with a final decision on whether she will continue seeking to have the CAS hear her case or simply withdraw her application for arbitration," Chinese Taipei Taekwondo Association (CTTA) Chairman Chen Chien-ping said.

According to Chen, Yang has taken many factors into consideration and her prime concern is to avoid undermining other athletes' chances of competing in international competitions.

"It is understood that the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) will first suspend the CTTA once the case enters the CAS arbitration process, and this would hugely affect other athletes' rights and interests," he said.

"However, we will fully respect Yang's decision," he said.

Yang was banned from competition for three months by the WTF Dec. 21 for refusing to leave the mat after being disqualified in her opening round bout in the games for allegedly wearing two extra electronic sensors on her socks. Yang was enjoying a 9-0 lead at that point, and replays of the match show that she had removed the two extra sensors before entering the ring.

Updated : 2021-07-25 22:05 GMT+08:00