Tue, Nov 23, 2010 - Page 1 News List

Yang Shu-chun receives hero’s welcome

SHOW OF SUPPORT:Several other Asian Games athletes arrived back home with Yang, including some medal winners, but the focus of the media and the crowd was on her

By Shelley Shan, Shih Hsiu-chuan and Flora Wang  /  Staff reporters, with staff writer

Asked about the current anti-South Korea sentiment in the country, Yang said people shouldn’t blame South Koreans for the disqualification.

“It might be because the presidents of the ATU [Asian -Taekwondo Union] and the WTF [World Taekwondo Federation] are South Koreans, but the two organizations are both international organizations,” Yang said.

Yang said one of Taiwan’s coaches is South Korean and “taught us a lot.”

In related news, the legal firm hired by the Executive Yuan to handle the nation’s case over Yang’s disqualification said that instead of taking the case to the -Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport, Taipei should file a defamation and forgery lawsuit against WFT secretary-general Yang Jin-suk in Guangzhou.

Lawyers from the firm Lee and Li (理律法律事務所) said international arbitration was slow and that filing directly in Guangzhou would expedite the process and avoid undermining the chances of Taiwanese taekwondo athletes participating in the 2012 Olympics.

Over the weekend the government decided to take legal action after a Korean Games official disqualified Yang for allegedly wearing illegal sensors on her socks. Video footage of the match revealed that the sensors were not attached to her socks during the bout against a Vietnamese opponent.

Yang’s disqualification triggered a wave of anti-Korean sentiment, with calls for a boycott of South Korean products and the egging of a Korean school in Taipei on Saturday. Two of the principal individuals involved in the disqualification were Korean or of Korean descent.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Timothy Yang (楊進添) said the ministry had instructed its representative office in Seoul to remind Taiwanese expatriates to keep a lowprofile when speaking about the disqualification in the wake of reports of Taiwanese being treated unkindly in South Korean.

Meanwhile, police confirmed that a 53-year-old man was arrested yesterday morning for allegedly throwing eggs at the Korean Elementary School in Taipei City’s Wanhua District (萬華). The man, surnamed Chien (簡), was detained as he was throwing eggs through the school gate police said. He reportedly told officers at the Wanhua Police Department that he was irate at South Korea over the disqualification.

Chien said he was not aiming the eggs at the school’s pupils and had never thought of hurting them. He also reportedly admitted throwing eggs at the Taipei Korean School on Saturday. He could face defamation charges if the school sues him.

In other developments, a Netizen posted an article on his Web site that questioned whether the Web site of the South Korea-based ATU was blocking access from Taiwan through a firewall.

Access to the ATU Web site from Taiwan has been failing since a hacker allegedly from Taiwan targeted the Web site a day after Yang’s disqualification, showing a digitally created picture with a middle finger pointing upward between the national flags of the People’s Republic of China and South Korea.

The Netizen, who identified himself as Gordon, said he tested connections to the ATU Web site through Web site monitoring services and found that only from Taiwan failed while connections made from other 14 sources were successful.

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