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Former taekwondo group boss appears at hearing

Staff Writer, with CNA

Former Chinese Taipei Taekwondo Association (CTTA) chairman Chen Chien-ping (陳建平) attended a hearing at the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday to answer questions in a slander suit filed by his successor over allegations involving Yang Shu-chun (楊淑君), a rising taekwondo star.

Chen was subpoenaed as a defendant after he was sued by CTTA chairman Angus Hsu (許安進) for slander. He had accused Hsu of coercing the 26-year-old Yang to withdraw her appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over her disqualification from the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, on Nov. 17 last year.

After the 20-minute hearing, Chen told the media: “I have proof, which I have presented to the prosecutor,” but added that since the judicial procedure has begun, it would be improper for him to speak publicly about the case.

Asked whether the case might affect Yang’s training since she could also be summoned for questioning, Chen told reporters to ask Yang herself.

Hsu filed the suit on Aug. 2 after he was accused of pressuring Yang to withdraw her CAS appeal last month.

Yang filed the appeal in December, after she was disqualified for allegedly wearing extra electronic sensors during a bout. Video footage apparently shows she had removed the sensors before entering the ring.

The World Taekwondo Federation ruled in December that Yang should be banned from taking part in any competition for three months, while her coach was banned from attending competitions for 20 months.

Her decision to withdraw the CAS appeal shocked her supporters and triggered rumors of coercion from the CTTA.

The prosecutors’ office said investigations had been launched into whether Chen defamed Hsu and whether Hsu threatened Yang.

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