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Taekwondo medalist appeals lollipop disqualification at London Olympics

Staff writer, with CNA

The Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC) confirmed on Wednesday that Olympic taekwondo gold medalist Chu Mu-yen (朱木炎) has appealed a decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes’ Commission last month to drop him from a commission election.

The appeal was filed with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the committee said.

The commission announced on Aug. 11 that Chu was removed from the list of candidates for a seat on the commission to represent athletes’ interests in the Olympic Games organization, after he allegedly handed out lollipops to athletes ahead of the vote.

Chu said at the time that he had not given out any candy to Olympic athletes and had made this clear to the IOC Election Committee after he received a warning letter from the committee on July 26 over the matter.

He said he did not receive any further notices on the matter until the election results were announced and he was informed that he had been removed as a candidate.

The arbitration court said in a statement on Tuesday that it had received an appeal filed by Chu and a similar one filed by Japanese hammer thrower Koji Murofushi.

Murofushi was pulled from the election for allegedly using his iPad to explain the rules of the election to an athlete in the Olympic Village.

The Associated Press later reported that Chu and Murofushi had finished in the top four in the committee election.

The arbitration court said the appellants would be given an opportunity to file an appeal brief and “the IOC will be invited to file an answer.”

A hearing may take place later and the full procedure is expected to take four months, it said.

CTOC secretary-general Kevin Chen (陳國儀) said the arbitration court will decide whether the appeals can be accepted for arbitration, after the appellants hand in appeal briefs and the court receives an answer from the IOC.

All athletes participating in the London Olympics were eligible to vote in the election to choose four commission members from among 21 candidates. The election rules do not allow gifts or the display of anything related to the candidacy.

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