ASIAN GAMES - GUANGZHOU 201012

Electronic socks used by taekwondo athlete acceptable: agent

The electronic socks used by a Taiwanese taekwondo athlete who was disqualified at the Asian Games were certified for use in the competition and not barred in July, as had been reported, the local agent of the manufacturer said Friday.


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Budomart (Taiwan), which supplies electronic socks made by South Korea-based Lajust to Taiwan’s taekwondo team, said that according to the World Taekwondo Federation’s (WTF’s) website, both old and new models can be used at official taekwondo events until May 17, 2012.

After Taiwan’s Yang Shu-chun was disqualified from the Asian Games on Wednesday for using extra sensors in her electronic socks, some media reported that the old version of the socks had been banned from competitions since July.

The older version of the footgear has sensors that adhere to the surface of the sock while in the new version, the sensors are sewn into the sock.

Budomart stressed in its statement that the WTF has sent messages to its members saying that certified Lajust brand electronic socks, even if they are old models, can continue to be used.

It said the electronic socks made by Lajust have been certified by the Asian Taekwondo Union for use in all World Taekwondo Federation competitions, including the ongoing Asian Games.

On claims by WTF officials that Yang added electronic sensors to her heels, Budomart said the old model socks have an extra sensor pad on the heel, which can be seen in the instruction booklet provided with the footgear.

On Thursday, WTF Secretary-General Yang Jin-suk said at a press conference in Guangzhou that Lajust had never made a product with a sensor on the back of the shoe and accused Yang of trimming other pads to fit the heel location.

The manufacturer’s representative also said that out of 12 pairs of electronic socks supplied to Taiwan’s athletes, Yang and Huang Hsien-yung, who won a gold medal at the Asian Games, used the old models, while the other 10 used the new ones.

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Source: Focus Taiwan (By Oscar Wu and Lilian Wu)

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I think Yang unknowingly wore the socks into the match. But that’s not an excuse if the sensors were the wrong type or was an extra. Really doesn’t matter if the match was halted before or during the match. Just bringing those socks to the games should be enough to be charged with attempt to cheat. That should disqualify her.

James M. Shih
Taiwan

I think Yang unknowingly wore the socks into the match. But that’s not an excuse if the sensors were the wrong type or was an extra. Really doesn’t matter if the match was halted before or during the match. Just bringing those socks to the games should be enough to be charged with attempt to cheat. That should disqualify her.

James M. Shih
Taiwan

Kenneth: Still, Americans did not attack children. You Taiwanese are verily the lowest of the low … and cowards; you cannot beat up full grown Korean men. LOL. Never heard of a Korean man getting beaten up by a Chinese. The idea is quite laughable actually.

Kenneth: Still, Americans did not attack children. You Taiwanese are verily the lowest of the low … and cowards; you cannot beat up full grown Korean men. LOL. Never heard of a Korean man getting beaten up by a Chinese. The idea is quite laughable actually.

What a shame. Korean is saying their own product(South Korea-based Lajust) not legal. Such an ironic speech. Perhaps Korean made illegal products to the world so they can disqualify other competitors when needed?

It is a shame about throwing eggs on Korean school at Taiwan. That is not a proper way to express the anger for sure. I remember how American used to throw eggs at some middle-east people after 9/11 and how Chinese destroy Japanese cars and products on the street when there was conflict with Japan.

What a shame. Korean is saying their own product(South Korea-based Lajust) not legal. Such an ironic speech. Perhaps Korean made illegal products to the world so they can disqualify other competitors when needed?

It is a shame about throwing eggs on Korean school at Taiwan. That is not a proper way to express the anger for sure. I remember how American used to throw eggs at some middle-east people after 9/11 and how Chinese destroy Japanese cars and products on the street when there was conflict with Japan.

@baiyaan People are angry. They do stupid things when they’re angry.

Nevertheless I fail to see what you’re trying to bring here. Wanna comment on what you think about the socks? How about a yes or no answer to whether she cheated?

Probably not because we all know you’re trying to divert attention LOL.

@baiyaan People are angry. They do stupid things when they’re angry.

Nevertheless I fail to see what you’re trying to bring here. Wanna comment on what you think about the socks? How about a yes or no answer to whether she cheated?

Probably not because we all know you’re trying to divert attention LOL.

Taiwanese throwing eggs on Korean schools in Taiwan just show what kind of small people these Taiwanese are. There have been many anti-American and anti-Japanese protests in Korea, but even they did not attack American or Japanese children.

Simply disgusting.

Taiwanese throwing eggs on Korean schools in Taiwan just show what kind of small people these Taiwanese are. There have been many anti-American and anti-Japanese protests in Korea, but even they did not attack American or Japanese children.

Simply disgusting.