GUANGZHOU 201020

Taiwan taekwondo athlete in Asian Games sock sensor row

A Taiwanese taekwondo competitor at the Asian Games has been disqualified after extra electronic sensors were found in her socks.


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The sensors detect when competitors score points by landing kicks and punches on their opponent’s body.

Additional sensors could make point-scoring easier.

Yang Shu-chun had been one of the favourites for the gold medal and says she is innocent. A Taiwan official said her disqualification was “unfair”.

Taiwan’s top sports body immediately voiced its concern over the ruling.

“The technical committee did not allow Taiwan’s team a chance to explain before making the decision and we regret the unfair ruling,” said the Sports Affairs Council.

The use of such sensors in the fighters’ socks was introduced to make judging more transparent.

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Judging controversy

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Yang Shu-chun was leading by 9-0 against her Vietnamese opponent Thi Hau Vu, when the match was halted.

The fight was for a place in the quarter-finals of the under 49kg (108lb) division.

Match officials said her footguards carried unauthorised extra electronic sensors behind the heel.

Ms Yang and her coach protested her innocence and both refused to leave the competition area.

Taiwan officials said the equipment had been previously approved.

“The footwear passed the original pre-match checks but during the match, when she was leading 9-0, the officials decided the footwear was unacceptable,” said Taiwan team official Tang Hui-ting.

“This kind of footwear is made by a major company and we have used it before in competition,” she said.

The World Taekwondo Federation defended its decision, saying the extra sensors had been removed from Ms Yang’s socks before the match, but had been fixed back on.

It is the first major judging controversy at the Asian Games, which is taking place in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.

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Source: BBC News ASIA-PACIFIC

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The player shouldn’t of got through inspection with that type of sock in the first place. IR inspestion should of changed socks.
What makes it worse is the fact that she didn’t have to tamper with her socks to win,she was a far better player anyway.
This may be the first disqualification but I can assure you this happened also in Denmark. Inspection at fault.

The player shouldn’t of got through inspection with that type of sock in the first place. IR inspestion should of changed socks.
What makes it worse is the fact that she didn’t have to tamper with her socks to win,she was a far better player anyway.
This may be the first disqualification but I can assure you this happened also in Denmark. Inspection at fault.

After this, I will never send my son to learn taekwondo
because it’s a dirty martial art.
All controlled by Korean.

After this, I will never send my son to learn taekwondo
because it’s a dirty martial art.
All controlled by Korean.

taekwondo planet tell a lie. this is the organization is a lie.
it seems to be one of the South Korea kitchen.
north Korea better than south Korea. At least they will not use bed way in
sport game.

taekwondo planet tell a lie. this is the organization is a lie.
it seems to be one of the South Korea kitchen.
north Korea better than south Korea. At least they will not use bed way in
sport game.

according to the video above,
after testing the kick from both players,
the refree seemed to find Yang’s sensors work abnormally, (1:11)
so he asked Yang to remove the sensors on her heels (1:25 to 1:50)
then both players get back to the field to start the 1st round game. (2:10)
only within a few minutes,
Yang dominated the game and scored 9 points.
12 secs before 1st round ends,
the refree suddenly stopped the game. (3:32)
technicians seemed to discuss about something while players were standing by
at the same time,
someone asked to check the sensors Yang already removed before the games (check the oringinal video here-> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdPcXA0AMMc)
after a few minutes,
they asked players get back to the field,
and refree quickly announced that Yang is disqualified due to using unqualified equipments(4:29)
this serious announcement was made w/o asking Taipei any question about these sensors.

this is unacceptable.
unless Yang wore another paired of illegal sensors,
she shouldn’t have been disqualified for the sensors she already removed before the game started.
pls spread this unfair game to ur friends.
help make our sports world clear and fair.

according to the video above,
after testing the kick from both players,
the refree seemed to find Yang’s sensors work abnormally, (1:11)
so he asked Yang to remove the sensors on her heels (1:25 to 1:50)
then both players get back to the field to start the 1st round game. (2:10)
only within a few minutes,
Yang dominated the game and scored 9 points.
12 secs before 1st round ends,
the refree suddenly stopped the game. (3:32)
technicians seemed to discuss about something while players were standing by
at the same time,
someone asked to check the sensors Yang already removed before the games (check the oringinal video here-> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdPcXA0AMMc)
after a few minutes,
they asked players get back to the field,
and refree quickly announced that Yang is disqualified due to using unqualified equipments(4:29)
this serious announcement was made w/o asking Taipei any question about these sensors.

this is unacceptable.
unless Yang wore another paired of illegal sensors,
she shouldn’t have been disqualified for the sensors she already removed before the game started.
pls spread this unfair game to ur friends.
help make our sports world clear and fair.

Clearly we can see from the video that the two extra sensors has already been removed BEFORE the competition starts. After she removed the two extra sensors, they let her to start the game. Doesn’t this declare enough that the socks or the equipment of the Taiwanese player qualify the rule??!! Why you propose such accusation against after she gained so many points? Just because she gained a lots of points doesn’t mean that she cheats!!!

Clearly we can see from the video that the two extra sensors has already been removed BEFORE the competition starts. After she removed the two extra sensors, they let her to start the game. Doesn’t this declare enough that the socks or the equipment of the Taiwanese player qualify the rule??!! Why you propose such accusation against after she gained so many points? Just because she gained a lots of points doesn’t mean that she cheats!!!

here is the video of whole thing at

at around 2:40
it shows clearly the extra sensors were not fixed back on before match got started

Timeline:
2:28 the sensors were removed.
2:46 coach throws those extra sensor under his chair.
3:07 the umpire allows the game to start with other umpires’ agreement.
5:44 the guy wearing the suit took a look at Yang’s feet.
6:28 the guy wearing the suit ask the umpire to get those two sensors for him.
6:46 the guy wearing the suit got the sensors from the umpire.

Not only should the association admit that they had made a horrible mistake, but also they should apologize to the the player and her coach for the wrong accusation.

here is the video of whole thing at

at around 2:40
it shows clearly the extra sensors were not fixed back on before match got started

Timeline:
2:28 the sensors were removed.
2:46 coach throws those extra sensor under his chair.
3:07 the umpire allows the game to start with other umpires’ agreement.
5:44 the guy wearing the suit took a look at Yang’s feet.
6:28 the guy wearing the suit ask the umpire to get those two sensors for him.
6:46 the guy wearing the suit got the sensors from the umpire.

Not only should the association admit that they had made a horrible mistake, but also they should apologize to the the player and her coach for the wrong accusation.