WTF may refuse to turn Yang’s case to int’l body

The China post news staff

The case of a Taiwanese taekwondo athlete’s controversial disqualification in the Asian Games took another turn yesterday as according to the Central News Agency (CNA) report, the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) may refuse to turn Yang Shu-chun’s case to the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) because the WTF does not recognize CAS’s jurisdiction over the case.

In answering an inquiry made by CNA reporter on whether the international arbitration body would accept Yang’s case if the WTF makes an request, Matthieu Reeb, secretary-general of the CAS said his institution had not receive such application so far. However, Reeb noted that it seems that the taekwondo federation does not recognize his court’s jurisdiction over any similar cases, said in the report. “To our understanding, the WTF does not admit that the CAS has jurisdiction over similar cases,” Reeb was quoted as making the comment in the report.

In other words, the WTF could very possibility refuse to turn over Yang’s case to the international arbitration body, the report said.

However, Reed also noted that if all parties involved in the case have agreed to make an appeal to the CAS and make their requests in paper statements, his court will then have jurisdiction over the case, the report said.

Meanwhile, Steven Chen, deputy minister of the Sports Affairs Council (SAC) yesterday reiterated that Taiwan has lodged official protests and filed appeals with the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the WTF, requesting that they review the controversial disqualification. “We will wait until the results come out before making a final decision whether we should file an appeal to the CAS ourselves,” Chen noted.

Yang was disqualified during her first-round bout in the women’s taekwondo under 49-kilogram weight division on Nov. 17 after she took a 9-0 lead against her Vietnamese opponent. In related news, Government Information Office Minister Johnny Chiang said Yang called Premier Wu Den-yih yesterday morning to express her gratitude for all the assistance the government is providing her following the incident.

Yang also disclosed that she will devote herself to charity works in the future, said Chiang.

The Taipei City government is offering Yang a position as a technical lecturer at Taipei Municipal University of Education (TMUE). A private foundation that asked not to be named has also made a donation of NT$3 million (US$100,000) to the SAC, which can then give the money to Yang as an award.