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China cries foul over judging at Olympics

Cai Zhenhua

Deputy Sports Minister Cai Zhenhua has accused judges at the London Olympics of discriminating against Chinese athletes.

A number of decisions have gone against Chinese athletes in cycling and gymnastics, and there was more anger yesterday when hammer thrower Zhang Wenxiu was denied a bronze medal.

“We need to solve the problem now or risk more judges adopting a biased view,” Cai said.

Zhang was originally ranked third in the hammer throw but Germany’s Betty Heidler was later elevated to the bronze position when officials remeasured her fifth throw – which was not initially registered because of technical issues – after the final. China lodged a protest but the jury dismissed it.

The Guangming Daily newspaper complained of unfair judging. Several papers cited the result in the men’s gymnastics rings event, in which reigning champion Chen Yibing had to settle for silver behind Brazil’s Arthur Zanetti.

“We need to shout out loud: London Olympics, under the Olympic rings, please view all participants equally,” the paper said

The China delegation has also demanded a review of the relegation of its women’s cycling sprint team for an illegal changeover in the final, which cost it a gold medal.

China team manager Pan Zhichen argued the judgment was based on a “personal interpretation of the rules”.

China won a record 51 gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, but going into yesterday’s events, the United States led China 95 to 82 in total medals and 41 to 37 in golds. The Americans are on course to collect at least 30 medals in track and field, with China winning only one bronze.

“China’s big challenge is in swimming and track and field,” said Steve Roush, the US Olympic Committee’s former chief of sports performance.

Still, this is China’s best gold-medal showing outside Beijing, better than the 32 it collected at the 2004 Athens Games.

South China Morning Post

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3 thoughts on “China cries foul over judging at Olympics

  1. China — or more accurately, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) — needs to stop acting like a spoiled brat. First, it bullied the City of London into taking down their display of the flag of Taiwan (which did NOT violate a prior agreement between China and the IOC). Now, they are repeating the tactic, this time trying to bully the IOC into awarding medals to Chinese athletes. First, contrary to what the CCP thinks, in the Olympics, China is only one country among many others with equal status. And secondly, the Olympics are supposed to be about the athletes, not about the number of medals “China” has accumulated.


    Posted by Prof. Olsen | August 12, 2012, 3:13 pm
  2. Reblogged this on OyiaBrown.


    Posted by OyiaBrown | August 12, 2012, 8:18 pm
  3. Sports and Games should be sports and Games, not politics, but in China everything is politics.


    Posted by ubon606 | August 21, 2012, 4:22 pm

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