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Avatar of NC47By on May 16th, 2010 at 2:10 am

China Coach Presses for Gender Test of South Korean Female Soccer Player

I don’t know if China should be asking for any type of qualification tests on athletes considering their history of cheating at sports.

Park Eun-Sun (right)

China coach Shang Ruihua is questioning the eligibility of South Korean player Park Eun-Sun for the upcoming women’s Asian Cup and has urged authorities to conduct a gender test, local media reported.

“If Park is participating in the Asian Cup we will definitely appeal to the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) to test her gender,” Shang told Chengdu Business Daily, a paper from the host city of the May 19-30 tournament in southwest China.

Park has been selected for the South Korea training squad after a five-year retirement. The 1.80m (5 ft 11) striker scored 13 goals in 11 international matches she played for South Korea before retiring in 2005 at 19.

However, her power and voice have raised doubts in some players and coaches.  “Her voice is too deep,” said Chinese player Li Jie.

The 24-year-old scored a hat-trick in a 3-0 win over China at the 2004 Asian Under 19 Women’s Championships. Another goal from Park at an East Asian tournament in 2005 contributed to the South Korean senior side’s first victory over China in 15 years.

“We heard of her return. We are shocked,” said Shang. “It would be unfair for all other players if she is not really eligible on gender grounds.”  [Reuters]

Her opponent in that photo should be able to shed some light on Park’s gender.  It will be interesting to see if the China team pushes this issue, and what the results of a gender test on Park reveal.

  • Tom
    9:06 pm on May 15th, 2010 1

    He..oops..I mean she.. does looks like a guy.

    Test hims and see what gender he is.

    I'd like to know myself. :lol:

  • kushibo
    7:44 am on May 16th, 2010 2

    Looks like the player on the left is conducting her own gender test on Park Eunsun.

  • Glans
    8:21 am on May 16th, 2010 3

    Gender-segregated sports are unjust. Let each athlete compete simply as a human.

  • kushibo
    8:37 am on May 16th, 2010 4

    You're fighting a losing battle, Glans. When I was a referee for AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization), I led a campaign to eliminate age categories, saying it was unfair that people who were the best in some age group couldn't compete with some other age category simply because of their age. If I'd had my way, there'd be no K-league (that was for kindergartners), no 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, or 17-18. It was all b.s.

    How could the 9-10 champions, for example, call themselves the best when they'd never been up against the champions of the 7-8, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18, or K-league?

  • JohnT
    11:08 am on May 16th, 2010 5


    Tell us more Nora, I mean Kushibo…sorry about the slip up.

  • kushibo
    1:42 pm on May 16th, 2010 6

    Not sure the reason for the gratuitous attack, JohnT, but clearly you do not know what you think you know. But keep it up if you like; it only reveals your own pettiness and ignorance.

  • Leon LaPorte
    1:49 pm on May 16th, 2010 7

    I'd love to see male high schoolers kick the sh!t out of some little girls in kindergarten! Really it's a market. People would pay good money for that.

    …or did I misunderstand the post?

  • kushibo
    1:52 pm on May 16th, 2010 8

    Nope, spot on. But there's only so much sh¡t-kicking that can be done in soccer without getting red-carded. And those little girls would learn quickly how to slide tackler bigger and more awkward players, I'll tell you what.

  • Hamilton
    2:28 pm on May 16th, 2010 9

    China lecturing anyone on cheating is a joke. Whether using underage olympians, watering down milk with lethal chemicals, fishing in other countries' territorial waters, or stealing the latest technology they are a nation of cheats.

  • Tom
    9:49 pm on May 16th, 2010 10

    What about the US? A nation of bankrupted Wall Street money grabbers helped by Uncle Sam – a nation of greed and cheats who have stolen tens of trillions of dollars, causing a global crisis. I will keep reminding you of this every time you accuse others. :lol:

  • kushibo
    3:48 am on May 17th, 2010 11

    Both of you are off-topic. The issue is China accusing South Korea of a form of cheating in sports. The litany of China's transgressions is not particularly relevant, and neither is the tu quoque retort that yeah, well, so does the US, even if both are true.

    Now if you wanted to talk about China's underage Olympic athletes, that would be a better example of Chinese chutzpah.


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