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Yonhap Says South Korea Can Learn from “London Olympics Fiasco”

I don’t think incompetent or bad refereeing is exclusive to the London Olympics or focused on South Korean athletes but Yonhap seems to think so:

Refereeing errors have marred the London Olympic Games which opened last week. Most of the crucial errors have been concentrated on South Korean athletes. Female fencer Shin A-lam lost her bid for an epee gold medal Monday following a loss in controversial semifinals round which was due to human error or malfunctioning timing equipment.

Britta Heidemann of Germany edged Shin 6-5 in extra time with a winning hit with one second remaining. But timing equipment had not been activated toward the end of the semi-final, allowing Heidemann extra time to register points. South Koreans complained that the clock had stopped running with one second left as Shin fended off Heidemann’s attack three times, and that the German’s decisive hit came after the final second was up.
Judges deliberated for almost half an hour before giving Heidemann the win. Shin, 25, staged a sit-down protest long after the match ended and later lost in the bronze medal bout.

The global governing body of fencing on Tuesday rejected South Korea’s appeal following the disputed conclusion to the women’s epee contest the previous day at the London Olympics.

South Korea’s swimming star Park Tae-hwan was initially disqualified in his preliminary heat of the men’s 400-meter freestyle but went on to win a silver medal after the false start disqualification ruling was overturned four hours after it was issued on Saturday.

It is doubtful that the judges, referees and international sports federations have prepared for the Olympics sincerely.  [Yonhap]

You can read the rest at the link, but the Yonhap editorial goes on to explain how the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games needs to learn from the “shameful errors” of the London Olympics in order to not repeat them.

Unfortunately Roy Jones Jr. was not available for comment in regards to Korea’s complaints about poor officiating at the Olympic Games.

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  • 18permag
    10:37 am on August 1st, 2012 1

    Yeah, Roy Jones Jr and the 2002 World Cup

  • jslim
    3:56 pm on August 1st, 2012 2

    #1 —–> SPOT ON!!!

  • Stephen
    4:27 pm on August 1st, 2012 3

    # 1 and Poland never did get its Hyundai factory. In 2004, Hyundai decided to build the factory in Slovakia instead.

  • someotherguy
    9:30 pm on August 1st, 2012 4

    It’s simple, the judges of various events have been paid to favor one country or another for that bout. Judges are predetermined and put on a roster to avoid a judge being present during their country’s matches. All people need to do is get a hold of that roster and you know which judge to acquire favor with to tip things in the direction you desire. Been going on for a very long time, just recently it’s been obscene and obvious.

  • Denny
    3:24 am on August 2nd, 2012 5

    Roy Jones Jr admitted to steroid use.

  • Tom
    4:18 am on August 2nd, 2012 6

    Right on Denny. They’re still squwaking about this after 24 years. Why can’t Americans move on? Roy cheated, he didn’t even deserve the silver he got.

  • Stephen
    5:03 am on August 2nd, 2012 7

    3:24 am on August 2nd, 2012 6
    Roy Jones Jr admitted to steroid use.

    No, Roy Jones Jnr did not admit to steroid use.

    “Roy Jones Jr. and Richard Hall both tested positive for the testosterone precursor androstenedione after Jones defeated Hall to retain his undisputed world light heavyweight championship in Indianapolis in 2000.”

    Even though Roy Jones Jnr did test positive to androstenedione, it was 12 years after his contentious Olympic bout.

    Jones insisted his test was the result of ingesting the supplement Ripped Fuel.

    Poland, Portugal, Spain, Italy. All of them ripped off in World Cup 2002.

  • Tom
    5:22 am on August 2nd, 2012 8

    Stphen :lol: Stephen you’re getting desperate.

    Liars and cheats complaining about 1988 when in fact Carl Lewis and probabably half the US track team was on steroids. :lol: Of course Jone JR was on drugs. :lol:

  • Stephen
    6:07 am on August 2nd, 2012 9

    Marion Jones was on the gear at the Olympics … but not our Roy.

  • Tom
    6:33 am on August 2nd, 2012 10

    Didn’t you bring up the case of referee Moreno for fixing matches, years after 2002, in South America, as proof positive WC 2002 was fixed? So why can’t I use the example of Roy JR getting caught using drugs years later, as proof positive Americans in 1988 cheated too? Double standards anyone? :lol:

  • Stephen
    7:09 am on August 2nd, 2012 11

    Tom, your recall is faulty. I didn’t “bring up the case of referee Moreno for fixing matches, years after 2002, in South America, as proof positive WC 2002 was fixed?”

    6:24 pm on August 1st, 2012 16

    PS. Too young to remember the 1988 games or 2002 World Cup (

  • tbonetylr
    11:22 am on August 2nd, 2012 12

    Don’t you think Korean athletes have ever used during the games?
    Former Anti-dopping chief DickPound: ‘Only 10% of Olympics steroid cheats caught’
    “Pound, who retired from the World Anti-Dopping Agency (WADA) in 2008, said “anecdotally, maybe 10% of athletes use drugs and we’re catching one or two of them…”

  • Orbit
    2:50 pm on August 3rd, 2012 13

    what about ohno? the half jap half american breed?


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