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Taiwan demands apology from ATU for false accusation

Taiwan demands apology from ATU for false accusation

Taiwan's government filed a statement asking the Asian Taekwondo Union (ATU) on Friday to apologize for its improper allegations and unjust treatment of one of its athletes at the Asian Games. The statement also demanded for the union to give an account and compensation for Taiwan's athletes.

Taiwan's taekwondo athlete Yang Shu-chun was disqualified on Wednesday after officials accused her of wearing socks that did not meet official standards. The socks used in the sport contain electronic sensors that are used to register successful kicks during the game.

Taiwan's government also asked the union to apologize for posting a headline on its official website on Thursday which read "Shocking act of deception by Chinese Taipei". "Chinese Taipei" is the official name for Taiwanese teams in international events.

The government also accused the union of being inconsistent and self-contradicting regarding the incident. That included the union accusing Yang of having two extra sensors on her socks 45 seconds into the bout when in fact they were removed before the match began.

Taiwan's government asked that the union adopt a fair and impartial attitude in dealing with the issue and refrain from using misleading and distorted information.

The Olympic Council of Asia on Saturday asked for an explanation from the officials of the union. President of the Asian Taekwondo Union Lee Dai-Soon said at a press conference on Saturday that he regrets the happening of such an incident. However, Lee said he did not know of the headline on the union's website.

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