June 29, 2022

South Korea after the disqualification of its two short track speedskaters at Beijing 2022 Monday night has mentioned to file an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) concerning refereeing decisions on the same.

The president of the Korea Skating Union and the head of South Korea’s athletic delegation Yoon Hong-geun, mentioned that the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee (KSOC) will appeal with the highest international sports tribunal to publicize the unfairness that resulted in the disqualification of Korean skaters Hwang Dae-heon and Lee June-seo in the men’s 1,000-meter semifinals.

According to reports, the appeal will mark the first time in 18 years for South Korea to file a case with the CAS. Earlier at the 2004 Olympics, a judging error of one-tenth of a point cost gymnast Yang Tae-young the gold medal in the all-around competition. However, CAS had then dismissed Yang’s appeal and said the referee error was not subject to reversal.

The International Skating Union (ISU) mentioned that the decisions cannot be challenged.

The South Korean athletic delegation has requested a meeting with IOC President Thomas Bach on the issue.

The South Korean short track skaters had raised concerns about refereeing in Beijing even before the Olympics began. Their concerns became a reality as short trackers Hwang and Lee were disqualified from the men’s 1,000-meter semifinals of short track speedskating event.

Hwang came in first in his semifinal but was disqualified for an “illegal late passing” and causing contact. Lee had finished second in a separate semifinal but was penalized for making a lane change that interfered with a Hungarian skater. This led Chinese athletes advance to the final as a result of the eliminations.

Hungary had also filed a protest after Liu Shaolin Sandor, who came in first in the race, received a yellow card for two penalties in the 1,000-meter final. The protest was also rejected.