Athletes blame Olympic bias references after some controversial penalties help Chinese athletes


Chinese Ren Ziwei celebrates with the Chinese flag after winning the gold medal.

Chinese Ren Ziwei celebrates with the Chinese flag after winning the gold medal.Reuters / Evgenia Novozenina

  • Accusations of prejudice from Beijing Olympic officials appear only a few days after the game.

  • In some short track speed skating races, controversial penalties have benefited Chinese athletes.

  • Korean Kwak Yoon-ki questioned the results “If it was a country other than China”

Just days after the Winter Olympics this year, the controversy has already obscured the short track speed skating competition in Beijing.

Some suspicious penalties across multiple races in the sport helped Chinese athletes win or win medals in the game. And now, some are warning that prejudice may be the cause among Olympic officials.

ROC (right) and US (center) athletes respond to receiving a penalty after finishing in front of the puck in the mixed team relay semifinals.

ROC (right) and US (center) athletes respond to receiving a penalty after finishing in front of the puck in the mixed team relay semifinals.Reuters / Evgenia Novozenina

South Korea’s Kwak Yoon-ki said after Saturday’s short track speed skating mixed team relay. China survived in the semi-finals after finishing ahead of the host country after the disqualification of the Russian Olympic Committee and the United States. After the video review, the ROC took a penalty for “causing interference”, but the United States was docked for “blocking”.

After that, China won the gold medal in the final.

“I was sick of seeing how China won the gold medal and my young teammates had to see something like that,” Kwak said via. Yonhap News Agency, Per reuters.. “I thought to myself,’Is this really all about winning a gold medal?’ Everything felt very hollow.”

Congratulations to Fan Kexin (left) and Qu Chunyu for winning the gold medal in the mixed team relay final.

Congratulations to China’s Fan Kexin (left) and Qu Chunyu for winning the gold medal in the mixed team relay final.Robert Deutsch-USA Today Sports

Mr. Kwak further questioned whether the result would hold “if there was a country other than China in such a situation.”

“We felt that this could all have gone the wrong way,” he added. “I wondered how upset and frustrating it would be if we were part of it.”

Two days later, another controversial ending left many to challenge the legitimacy of the consequences of certain short track speed skates. Featuring three athletes from China and two athletes from Hungary, the men’s 1000-meter final entered the final — and a video review.

Hungary's Shaolin Sandor Liu reacts after competing in the men's 1000-meter short track speed skating final.

Hungary’s Shaolin Sandor Liu reacts after competing in the men’s 1000m short track speed skating final.Reuters / Toby Melville

A mid-race stop with a broken blade embedded in ice set the race on a strange path, even before the chaotic conclusions. But in the end, the top of the podium fell on Hungary’s Shaolin Sandr Liu and China’s Ren Ziwei.

The two had their necks stuck in the last turn, and both stretched their legs as they approached the finish and tried to edging the other narrowly. As a result, Liu Xiao Lin rolled on the ice and slipped into a distant wall, but seemed to cross the line just a few milliseconds before Ren.

At that time, the review started. Hungarians were evaluated for two penalties. One is for the lane change that caused contact with the opponent, and the other is for using the left hand to block Ren on the last turn. Ren grabbed Liu Xiao Lin with both hands and stabbed him in the ice to retaliate, but no punishment was given.

Ren (right) grabs Shaolin Riu on the final stretch.

Ren (right) grabs Liu Xiao Lin on the last stretch.Reuters / Toby Melville

As a result, Liu Xiao Lin was disqualified as a yellow card and promoted Len to gold and his Chinese teammate to silver.

The explanation from the NBC broadcasting station during a call is as follows.

With Len’s victory, China won the first gold medal in history at this event. However, the Hungarians were visibly devastated by the results, even though they finished the race with a bronze medal.

Another Hungarian who participated in the race, Liu Xiao Lin’s brother, Liu Xiao An, successfully completed the puck but was on the podium due to a penalty. And during the availability of post-race media, Liu Xiao An told his brother he was “proud of him” and “these things happen on short track”. explained.

“He didn’t say anything.”

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