South Korean athletes will be filing a lawsuit to the International Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) against the biased judgment of the men’s 1000m short track event at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. They have also sent protests to the International Skating Union (ISU) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
South Korean team leader Yoon Hong Geun held a press conference at the Beijing Olympic Main Media Center on February 8 and explained the reason for filing a lawsuit. He stated, “By making the injustice of this judgment public, we plan to do our best to make sure that the injustice of our athletes in the international ice skating and sports world does not happen again”.
The Korean Sports Council revealed their position on why they decided to file a lawsuit.
We decided to file a lawsuit in consideration of the Korean athletes who have worked hard and the Korean public’s feelings towards the biased judgement. We also thought about how the referee’s decision could not be supported by the international sports committee, as well as the unfair and ambiguous relationship between the League of Nations and the international referees. Our Korean athletes have had several controversies over judgement and we hope that this decision will serve as an opportunity for Korean athletes to not be disadvantaged again.
On the other hand, the Olympics have been under extreme criticism from the South Korean general audience due to the alleged “cheating” and “biased judging” for the gold medal. The ISU also rejected both South Korea and Hungary’s protest regarding the disqualification from the 1000m short track event.