The Web hack was hilarious but it was gone by about 9 am Taiwan time. The ATU statement said that Taiwan side was given the opportunity to explain itself to the committee but the Taiwan side denied that this occurred. Meanwhile the Taiwan government is now getting involved:
Asked to comment on the ATU’s statement, World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) secretary-general Yang Jin-suk said at a press conference in Guangzhou yesterday that he could not speak for the ATU because it is a separate organization from the WTF.
However, the South Korean official said it was “inappropriate” for the ATU to issue such a statement.
He also expressed disapproval of the Web hacking incident.
At the press conference held in Taipei yesterday, Vice Premier Sean Chen (陳?) said that a press statement posted on the Asian Taekwondo Union’s (ATU) Web site titled “Shocking Act of Deception by Chinese Taipei” was “not only a slander to the reputation of the athlete herself [Yang],” but also “defamation of the whole country and its nationals.”Again the KMT government is taking a beating when it didn't have to -- a noisy but null response a couple of days ago might have made it look a lot stronger. It appears to have misjudged the public mood. TheDeputy Minister of the Sports Affairs Council was forced to resign after saying that Taiwan should just "swallow" the ruling. The KMT plans to borrow the Taekwondo incident for its rally tomorrow.
Sean Chen disagreed with reporters when facing questions about the government’s weak reaction to the incident and slow response in holding a press conference to state its official stance on the matter.
If only Taiwanese would get this upset about something important, like Chinese missiles or the environment or organized crime.
Another trend is vocal attacks on South Korea, which seems to be the target where many on the Blue side want to see the anger go. Fortunately while vocal attacks continue, the public does not seem to be concretely hurting that nation as tourism from here to there remains strong. There remains a strong uncurrent of feeling that the disqualification was due to the desire of China to prevent the Taiwanese player from defeating a powerful Chinese opponent. The Taipei Times ran an editorial accusing China of being behind the incident.
This affair seems to have tapped into Taiwan's latent insecurity about its place in the world as both the pro-China and pro-Taiwan parties are protesting it and the public seems solidly united about it. Facinating to watch this unfold....
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