- Cuban fighter kicks Olympic judge in the face after ruling in taekwondo match!
A kick in the face of a taekwondo referee by furious loser Angel Valodia Matos had officials in damage control Sunday as they tried to prop up a sport which is fighting for Olympic survival.
- China wins gold in boxing for the first time.
Zou, already a double world champion at this weight, thus became China’s first ever Olympic boxing gold medallist.
- Yet more controversy in Olympic Taekwondo.
Instead, after conferring, the four judges did not award the points, making Chen, seeking a third straight Olympic gold in the event, the 1-0 victor. Astonishingly even the partisan crowd booed the perceived home bias. The British team immediately lodged an appeal.
Now that’s just messed up!
- Will taekwondo be eliminated as a sport? Gee I don’t know but I’ve been robbed in amateur matches due to poor officiating. I’ve even seen my instructor being robbed due to poor officiating and probable bias. If this happens at the amateur level I can see how it would happen at the Olympics.
Who knew this taekwondo had so much intrigue? If I had, I would have been here all Games, with this backroom silliness and public ugliness. This felt like a soap opera, or exactly what taekwondo had been trying to avoid.
- Lets add to all this drama a judging scandal in Olympic boxing!
Boxing officials were battling to contain a major scandal on Saturday as serious claims of bribery and the manipulation of Olympic judging panels emerged after a series of disputed bouts.
- Grand Master Parks appointed to commissioner position in taekwondo.
The USAT Martial Arts Commission conducted its third inauguration ceremony for the commissioners of Taekwondo masters in the USA.
- Blind judo black belt trains for the Paralympics.
The Kitchener man is determined to compete in the judo event for blind and visually impaired athletes at the 2012 Paralympics, after narrowly missing the cut for this year’s Games.
- Boxing in the Olympics may have bee rigged.
The body that oversees Olympic boxing competition said Friday night it is investigating allegations that some of the fights in this Olympics have been rigged.
- A judo instructor opens a new judo school.
A 125-year-old form of martial arts is making its way back to the area. Ron Ivanoff, with the help of instructors and enthusiasts Ron Suggs and Dick Howell, will offer Judo through the Longview Parks and Recreation Department.
The sport’s history lies in the fighting system of feudal Japan. Founded in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro Kano, Judo is a refinement of the ancient martial art, jujutsu. It was introduced as an Olympic sport in 1964.
- Lopez loses bid for three-peat.
Steven Lopez’s dreams of a third Olympic taekwondo gold medal were crushed Friday as the four-time world champion lost to Italy’s Mauro Sarmiento in the -80kg quarter-finals at the Beijing Games.
- Another taekwondoist gets ripped off in a match.
“I kicked and I kicked … but still I would not get any points,” said Gonda. “I know my hits and I know my shots and these should have been points.”
Gonda’s coach, Shin Wook Lim, suggested a Chinese judge might have been influenced by the fact Gonda, ranked No. 3 in the world, would have faced a Chinese athlete in the next round.
- MMA in the Olympics? Well if they do they need to fix the piss-poor officiating!
Assuming an amateur system can be implemented, there’s no reason MMA shouldn’t be a part of the Olympics. After all, the sport’s cousin, Pankration, is as old as the Games themselves.
- The Lopez family still brought home medals.
Steven Lopez scored a 3-2 victory over Rashad Ahmadov of Azerbaijan to win the bronze medal…Lopez’s sister, Diana, won a bronze medal in the sport on Thursday, and brother Mark won a silver.
I’ll close this round of news with Cuba’s Angel Valodia kicking that referee in the head:
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