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Taekwondo medalist files appeal over election ban

TAIPEI -- The Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC) confirmed yesterday that Taiwanese taekwondo Olympic gold medalist Chu Mu-yen has appealed a decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes Commission in August to drop him from an election.

The appeal was filed with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the CTOC said.

The IOC Athletes Commission announced Aug. 11 that Chu was removed from the list of candidates for a seat on the commission to represent athletes' interests in the Olympic Games organization, after he allegedly handed out lollipops to athletes ahead of the vote.

Chu said at the time that he had not given out any candy to Olympic athletes and had made this clear to the IOC Election Committee after he received a warning letter from the committee July 26 over the matter.

He said he did not receive any further notices on the matter until the election results were announced and he was informed that he had been removed as a candidate.

The arbitration court said in a statement dated Sept. 4 it had received an appeal filed by Chu and a similar one filed by Japanese hammer thrower Koji Murofushi.

Murofushi was pulled from the election for allegedly using his iPad to explain the rules of the election to an athlete in the Olympic Village in London.

AP later reported that Chu and Murofushi had finished in the top four in the election.

The arbitration court said the appellants will be given an opportunity to file an appeal brief and "the IOC will be invited to file an answer."

A hearing may take place later and the full procedure is expected to take four months, it said.

CTOC Secretary-General Chen Kuo-yi said the arbitration court will decide whether the appeals can be accepted for arbitration, after the appellants hand in appeal briefs and the court receives an answer from the IOC.

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