Chu removed from IOC poll on lollipop charges
The China Post news staffTaiwanese taekwondo athlete and gold medalist Chu Mu-yen yesterday denied allegations by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that he distributed lollipops to voters in his bid to get elected to the IOC Athletes' Commission.
August 13, 2012, 12:04 am TWN
Chu made the remarks in London, accompanied by Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee Secretary-General Chen Kuo-yi, during an emergency news conference after the IOC removed him from the election even after he had gained enough votes to be a member on the commission.
According to Chu, he did receive a warning letter from the IOC on July 26, claiming he had distributed lollipops to the athletes to get their support.
Chu clarified with the IOC on Aug. 10 that he had never given lollipops to anyone. He did admit to using an iPad, with which he explained the voting process to athletes of the London Olympics, who were also voters.
The use of any devices to aid candidates in their campaigns is forbidden, a rule that Chu said he didn't know.
“I stopped using the iPad once I received the warning letter on July 26,” he said.
Chen, meanwhile, said the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee has sent a letter of protest to the IOC, demanding an explanation as to why Chu was removed from the election.
“I believe this is a misunderstanding,” Chen said. “We don't know why lollipops were involved in this situation. If they have evidence of Chu distributing lollipops, please show it.”
There were 21 candidates during this year's Athletes' Commission election. Besides Chu, Japanese hammer thrower and another top vote-gainer Koji Murofushi were also thrown out of the race.
The Japan Olympic Committee (JOC) claimed that Murofushi was being punished for calling up the IOC website on his iPad to explain the committee to an athlete. But JOC official Yasuhiro Nakamori countered that the Japanese committee has photographic evidence proving that Murofushi was not showing material about himself, as he was accused of doing.
“He was in no way promoting his own candidacy,” Nakamori said. The Japanese are planning to lodge an official complaint.
Taiwanese taekwondo athlete Chu Mu-yen holds up an iPad during a news conference in London, yesterday, after being removed from the IOC Athletes' Commission election. He said he ...