Chinese netizens angered by Winter Olympic ruling over speed skating disqualification; call for retaliation on South Korea

Chinese take to the internet to vent their fury over speed skating disqualification

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 February, 2018, 11:58am
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 February, 2018, 11:58am

Chinese fans reacted strongly on Wednesday after a chaotic women’s 3,000 metre short-track speedskating relay final ended in China being controversially disqualified from the running for a silver medal.

Mainland broadcaster CCTV openly questioned the decision of the International Skating Union in their Winter Olympics broadcast after the world governing body said no further comment would be made on the decision to penalise the Chinese team.

South Korea took the gold medal after Canada was also disqualified from the race, with Italy clinching the silver medal. The Netherlands, who did not make the final and instead won the B final in a world record time, was awarded bronze.

The government-run TV station accused the world body of “inconsistent ruling” claiming: “South Korea also committed the same foul as Canada but got away with it.”

Chinese skater Fan Kexin was accused of blocking Choi Min-jeong of South Korea in the final exchange as the Koreans narrowly beat the mainlanders to the finish.

A distraught Fan had to be consoled by teammates Qu Chunyu, Li Jinyu and Zhou Yang on the sidelines.

Zhou said she saw no problem with what they did and hinted at impropriety when she said: “We are blessed to have the next Olympics in Beijing. The Beijing Olympics will definitely be fair, most definitely.”

Commenters on Chinese sports portal Sina Sports said the China delegation should call a press conference in Pyeongchang and reveal video footage of the foul committed by the South Korean skaters in the final, while another sarcastically suggested all gold medals should automatically be awarded to South Korea.

Another commenter said South Korea should never be allowed to stage major international events again after a series of controversies involving the hosts.

Fans claimed there were controversial rulings at the 2002 soccer World Cup finals when South Korea were the joint hosts with Japan, as well as at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, without going in to detail.

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On another mainland sports website, Tencent sports, one commenter said South Koreans had to be prepared for “revenge” from angry Chinese people.

China is still looking for its first gold medal at the 2018 Games and is currently languishing in 19th place in the medal table.