SEOUL: Korea’s Sports Minister Choe Kwang-Shik took a swipe at the London Olympics over alleged cases of biased refereeing, vowing to step up Seoul’s influence with international sports organisations. South Korea finished fifth in the medal standings at the London Olympics with 13 golds, equalling its record for the most at a Games. “I express heartfelt gratitude to the athletes who did their best and overcame all difficulties despite unfair refereeing,” said Choe. “The government will make strong efforts in order to expand influence in international sports.” South Korean news media made a fuss about what they claimed were cases of biased judging that allegedly happened in women’s epee semi-final, men’s 66kg judo quarter-final and men’s 400m freestyle swimming heat.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 15th, 2012.