Didn’t Like the Call? Just Kick the Judge!

by Ryan on August 24, 2008

in International Relations,Sports

The latest controversy to arise out of Beijing deals with when Cuban Angel Matos disagreed with a judge’s enforcement of the rules during a tae-kwon-do medal round against Kazakhstan and decided to kick the judge in the face, spit on the mat and leave the arena. 

Here’s why Matos was mad:  He was up 3-2, but needed to take a time-out.  You get one minute for each time-out.  He took longer than one minute to gather himself.  He was disqualified.  It’s something like complaining that you don’t get 11 seconds to get up in boxing.  OK, but the rules say something different.  While Matos was ahead in the match, his extra-time would have been an unfair advantage.  While close, the rules are the rules and were set forth before you showed up. 

Get mad, or whatever, but striking a judge (en francais)?  This ain’t the mean streets of Havana; this is the authoritarian oligarchical dictatorship of China hosting the Olympic games! 

True class from our communist friends in the Caribbean!  Matos and his coach have been officially banned for life from all World TKD Federation [or appropriately the "WTF"!] events and his performances will be nullified.  I think he should also be charged criminally for assault and battery.

AP photo.

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wickle August 24, 2008 at 2:41 pm

My 11-year-old son, who’s Recommended in TKD (which means he’s about a year from being able to test for his black belt) is horrified that someone could get to the Olympics and not get that two of the five tenets of Tae Kwon Do are courtesy and self-control. Clearly, Matos didn’t get those down.

Looking at the picture, though, I get the impression that the ref was ready to take Mantos out, if he had to.

Wouldn’t that be embarrassing? Not only are you disqualified and banned for life, you got yourself beat up, to be watched 3 zillion times a day on YouTube.

It’s nice to see those Olympic values in practice, eh?


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