championships,” said Guan, also President of the Chinese Taekwondo Federation. “This is the first time I have seen such kind of thing.”

Zheng, who had beaten Walkden three times in a row, took a dominant lead of 20-10 in the closin

g stages of the women’s over 73km category final, but the referee disqualified Zheng alleging she had committed 10 fouls during the bout.

Wakden then secured her third successive world taekwondo title by the referee’s punitive declaration.

“Our athlete has worked very hard for this gold medal and it was taken away so easily by the referee. This is very dirty.”

Guan said that the Chinese team will launch an appeal to the World Taekw

ondo, the sport’s world governing body, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

“We will definitely appeal to the decision,” he said. “And this refe

ree’s qualification should be stripped of. This scandal is a serious damage to our sport.”

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