Regarding the accusations made by the Disciplinary Committee appointed by the Association on December 11, 2009, for the words and deeds of Coach Cheng Ta Wei as an international referee during the Hong Kong East Asian Games Taekwondo Competition, and the sanction of suspension for three years, The Association believes that the result of the resolution is not justified.
The Association originally determined that:
As the competition referee, Cheng Ta Wei made a wrong decision in the men's 72kg competition.
With inappropriate words and actions, Cheng Ta Wei seriously insulted Mr. Ovid Tzeng, the committee member of the Executive Yuan, in public.
This destroyed the well-built development and social image of Taekwondo going forward which affects the public's negative perception of Taekwondo.
In addition, the Chinese Taipei team challenged the verdict and has not yet filed a normal procedure protest to the conference, before the conference arbitration has reached a conclusion, Cheng Ta Wei immediately expressed his personal views to the media after the game. This violated the referee's duties.
Therefore, the Disciplinary Committee decided to immediately ban coach Cheng Ta Wei from all activities and work related to Taekwondo for a period of three years.
Upon subsequent detail and thorough investigation by the Association, it is believed that:
The judgment made by Mr. Cheng Ta Wei and all the referees of the match is a correct judgment, not a wrong or malicious judgment.
Mr. Cheng Ta Wei criticized Mr. Ovid Tzeng for interfering the competition and damaging Taiwan's image from international competition. This is based on the rules of Taekwondo and freedom of speech. This criticism was truly correct and not inappropriate from Mr. Cheng Ta Wei as a citizen of Taiwan.
Mr. Cheng Ta Wei made a decision that was independent of the other referees. However, his decision was unanimous with the decision made by the other referees. The decision from Mr. Cheng Ta Wei was therefore credible since it coincided with his fellow referees. He abides by the principle of independent refereeing that international referees should have, and has legitimate reasons to defend his and all referees' unanimous judgments.
Even if his remarks arouse unhappiness among some people and cause social controversy, it has nothing to do with the sportsmanship and principles advocated by the Association, nor does it contradict the values of discipline and honor of the Association.
Over the past 12 years, the previous decision of the Association has caused great harm and loss to the reputation of Coach Cheng Ta Wei and his family as well as to his taekwondo career.
The Association hereby expresses its most sincere apology to Coach Cheng Ta Wei and his family.