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Electronic socks used by taekwondo athlete acceptable: agent

2010/11/19 22:09:48

Taipei, Nov. 19 (CNA) The electronic socks used by a Taiwanesetaekwondo athlete who was disqualified at the Asian Games werecertified for use in the competition and not barred in July, as hadbeen reported, the local agent of the manufacturer said Friday.

Budomart (Taiwan), which supplies electronic socks made by SouthKorea-based Lajust to Taiwan's taekwondo team, said that according tothe World Taekwondo Federation's (WTF's) website, both old and newmodels can be used at official taekwondo events until May 17, 2012.

After Taiwan's Yang Shu-chun was disqualified from the AsianGames on Wednesday for using extra sensors in her electronic socks,some media reported that the old version of the socks had been bannedfrom competitions since July.

The older version of the footgear has sensors that adhere to thesurface of the sock while in the new version, the sensors are sewninto the sock.

Budomart stressed in its statement that the WTF has sent messagesto its members saying that certified Lajust brand electronic socks,even if they are old models, can continue to be used.

It said the electronic socks made by Lajust have been certifiedby the Asian Taekwondo Union for use in all World TaekwondoFederation competitions, including the ongoing Asian Games.

On claims by WTF officials that Yang added electronic sensors toher heels, Budomart said the old model socks have an extra sensor padon the heel, which can be seen in the instruction booklet providedwith the footgear.

On Thursday, WTF Secretary-General Yang Jin-suk said at a pressconference in Guangzhou that Lajust had never made a product with asensor on the back of the shoe and accused Yang of trimming otherpads to fit the heel location.

The manufacturer's representative also said that out of 12 pairsof electronic socks supplied to Taiwan's athletes, Yang and HuangHsien-yung, who won a gold medal at the Asian Games, used the oldmodels, while the other 10 used the new ones.

(By Oscar Wu and Lilian Wu)