Title

Reluctant appealer : China's responses to controversial judgements at London 2012

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

International Journal of the History of Sport

Publication Date

12-1-2013

Volume

30

Issue

15

First Page

1735

Last Page

1747

Keywords

London 2012 Olympics, Chinese athletes, controversial judgements, appeals, reluctance

Abstract

A controversial judgement denotes that a decision made by referees is deemed to involve errors and those errors result in the athlete being disqualified or being given unreasonable scores in the match. While the athletes from other parts of the world were eager to raise appeals against controversial judgements at London 2012, those from China were reluctant. The argument here is that the reluctance was a duty of the Chinese Olympic delegation with the aim of relieving the concern of the international society that China was likely to become the Middle Kingdom in the Pacific Rim. A non-confrontational China at London 2012 was considered a placatory diplomatic gesture by the Chinese authorities.

DOI

10.1080/09523367.2013.811646

Print ISSN

09523367

E-ISSN

17439035

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Recommended Citation

Chu, M. P. (2013). Reluctant appealer: China's responses to controversial judgements at London 2012. International Journal of the History of Sport, 30(15), 1735-1747. doi: 10.1080/09523367.2013.811646