Reuters article: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...0MI14420140321
Yonhap News Agency article: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/n...e-skating-ju-1The South Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) will file an official complaint to the International Skating Union about the figure skating judging panel used at the Sochi Games which deemed Kim Yuna's routine only worthy of a silver medal.
The KOC and the Korea Skating Union (KSU) said in statement that they will demand a thorough investigation into the composition of the judging panel.
"We had to be very careful since an appeal or a complaint could strain relationships with international judges and bring disadvantages to our players in international games," a KOC official said.
"However, we decided to file complaints to the disciplinary committee, considering what is the best for our nation (people) although some issues are expected."
ETA: http://blogs.wsj.com/korearealtime/2...ating-judging/In a joint statement, the KOC and the KSU said the decision to file the complaint was reached after consulting with figure skating judges and with international attorneys in South Korea. The two organizations added they also had to consider certain risks that may come with such a move.
"We had to be extremely careful with our action because filing a complaint may adversely affect our relationships with the ISU and international figure skating judges, which could put our athletes at a disadvantage at future competitions," the statement read. "However, after deliberating over what would be the best course of action for our people, we decided to appeal with the ISU."
The ISU Constitution and General Regulations state that "no protests against evaluations by referees, judges and the technical panel of skaters' performances are allowed." The ISU also states that protests against results "are permitted only in the case of incorrect mathematical calculation."
However, under Article 24 of the ISU Constitution and General Regulations, complaints may be filed with the ISU's Disciplinary Commission "within 60 days of learning of the facts or events which constitute a disciplinary or ethical offense." The KSU and the KOC said they believe the composition of the panel in Sochi was in violation of the ISU's ethical rules.
It’s unlikely the complaint will change matters for Kim. Protests or complaints must be filed within half an hour of the relevant event, according to the International Skating Union’s rulebook. No complaints were made during that window.
The Korean Olympic Committee named the judges it questioned, including Yuri Balkov, a Ukranian, who was suspended for trying to fix the 1998 Olympic ice-dance competition. Alla Shekhovtseva, a Russian married to the head of the Russian figure skating federation, was also named. Ms. Shekhovtseva was shown hugging Sotnikova on camera after her performance, the statement said.