Written by: Kuang Xiaobin
2020-04-29 12:54Date of last update: 2020-04-29 13:21
In 2018, the selection process of the Asian Games swimming team was questioned to be unfair and suspected of being covered. The two athletes did not meet the selection criteria, but they were also selected, including Wu Xinjian, the son of Wu Xuguang, the swimming committee member who caused great controversy at the time. The election failed, but the audit report did not elaborate on the reasons for the defeat; another unqualified candidate was the male 4 × 100-meter mixed four-way relay (butterfly) main swimmer.
At the 2018 Asian Games, the Hong Kong swimming team met with reporters before departure. Wu Xinjian on the right in the back row. (Profile picture / Photo by Lin Ruoqin)
Wu Xin, the son of swimming general committee, selected the first 100-meter breaststroke results
In 2018, it was reported that although Hong Kong swimmer Guo Jiahui's 100-meter breaststroke performance was the first in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Association and Olympic Committee rejected his Hong Kong team representative qualification and eventually replaced Guo Jiahui's swimmer as the swimmer. Wu Xujian, Wu Xuguang's son.
The latest "Audit Report" pointed out that the 2018 Hong Kong Association and Olympic Committee notice showed that the selection considerations are: athletes have achieved excellent results in sports events, such as the top 8 in various comprehensive sports; Approximately 2016 Olympic Games; if neither of the above two items are met, consider the best results of the athletes in the nominated events from 2014 to 2018; and the sports club ’s preparation plan for their athletes, including the 18th The Asian Games held training and competitions for the previous 6 months.
According to the report, on April 19, 2018, a sports association nominated 21 male athletes from the Hong Kong Association and Olympic Committee to participate in the 18th Asian Games swimming event. On April 24, the selection committee of the Hong Kong Association and Olympic Committee held a selection meeting. According to the minutes of the committee meeting, a total of 17 athletes were selected from the 21 athletes, but two athletes did not meet the selection criteria but were selected. The relevant reasons are: One person (Athlete A) achieved good results in the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games; and the other person (Athlete B) was the main swimmer of the 4 × 100-meter mixed quadruple relay (butterfly).
The comparison data, the athlete A referred to in the "audit report", is Wu Xinjian.
Unqualified players are selected into the selection committee without discussion
In March 2020, the Hong Kong Association and the Olympic Committee informed Audit that the order of selection of 17 male athletes was: 6 athletes met the selection criteria, and 11 athletes were selected based on other factors.
Audit found that there is room for improvement in the transparency and accountability of selecting athletes to participate in the swimming events of the 18th Asian Games. Athletes A and B who did not meet the selection criteria but were ultimately selected, the selection committee did not discuss two issues: Athlete A's "good performance" at the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games; Athlete B was only a 4 × 100 meter mixed four The main swimmer of the relay (Butterfly) was still selected.
Audit continued that, in order to enhance transparency and accountability, the Hong Kong Association and the Olympic Committee will need to properly record the reasons for selecting athletes to participate in the International Games in the future, especially when the athletes are based on the selection criteria established by the Hong Kong Association and the Olympic Committee. Criteria.
Audit believes that the Hong Kong Association and the Olympic Committee need to enhance the impartiality of the appeal mechanism. At present, if the Sports Federation is dissatisfied with the decision of the Hong Kong Association and Olympic Committee Selection Committee, it may appeal to the Hong Kong Association and Olympic Committee Appeals Select Committee, which will make a final decision. To enhance impartiality, Audit believes that the Hong Kong Association and the Olympic Committee need to explore the benefits of establishing an appeal mechanism similar to that used in advanced overseas countries in Hong Kong. For example, the public can seek independent advice from independent professionals on sports-related disputes; or An independent body handles appeals.
The Hong Kong Association and the Olympic Committee responded that they generally agreed with the audit recommendations and that they would adopt the audit recommendations to the extent practicable, including reviewing the existing appeal mechanism.
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President Yong refuted the report
The Hong Kong Association and Olympic Committee and the Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association both issued statements in response on August 23, 2018. The swimming master explained that in the selection of athletes in the Asian Games, the association was only responsible for setting the requirements for the swimmers in the primary election. The 200-meter backstroke, 200-meter breaststroke and 400-meter individual four-style) and Wu Xinjian (50-meter breaststroke) have all met the requirements of the swimming primary selection. .
Mr. Yong pointed out that since the Hong Kong Association and the Olympic Committee did not accept the nomination of Guo Jiahui and Yang Xianhao for the 100-meter breaststroke, "to avoid wasting the quota of 2 swimmers in each event," it was planned to arrange for Yang Xianhao and Mo Qidi At the same time played in the 100-meter breaststroke, but because the 100-meter breaststroke and the 400-meter individual four-style competition were held on the same day, considering that Mo Qidi had to play in the 400-meter individual four-style, Wu Xin was selected to make up. After the Asian Games swimming competition was completed that year, members of the Hong Kong team each issued the same statement on Facebook, refuting media reports.
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