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Beijing delegation apologizes for rugby match-throwing

Players from Beijing women's rugby team refuse to play at the 12th Chinese National Games in Shenyang on Tuesday afternoon in northeast China's Liaoning Province. Photos: Imagine China

The Beijing delegation on Tuesday night apologized for its women's rugby team's match-throwing farce at the 12th Chinese National Games in Shenyang on Tuesday afternoon.

In a letter of apology, the delegation said the improper behavior seriously damaged the Beijing sporting image and the ongoing National Games, having huge impact on the rugby development.

"The Beijing delegation held an urgent meeting after the match, strongly criticized its women's rugby team, and decided to severely punish those responsible for the scandal after the thorough investigation," the letter said.

The letter also urged all the athletes of the Beijing delegation to learn a lesson and respect referees, opponents and spectators in the competitions.

Simultaneously, the Beijing women's rugby team also issued a letter of apology.

Beijing had been widely favored for the women's gold in rugby's debut at the National Games, but in the final, Shandong scored two tries to jump 10-0 up soon after the start.

The Spanish umpire awarded Shandong another try in the second half, a decision which Beijing players claimed "wrong". The Beijing players then refused to play and stood still on the pitch, only to see their opponents score easily and eventually win by an incredible scoreline of 71-0.

"The umpire was biased in favor of the Shandong team. It's too obvious," Beijing coach Jiang Xuming said angrily after the game.

But rugby's jury committee at the ongoing National Games was quick to defend the umpire.

"We've come to the conclusion that the umpire's ruling is fair and correct after our review of the match videos," the committee said in a statement.

Players from Beijing women's rugby team refuse to play at the 12th Chinese National Games in Shenyang on Tuesday afternoon in northeast China's Liaoning Province.

Players from Beijing women's rugby team refuse to play at the 12th Chinese National Games in Shenyang on Tuesday afternoon in northeast China's Liaoning Province.

 


 


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