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Jarring Images Show Japanese Gymnast Handing $100 Bills To Judges To Appeal A Score (It's LEGAL)
Business Insider ^ | 07/31/2012 | Tony Manfred

Posted on 07/31/2012 7:27:00 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Chaos struck the men's team gymnastics competition in London yesterday when the Japanese team was awarded the silver medal after originally coming in fourth.

Here's what went down:

Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura stumbled off the pommel horse in the last event of the competition, and the judges gave him a terrible score — leaving Japan in fourth place behind China, Great Britain, and Ukraine.

But the Japanese team thought the judges mis-scored Uchimura's routine, so they appealed. And that's when things got interesting.

There's a rule in Olympic gymnastics that says teams must pay a fee to make an appeal. So the Japan team gave the judges a stack of $100's, and it was totally legal.

According to Yahoo's Maggie Hendricks, who is an expert in these sorts of things, "The money is there to make sure teams don't make capricious challenges."

"A smart national governing body sends their team with an envelope of cash for this very reason," Hendricks added.

Ultimately, it's probably a good policy. But given the amount of conspiracy theories surrounding Olympic judging, the images of the Japan coach handing the judges straight-up cash is still pretty jarring.

Japan's appeal was successful, and the wad of $100s was returned:

japan cash appeal

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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: japan; londonolympics; moneytoappeal; olympics

1 posted on 07/31/2012 7:27:06 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

those were North Korean super bills, no crime was committed. /s


2 posted on 07/31/2012 7:29:17 AM PDT by Loud Mime (Defeat Obama. Everything else is secondary)
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To: SeekAndFind

Japs watching too many Chicago style politics movies.


3 posted on 07/31/2012 7:30:58 AM PDT by duckman (Dr Ben Carlson: Vision Not Division.)
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To: SeekAndFind

GIve new meaning to “pay to play”


4 posted on 07/31/2012 7:32:38 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I am imagining this is how Obamacare will end up working - except I don’t get the wad of hundreds back...


5 posted on 07/31/2012 7:34:05 AM PDT by ghost of nixon
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To: SeekAndFind

it’s MANDATORY.

You pay for the appeal, and if your appeal is upheld, the money is returned.


6 posted on 07/31/2012 7:37:15 AM PDT by babble-on
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To: SeekAndFind
Could we try this at home?


7 posted on 07/31/2012 7:38:27 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Raycpa

How else do you think he came up with his ruling?


8 posted on 07/31/2012 7:42:16 AM PDT by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ve been in NRA Regionals where there is a fee to challenge a score. Lose the challenge, lose the $, win the challenge, you get our dollar back.


9 posted on 07/31/2012 7:54:45 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: SeekAndFind

The Olympics is merely the UN of sports—which is why it holds very little appeal for me.


10 posted on 07/31/2012 7:59:07 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: SeekAndFind

The bribe was returned because someone got a picture of it.


11 posted on 07/31/2012 8:00:51 AM PDT by DManA
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To: SeekAndFind

Although it’s a good idea to institute a penalty to keep “capricious challenges” to a minimum, shelling out $$ has the appearance of impropriety. Perhaps, in keeping with the Olympic spirit, Tanya Harding could be on hand to kneecap the challenging athlete should they lose their challenge...??


12 posted on 07/31/2012 8:07:50 AM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: DManA

The bribe was returned because someone got a picture of it.

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EXACTLY!!


13 posted on 07/31/2012 8:18:12 AM PDT by parthian shot
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To: SeekAndFind

I thought the Japanese had some horrible cultural taboo about handling cash?


14 posted on 07/31/2012 8:18:24 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

That is actually a GOOD sign!!!

US dollars are STILL Number 1!!!

Not euros, not pounds sterling, not renminbi, not rubles.... haha...


15 posted on 07/31/2012 8:20:27 AM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: ghost of nixon

Yeah, and that will just be to go on the waiting list for whatever medical care or treatment you need.


16 posted on 07/31/2012 8:21:52 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: SeekAndFind
I watched this go down last night and thought it was awful. But lousy judging is an Olympic tradition. It wouldn't be the Olympics without something like the USA vs. USSR men's basketball deal in Munich in '72.

I disagree that it was "jarring," however. The announcers explained that a fee had to be paid to make an appeal, that the money was kept if the appeal was rejected, and returned if it was approved. The judges returned the money. So that's not the problem here.

I still agree it was a lousy call, though. That Japanese guy's "handstand" was awful.

17 posted on 07/31/2012 8:27:04 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: fishtank

Probably returned because it was dollars and not euros.


18 posted on 07/31/2012 8:59:06 AM PDT by rightsmart
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To: rightsmart

Actually, they would have preferred the stronger YEN :)


19 posted on 07/31/2012 9:02:50 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: 9YearLurker

YEAH, I’m with you....I learned something interesting....did you know that there is a MAXIMUM amount of clothing the women volleyball players can wear? YES, MAXIMUM! They would like to wear more, but are not allowed to.


20 posted on 07/31/2012 9:07:40 AM PDT by goodnesswins (What has happened to America?)
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To: SeekAndFind
"The plaintiff's attorney asked for a private conference; afterwards, I discovered an envelope containing two thousand dollars on the chair he'd been sitting in. The defendant's attorney also asked for a private conference; he left an envelope containing three thousand dollars. The defendant's attorney will now approach the bench to receive a refund of one thousand dollars, after which I will hear both sides and judge the case according to its merits."
21 posted on 07/31/2012 9:32:41 AM PDT by Wise Hectare
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To: Zionist Conspirator
Zionist Conspirator said: "... that the money was kept if the appeal was rejected, and returned if it was approved. The judges returned the money. So that's not the problem here. "

The term "conflict of interest" does not imply that anybody did something wrong. It merely indicates that the interests of some party are conflicted.

The key question in this case is not what happened, but what would have happened if the appeal was not successful. Where does the money end up if the appeal had been UNSUCCESSFUL? Do the judges get to keep the money? Is the money donated to charity? Does the money go to support future Olympic activities?

Passing cash directly to a sporting event judge is bad practice no matter how honest the participants are. Who keeps the cash during the appeals process? Is the money secure? Are receipts issued for the cash? Is a second receipt completed to document the return of the cash?

22 posted on 07/31/2012 9:44:47 AM PDT by William Tell
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To: goodnesswins

Ha, no—but I should have guessed!


23 posted on 07/31/2012 9:48:40 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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