Junna Tsukii finds decision ‘unfair’ after settling for SEA Games karate silver
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 7) — Filipino-Japanese Junna Tsukii was disappointed with the judge’s decision as she settled for silver medal in the women’s karate -50kg kumite in the 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia on Saturday night.
After her interview with reporters, Tsukii posted her sentiments on her personal Facebook account. She thanked her supporters but said she was sad as it was “not the color of the medal I wanted.”
“I lost the final by the referee’s decision,” the athlete wrote. “I was convinced that I had won while waiting for the referee’s call, because according to the rules of karate, the referee raises the flag to whoever is the most aggressive and controls the game.”
“However, I am sorry but I did not stand on the podium because I do not want to be able to accept the unfair judges this time,” she added.
Tsukii went to a tiebreaker match with Malaysia’s Shahmalarani Chandran after scoring 1-1.
The Filipino bet managed to knock down Chandran, but the judges gave the point to the Malaysian athlete.
Tsukii said she’s not saying she should be given the gold medal, but she wants the decision to be fair.
She won the gold in the same event in the 2019 SEA Games held in the Philippines and in the 2022 World Games in Birmingham, United States.
The Philippine karate team secured a gold medal in the 2023 SEA Games from Sakura Alforte in the women’s individual kata event.