|PLEA FOR JUSTICE: Nia Abdallah, seated third from left, has received worldwide support in her appeal over losing an Olympic trial tae kwon do match that many feel she should have won.|
2004 Tae-kwon-do silver medalist denied Beijing trip after controversial decision
HOUSTON – “When I won the silver medal in 2004 I was depressed because I felt I’d failed my country when I didn’t win the gold. Afterwards, I totally dedicated myself to winning the gold in 2008. Now this,” said Nia Abdallah, at a recent press conference and rally.
This was her first statement since being robbed of her Olympic dream in a controversial and unfairly judged Tae Kwon Do Olympic trial match versus Diana Lopez.
Abdallah is recorded in history as the first U.S. woman to ever medal in Tae Kwon Do since it became an official Olympic sport. She is the first and only African-American to medal in the sport.
She also holds the record for the most points ever scored in Olympic Tae Kwon Do competition. She is also a member of the Tae Kwon Do Hall of Fame and the Black Belt Hall of Fame.
“When I was 4 years old I told my grandfather, who was a fan of Jesse Owens, that one day I was going to win the Olympics. Since a little girl I have been headed in this direction. I’m still in shock,” Abdallah stated. “This is not sour grapes with me.”
“I just don’t want the next kid to go through what I’m going through.”
There is a worldwide movement afoot to get justice for the 2004 Olympic Tae Kwon Do Silver Medalist. Ms. Abdallah was robbed by the 2008 United States Olympic Committee in her Des Moines, Iowa Olympic trial match against Diana Lopez of the newly famed Lopez family who is now appearing in many corporate sponsored commercials.
Videos of the taped battle have been circulating aggressively over the internet where 99% of the viewers vote Abdallah the winner “hands down”. Countless blogs have been on fire with controversy over the injustice and letters are flying off to the USOC committee demanding answers.
Abdallah trounced Lopez so convincingly that the crowd erupted into boos when Lopez was declared the winner. Much has been made of the Lopez family being the first American trio of siblings to compete in the Olympics since 1904.
But supporters of Ms. Abdallah have stated that the Lopez family is faking history, not making history.
“I thought it was an outrage…I have heard from Taekwondo stylists all over the country who are outraged by the poor judging,” said Floyd Burke of Black Belt Magazine in a released statement.
“I have watched and watched the video and Nia could have scored as many as four points in sudden death alone. Nia won hands down,” said Alan Schein, co-author of the book Tae Kwon Do Basics and an international press correspondent for Masters Magazine.
Supporters of Abdallah are in protest of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s decision to publicly rob the American people of the most qualified athletic representative in that weight class.
They are also challenging all Tae Kwon Do athletes and enthusiasts in attendance in Beijing to stand and turn their backs moments before Diana Lopez competes in remembrance of the TKD principle of honor that was violated to advance her to the Olympics.
To view the fight and read more details please visit wesupportnia.blogspot.com or www.myspace.com/wesupportnia.