What’s really going on between the referee and teenage net winner

The next time an official disputes a decision made at the Rio Olympics, it’s coming from the chair of the International Olympic Committee. Peng Shuai’s fight with Shuai Feng of China went on for…

What's really going on between the referee and teenage net winner

The next time an official disputes a decision made at the Rio Olympics, it’s coming from the chair of the International Olympic Committee.

Peng Shuai’s fight with Shuai Feng of China went on for months and was the topic of controversy at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

The 15-year-old began the tournament with a four-point lead after the first round, but was pipped by Peng Shuai at the net in the bronze medal match.

When the match ended with Zhang Qianguang winning the title 7-5, the Chinese had won a silver medal in their first Olympics since 2008.

After the match, Peng said: “I am sad. In the last match, after I scored two points for three points in the last point I couldn’t beat Zhang on her serve.”

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This earned one official notice from the Olympic officials.

But the IOC says that “in accordance with the rules, a second official will be made available to have a second view.”

The IOC told CNN the first match officials told Peng Shuai they were going to the video replay and then handed the paper to Zhang.

“In the same situation the next time there is a video review, there will be two referees available, who will be able to request more time than the first round, if they needed the time to see the replay themselves.”

(CNN’s calls and emails to the IOC went unanswered.)

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