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Newz Forum: OLYMPICS: Coach Reportedly Hits Female Athlete For Losing

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posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 02:30 PM
ATHENS, Greece (Reuters) - A South Korean judo coach has been suspended from his duties for hitting a female judoka at the Athens Olympics, team officials said on Tuesday.

Suh Joung-bok struck Ye Gue-rin around the neck after she lost a bout earlier this week, earning a prompt suspension when the International Judo Federation (IJF) became involved.

"The (ITJ) told us to withdraw him and so we have had to withdraw him," a South Korean official said, adding that Suh would not be sent home immediately.

The IJF ordered an immediate investigation after a Canadian athlete said he saw Suh hit Ye in a hallway having failed to reach the semi-finals of the women's 48-kg division.

Asian sport traditionally follows a strict code of discipline and many trainers view hitting as a legitimate coaching method.

South Korea's head judo coach Kim Do-jun said Suh had only "lightly hit" Ye.

However, the IJF took a stronger line, asking the South Koreans for a full explanation of the incident.

"Obviously, we cannot tolerate such behavior," IFJ media officer Michel Brousse told Reuters. "We don’t want this kind of thing to happen."


posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 07:21 PM
sounds like a case of confused mores.

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