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
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."