Sunday, March 14, 2021 19:05 PM (GMT + 7)
(Sports news, behind-the-scenes news) Seriously punished for the offensive behavior of the Korean Olympic team star leaving China.
Once again, speed skater Lim Hyo Jun surprised the Korean sports industry. The 22-year-old athlete has just changed his nationality, he joined China for the 2022 Winter Olympics. It will be Lim’s second Winter Olympics, before that he attended the Olympics in his native Korea, Pyeongchang 2018, won the gold medal of 1,500m and the bronze medal of the 500m in speed skating race.
Lim Hyo Jun was banned from playing because he “humiliated” his teammates in front of many people
In 2020, the 24-year-old athlete was found guilty of sexually harassing a colleague when he dropped the pants of a male team-mate in front of everyone’s eyes at the Korean national training center. The Korean Skating Federation banned Lim from playing for a year, starting from August 2019. Until now, Lim’s punishment has expired, but the Supreme Court of Korea still wants to remove Lim from the Winter Olympics in Beijing 2022.
Facing the risk of not attending the 2022 Winter Olympics, he decided to become a citizen of China to fight for this country. According to Korean television station MBC, the 24-year-old player arrived in China on March 5, he received a new passport and waited for the date of joining the Chinese team when completing the Covid-19 quarantine process. .
According to Brion, Lim’s management company, the 24-year-old athlete did the right thing: “Before a long legal battle, it is difficult for Lim to represent Korea, greatly affecting his ambition to win the second Olympic gold at Beijing. He has not been able to practice in Korea for the past 2 years, this decision allows him to continue with his passion. “
Lim is not the first Korean figure skating star to change nationality. In 2011, Ahn Hyun Soo, who won 3 Winter Olympic gold medals, acquired Russian citizenship and competed in Sochi under the name Victor Ahn. Before that he was injured so he was dismissed from the Korean skating team.
South Korea is the sports powerhouse in Asia and regularly finishes in the top 10 on the medals table at the Summer and Winter Olympics.
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