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South Korean coach struck one of his athletes

Updated: August 18, 2004, 12:53 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- A South Korean judo coach was expelled from his country's sports federation for apparently hitting one of his athletes after she lost a bout, an official said Wednesday.

Suh Joung-bok was expelled by the South Korean Federation after a journalist reported seeing him strike Ye Gue-rin after she lost in the 105½-pound (48-kg) tournament Saturday, said Michel Brousse, spokesman for the International Judo Federation.

The South Korean Federation apologized ...

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