South Korean coach struck one of his athletes
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 to the IJF, Brousse said.
"We have received a letter of apology and note that he has been expelled by the Korean Federation," he said.
The 22-year-old Ye made the quarterfinals of the tournament and lost. In the repechages, or second chance rounds, she also lost.
In another case, a three-person IJF panel plans to review the circumstances surrounding an Iranian athlete who was disqualified for being overweight before he was to face an Israeli opponent.
Arash Miresmaeili, a favorite in the under-146-pound (66-kg) class, was quoted earlier by the Iranian press agency IRNA as saying:"I refused to play against an Israeli rival to sympathize with the oppressed Palestinian people."
Brousse said that Miresmaeili was asked to meet with the panel Thursday.
"We want to know if he was overweight accidentally or intentionally," Brousse said."And the reasons why."
"He has to respect the values of the IOC and judo," Brousse said.
An Iranian government spokesman has said it was Tehran's "definite policy ... not to meet any Israeli in any international arena."
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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