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
"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
An Iranian government spokesman has said it was Tehran's
"definite policy ... not to meet any Israeli in any international