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Coach suspended after scuffle with daughter

3/29/2007

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Ukraine team official Mihail Zubkov
was suspended by world swimming authorities on Wednesday for
assaulting his daughter Kateryna, a swimmer, at the world
championships.

FINA's temporary ban bars Zubkov from working as a coach or
official under its jurisdiction until a final decision has been
made, following an appeal by his lawyer.

In TV footage captured on Tuesday, Zubkov was shown scuffling
with his 18-year-old daughter, Kateryna Zubkova, at Rod Laver
Arena.

Zubkov, who is Kateryna's coach, was stripped of his
accreditation at the event and banned by Australian officials from
making any contact with his daughter. He is due to appear at
Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Thursday, where police will seek to
extend an intervention order -- forbidding Zubkov from going within
200 meters of his daughter -- until he leaves Australia at the end
of the week.

The footage by host broadcaster the Nine Network showed Zubkov
swinging and trying to aggressively grab his daughter against her
will, and it concluded with the father attempting to comfort the
swimmer by embracing her on the floor. The altercation ended when
Nine Network staff alerted police.

The woman did not require any medical treatment.

She won her 50-meter backstroke heat on Wednesday, but did not
qualify for the semifinals.