Coach suspended after scuffle with daughter
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.
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