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South Korean Olympic Medalist Accuses Coach Of Rape

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South Korean two- time Olympic gold medallist, Shim Suk-hee, has accused her former coach, Cho Jae-beom , of repeatedly sexually assaulting her since she was 17 years old .

21 year old Shim Suk-hee is a member of ’s national short-track speed skating team and a two-time Olympic gold medalist.

The New York Times reports that Mr . Cho, 38 , was sacked as national team coach shortly before the start of the 2018 Winter in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on allegations of “ violent abuse ” against athletes.

In September, he was sentenced to 10 months in prison for physically assaulting four athletes, including Shim, between 2011 and the run – up to the Pyeongchang Games .

There have been allegation among sports analysts that South Korea’s glory in short- track speed skating has been built on a brutal training regimen that included beatings and other forms of violence .

Speaking through his lawyers , coach Cho denied raping Shim, while the Police said that they had confiscated Cho’s cellphone and computers to look for criminal evidence .

Shim’s accusations against her former coach have sent shock waves through the country’s sports community , as the athlete has won more than 20 gold medals in international competitions since 2012 , including a gold in the 3,000-meter team relay at the 2014 Winter Olympics. She also won the same medal in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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