Judo world champion Wang locked for life for sexual assault

Judo world champion Wang locked for life for sexual assault

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Ki-Chun Wang (L) of South Korea celebrates after taking gold medal by beating Chol Su Kim (R) of North Korea in the men’s -73kg class at the World Judo Championships in Rotterdam on August 27, 2009. AFP PHOTO / ANP / ROBERT VOS netherlands out – belgium out belgium out (Photo by MARCEL ANTONISSE / ANP / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARCEL ANTONISSE / AFP / Getty Images)

Two-time judo world champion Wang Ki Chun has been banned for life by the national association for sexual assault on teenagers. The 31-year-old was arrested earlier this month for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor. If convicted, he faces a life sentence.

The Korean judo association unanimously banned the silver medalist from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games because of the incident and ended his career. However, Wang had not appeared in sports since 2016.

The association said it had taken Wang’s “inappropriate behavior,” which undermines the “integrity and social status of judo sport,” into its lifelong ban decision, the Yonhap news agency said.

Just last week, South Korean short track Olympic champion Lim Hyo Jun was sentenced to therapy hours and a fine for sexual harassment. The 23-year-old, six-time world champion and gold medalist over the 1500 m in Pyeongchang, had pulled down the pants of a team-mate at the national training base in front of other athletes.


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