Seoul, South Korea — best South Korean officials on Monday for a public apology and promised to delve into the death of a swimmer who was reported by the state and sports organizations that she insulted her trainer, physical therapist and co-workers.
Choi Suk-Hyun, 22, was found dead late last month, after sending the mobile to ask the mother to reveal the crimes of the people who abused her. Later, public outrage erupted after revelations in the media that the authorities do not act quickly, though Choi was was petitions about the alleged violations with several governmental and sports organizations.
On Monday, sports Minister Park young-Woo said at a meeting of the parliamentary Committee that he “feels responsible” for her death and apologized to the family of the deceased and the South Korean public.
Deputy sports Minister Choi young-Hee said at the meeting that 20 members of the investigative group was launched last week to find why the authorities do not respond properly on the athlete’s motions and whether the activities of the Supervisory or support the organs function in proper way.
“We will investigate,” – said the Deputy Minister. “We will severely punish those” responsible for Choi Suk-Hyun’s death.
During a meeting with the BP team coach, identified by the legislator as Kim Kyu-Bong, and two athletes accused of abuse Choi said they never beat or abused her.
The reason for Choi’s death was ruled a suicide. Public prosecutors to separately investigate allegations of abuse she made before her death, According to the Korea sports and Olympic Committee.
Last week, world governing body of triathlon, has expressed his shock over the death of Choi and asked the local triathlon Federation and Olympic Committee, South Korea to share information about her case.
The alleged violations occurred when Choi belonged to the team of the local government of the city of Gyeongju in the South-East.
Earlier on Monday, two of her former teammates told reporters that they and Choi was beaten and suffer from abuse and other violations by the coach of their team, physiotherapist and senior colleagues. One of them said that she and Choi were once forced to eat 200,000 won ($167) worth of bread before dawn as punishment for gaining weight.
Two women asked their names not revealed, citing concerns that the coverage in the media will harm their private life.
Choi, a Junior, bronze medalist of Asian championship 2015 triathlon, was first picked for the national team in 2015, while still in high school. Her last major race was in October, when she finished the championship in South Korea on 14-m a place.
Abusive treatment of athletes was deep-rooted problems in South Korea, which considers achievements in the Olympic games and other international sports events as national pride. Athletes often live in dormitories, where trainers often exercise power and control and they skip school from an early age in order to be successful at sports competitions, leaving them with a lower level of education and profession, making it more difficult for them to resist unjust treatment, experts say.
In recent years South Korean athletes, wrestlers, judo and Taekwondo players accused their male coaches of sexual violence over them. Members of the silver medal of the country’s Olympic Curling team, cheered as the garlic girls in the famous hometown of produce, has accused his former coaches of the insults and keep the prize money.
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