Seoul (CNN)Officials in South Korea will interview thousands of adult and child athletes about a culture of alleged abuse in sports, following a series of dramatic revelations from female skaters. Last week, an 18-year-old skater told CNN how she was physically and sexually abused by coaches throughout much of her career. She came forward with the allegations after multiple Olympic gold medalist Shim Suk-hee accused a former coach of raping her. “The recent series of testimonies about violence and sexual assault in the sports industry represent our shame that has been hidden beneath the glorious appearance of Korea as a sports powerhouse,” South Korean President Moon Jae-in said after Shim’s revelations. On Tuesday, South Korea’s human rights commission said it would open an investigation into the matter, covering 50 sports and including both child and adult athletes across a range of levels. “The seriousness of assaults including sexual assaults in the industry has reached a situation that can no longer be overlooked,” commission chairwoman Choi Young-ae told reporters. “It’s a crucial time to establish a fundamental and comprehensive improvement plan, rather than a temporary one.” Read More Whistle blowers have long pointed to the culture of South Korean sports –… Read full this story
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