The so called Girls who swept to fame throughout their stirring run to a curling silver medal have alleged that they had been abused by a South Korea officer and exposed to unreasonable requests from coaches.
South Korea’s sports ministry on Wednesday announced a joint investigation with the national Olympic committee to the allegations.
The 5 member women’s curling team sparked national attention to their sport in Feb before losing to Sweden in the final on home ice in the Pyeongchang Olympics. The team delivered a letter to the Korean Sports and Olympics Committee a week ago to outline their allegations.
The girls, from a province famous for its garlic, its hearts captured in a nation that hardly comprehended purification before and became generally desired models for commercials.
The attention was great throughout the games their coach took away their cellphones to protect the curlers from any pressure. The Garlic Girls lost to Sweden in the gold medal match. At the letter, Kim Eun jung, Kim Son Yong and Kim Cho hee and also the sisters Kim Yeong-ae and Kim Yeong-mi accused former Korean curling federation VP Kim Kyong doo of verbal abuse and group coaches of giving unreasonable orders and subjecting their personal lives to excessive control.
The human rights of the athletes are being violated, the athletes, the first Asian team to acquire a curling silver,” wrote. We have reached a point where it became unbearable.”
The curlers accused coaches of holding back prize money and seeking to sideline captain Kim Eun jung after learning of her plans to start a family.
The coaches tried to rule Kim Eun jung off the group after she got married in July, a letter stated. They split the jump and the staff captain’s role to minimize Kim Eun Jung standing on the group. They also tried not to comprise Kim Eun jung in group training.”
The players they no longer want to work with head coach Kim Min jung, daughter of Kim Kyung doo, and her husband, Jang Ban seok, who’s mixed doubles coach. The coaching team deny the allegations.
Kim Eun had a plan to have a child, and as a coach, in that case, we will need to think about using a brand new dumpster, Jang said in a statement. We have never trained in a manner that would lead to some curler being kicked off the team.” . Jang denied any capital had been withheld from the athletes, saying that the group agreed that the prize money could be spent on overseas training and competitions.
We believed it wasn’t right to disperse the prize money to every athlete for personal use, because that money was got as a national group supported by the KSOC along with other sports organizations. He explained. In addition to that, money obtained from non sporting events was all paid into the curlers private accounts.” The investigation will begin next week and will comprise officials from the sports ministry, the national Olympic committee and the team’s home province of North Gyeongsang.