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State audit agency to look into sports management

The Sports Ministry said Wednesday it has requested that a state audit agency conduct a probe into how athletes, coaches and national training center facilities are being managed.

The request follows a series of sports scandals in skating and judo, including alleged sexual assaults, that have been belatedly exposed. Olympic short track champion Shim Suk-hee recently accused her former coach Cho Jae-beom of sexually assaulting her for years, and, encouraged by Shim’s action, former judoka Shin Yu-yong asserted that her high school coach sexually abused her.

“We asked the Board of Audit and Inspection (BAI) on Friday to look into the overall situation of the management of the members and coaches of national teams given that cases of sexual assault and violence had taken place at Jincheon and Taereung National Training Centers,” senior official Oh Young-woo said during a briefing session on the scandals.

BAI will decide on an audit within one month after making an on-site inspection and announce the outcome of any audits within six months.

The ministry is also studying ways to allow the National Human Rights Commission to join probes into alleged sexual assaults, and will actively support the launch of a sports ethics center, the official said.

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