Handball players suspended for drinking at training center

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Handball players suspended for drinking at training center

Eight members of the Korean men’s handball team have been suspended for two months for drinking inside their national training facility.

The Korea Handball Federation (KHF) announced the punishment against the players on Wednesday and added that head coach Cho Young-shin stepped down to take responsibility for the incident that took place in August at the Jincheon National Training Center in Jincheon, North Chungcheong.

Drinking is prohibited for athletes at the Jincheon facility. According to national team officials, the suspended players, most of whom are national team mainstays, had beers in their dormitory after returning from a European training camp to beat their jet lag.

The KHF said assistant coach Kang Il-koo will take over as the new bench boss, and he’ll have to guide a gutted team to the Asian qualifying tournament for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics starting on Oct. 17 in Qatar.

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