A beleaguered South Korean curling official says he and his family will leave the sport for good as the government investigates their alleged abusive treatment of the “Garlic Girls,” the country’s hugely popular Olympic silver medalists.

Former Korean Curling Federation vice-president Kim Kyung-doo said Tuesday he offers a “sincere apology” to the athletes and also for causing “great disappointment” to the public.

Kim admitted to accusations that he verbally abused members of the team, saying he had been “unskilled” in expression. However, Kim has been denying more serious accusations, including holding back donations and prize money from the team. Kim’s statement was sent to reporters hours before the Sports Ministry decided to extend its inquiry into the allegations by two weeks until Dec. 21 to look deeper into the suspicion of financial wrongdoings.

Kim and his family had extensive control over the team with his daughter, Kim Min-jung, being the coach and her husband the mixed doubles coach.

The five-member women’s curling team became an overnight sensation after their improbable silver medal run in February’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Their nickname is a nod to the famous garlic produced in their hometown in Uiseong, in southern South Korea, where they met and began playing together as teenagers.


Baku, Azerbaijan: The International Gymnastics Federation approved a $2 million project to safeguard athletes after an American sex abuse scandal. The governing body says the Gymnastics Ethics Foundation will have a help desk for athletes, judicial panels to prosecute and judge cases, and a compliance section to monitor good governance.

FIG acted in response to “abuse cases in the United States which so shocked the world of gymnastics.”

At a biennial congress, FIG member federations also incorporated the free-running sport of parkour as an official discipline. Parkour organizers campaigned against FIG using the hashtag #WeAreNotGymnastics.


Sarah Beard (women’s three-position rifle) and Tim Sherry (men’s) won the Smallbore Rifle Selection Match at the Colorado Springs Olympic Shooting Center.

... IOC President Thomas Bach and other International Olympic Committee members are calling Tokyo the best prepared host city in recent memory.

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