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Olympics: Leading Korean skating official resigns after Sochi flop

Published on Mar 17, 2014 4:59 PM
 
Viktor Ahn (front) and Vladimir Grigorev of the winning Russian team hold up their national flag after the men's 5,000 metres short track speed skating final relay race at the Iceberg Skating Palace in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 21, 2014. The powerful vice-chairman of the Korean Skating Union (KSU), Jeon Myung Gyu, resigned on Monday, March 17, 2014, as South Korea moved to put a disappointing Sochi Olympics behind it and start building for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (REUTERS) - The powerful vice-chairman of the Korean Skating Union (KSU), Jeon Myung Gyu, resigned on Monday as South Korea moved to put a disappointing Sochi Olympics behind it and start building for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games.

The KSU came under fire after the men's short track team failed to win a medal in Sochi, while Viktor Ahn, who won three golds for Korea in 2006 before switching allegiance to Russia, took three more titles for his adopted country.

Speculation was rife that factional infighting and favouritism was behind Ahn's switch, and President Park Geun Hye ordered an investigation into the case.

However, a KSU official told Reuters on Monday that Jeon's decision to step down was based purely on the Sochi disappointment.

 
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