Skating Federation “Short track, World Championships ‘team kill’ controversy was not intentional”

Park Ji-won (left) and Hwang Dae-heon of the Korean short track team are returning to Korea through Incheon International Airport Terminal 2 on the afternoon of the 19th. Ji-won Park lost her balance due to a foul by Dae-heon Hwang during the men’s 1000m final at the 2024 International Skating Union (ISU) World Short Track Championships held at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands on the 17th and was unable to finish the race. The two athletes previously clashed in the men’s 1,500m final at the World Championships on the 16th.

The Korea Skating Federation concluded that there was ‘no intent’ regarding the so-called ‘team kill’ controversy that occurred at the 2024 International Skating Union (ISU) Short Track World Championships.

The Ice Skating Federation said, “An investigation committee composed of short track experts and others analyzed the video of a series of collisions between Hwang Dae-heon (Gangwon Provincial Office) and Park Ji-won (Seoul City Hall) that occurred in the men’s 1,500m and 1,000m finals at the World Championships on the 22nd. “In addition, as a result of conducting an investigation into the national team leaders and players, we found that there was no intention and no intention to kill the team,” he said on the 25th.

The Ice Skating Federation said, “It is very unfortunate that collisions between our athletes possess world-class skills, but due to the nature of short track sports where competition for rankings is fiercer than records, collisions between athletes can occur accidentally. “This conflict is also an extension of that,” he explained.

He said, “We will strive to focus on education and thorough player management so that the national team players can become part of the same team,” and “We apologize for causing concern to the public, including short track fans.”

Hwang Dae-heon, who caused the conflict, expressed his intention to apologize directly to Park Ji-won.

During the investigation, Hwang Dae-heon said, “It was not intentional, but I am truly sorry for causing damage to Park Ji-won due to my play,” and added, “As soon as Park Ji-won returns from Japan after completing training with his team, I plan to visit him and personally apologize.”

He continued, “I am sorry to my fellow athletes as well as the fans who love and love short track racing for the concern that (this collision) was intentional and a team kill. I am sorry for disappointing the people.” I bowed my head once. Previously, Dae-heon Hwang collided with Ji-won Park, who was in the lead, while running forward in the 1500m finals of the World Championships held on the 16th. Due to this collision, Park Ji-won was pushed back, and Hwang Dae-heon crossed the finish line first, but was disqualified. Their clash continued the next day, the 17th. In the men’s 1000m final, Hwang Dae-heon was leading, but when Park Ji-won entered the in-course, a collision occurred with Hwang Dae-heon again. Both Hwang Dae-heon and Park Ji-won fell and their medals flew away. As a result of the video review, it was determined that Dae-heon Hwang had unreasonably blocked the race when Ji-won Park had already succeeded in overtaking, and Dae-heon Hwang was disqualified. 토토사이트

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