Lim Hyo-jun has originally been hailed as one of South Korea’s most promising young athletes.
His first Olympic Games were the 2018 Winter Olympics which were held in his own home country.
Having trained in skating since childhood, Lim won the gold medal in the Men’s 1500 m event in short track speed skating.
Furthermore, in his first Olympic games, he set a new Olympic record for the Men’s 1500 m event in short track speed skating.
Regardless of his achievements, the Korean Skating Union announced this week that Lim has been punished after it was verified that he had sexually harassed a male skater.
It was reported that on June 17 2019, Lim Hyo-jun pulled down the pants of a male teammate, in the presence of female skaters.
The incident took place at the Jincheon National Training Center, and the teammate was reported to be younger than Kim Hyo-jun.
In immediate response, the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee originally banned all skaters on the national men’s and women’s teams from the Jincheon training center for a month.
After reviewing CCTV footage of the incident, as well as interviewing Lim, the male teammate and other witnesses, the KSU concluded that Lim had sexually harrassed his teammate.
Due to the seriousness of the situation, the KSU has decided to ban Lim Hyo-jun from all skating-related activities for one year.
He will not be able to resume skating until August 7, 2020.