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S. Korean short track coach banned for assaulting athlete lands China job: report

A former South Korean national short track coach banned for assaulting an athlete has landed a job in China, a news report said Saturday.

Xinhua News Agency in China said two South Korean-born coaches are set to finalize their contracts with the Chinese national team.

Cho Jae-beom is one and Song Jae-kun, who has been coaching in China since 2015, is the other South Korean native on the staff.

Shim Suk-hee (Yonhap)
Shim Suk-hee (Yonhap)

Cho is back to coaching just four months after receiving a lifetime ban from the Korea Skating Union for hitting Shim Suk-hee, one of the country's biggest short track stars, during practice.

The incident happened weeks before the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, but Shim regrouped in time to help South Korea capture the gold medal in the women's 3,000-meter relay. It was Shim's second consecutive Olympic title in the relay event.

Though Cho is free to work outside South Korea, his presence on the rink side for China during international races will likely cause a distraction among South Korean skaters. The two countries have been locked in short track rivalry for years.

One KSU official said he had heard rumors that Cho would move to China but that he had no idea the former South Korea coach would join the Chinese national team. (Yonhap)