1/16/2004 2:44am, #1
Taekwondo top guy resigns post due to alleged corruption
IOC vice president quits South Korean parliament, Taekwondo top post
Thu Jan 8,10:35 PM ET
SEOUL, (AFP) - International Olympic Committee (news - web sites) vice president Kim Un-Yong, who is facing investigation for alleged corruption, has resigned as lawmaker and as chief of Korean martial art Taekwondo governing body.
"I have decided to quit as parliamentarian, World Taekwondo Federation president and Taekwondo Training Center chief," Kim told reporters at South Korea (news - web sites)'s parliament building.
He said he felt "responsible for lots of troubles related to my sports diplomacy."
Kim, 72, has been summoned by prosecutors twice for questioning over the past two weeks.
Last month, prosecutors raided his residence and office to seize documents and a safe in which, according to Yonhap news agency, one million US dollars was found.
Investigators said Kim claimed the foreign currency found at his home was part of 1.5 million dollars he had previously promised to donate North Korea (news - web sites) for inter-Korean sports exchanges.
Prosecutors say Kim's claims are hard to verify as it is virtually impossible for South Korea to question North Korean authorities.
Last month prosecutors arrested Lee Kwang-Tae, a former Korea Olympic Committee (KOC) member who was in office from November 2000 to July 2002, for alleged corruption. Lee was indicted on Monday.
Prosecutors refused to elaborate on Lee's corruption charges, but South Korean media have said Lee is suspected of providing 100 million won (85,000 dollars) to Kim to help secure his KOC membership.
Kim said in a statement on December 22 that he was innocent, denouncing media reports which described him as "a corrupt figure."
He was one of several IOC members implicated in a corruption investigation surrounding the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics (news - web sites).
1/16/2004 9:58am, #2
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1/16/2004 10:05am, #3
It's only illegal if you get caught."Onward we stagger, and if the tanks come, may God help the tanks." - Col. William O. Darby
1/16/2004 10:35am, #4
yes, this has been ongoing. Very ugly. The North Korean connection yet another turn.
1/16/2004 10:55am, #5
It's a friggin witch hunt. The Hyundai CEO threw himself out a window not too long ago due to similar allegations."Onward we stagger, and if the tanks come, may God help the tanks." - Col. William O. Darby
1/16/2004 11:07am, #6
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1/16/2004 11:27am, #7
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They for got to add, "for fooling people into believing WTF TKD could be used as self defense"
1/18/2004 4:34am, #8
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Don't thik TKD had anything to do with it....guy was just stupid.Official member of the CBK club
Rule #376-Never mess with a CBK!
I make the devil go to church.
1/28/2004 4:58am, #9
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Taekwondo Faces Crisis
JANUARY 25, 2004 23:07
by Hwan-Soo Zang
Will Taekwondo be kicked out of the Olympic Games?
“As the International Olympic Council has decided to suspend Kim
Un-yong, the vice president of IOC, who is under investigation for
suspicion of corruption, Taekwondo faces a brand-new crisis as it
attempts to maintain its status as an official sport in the Olympic
Games,” Los Angeles Times reported on January 25. It is expected the
disciplinary measure imposed on Kim Un-yong will probably influence the
seat of Taekwondo in the Olympic Games.
Taekwondo, the most prevalent form of martial arts in the world, was
qualified as an official sport in the Sydney Olympics, accounting for
eight gold medals in four weight classes. Previously, it was selected
as an exhibition event in the Atlanta Olympics.
For the 2008 Beijing Olympics, however, China has actively lobbied
Olympic officials to promote its national martial art, Wushu, as an
official sport of the Olympic Games, in place of Taekwondo. In
addition, Japan has also persuaded the IOC members to kick Taekwondo
out from the Olympic Games, in order to make its martial arts, Karate,
an official sport. Whether or not Taekwondo is to remain in the Olympic
Games will be judged at the conference of IOC, which is scheduled to be
held this August. If Taekwondo is expelled from the Olympic Games, the
objectivity of Korea, poised to achieve a number 10 medal ranking in
the Athens Olympic Games, will come into question.
On the other hand, United States Olympic Committee will decide whether
or not to expel the United States Taekwondo Union, due to its unclear
accounting practices and unreasonable devotion to Korea.
It looks like TKD might find its way back to the street corner
"KOREAN KARATE " school -one next to your laundromat...by the end of strip mall:)
2/22/2004 5:12pm, #10
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So then there might not be WTF TKD in the Olympics man that sucks, It's a good thing ITF and A.I.M.A.A. didn't get this.