|↑ Lim Hyo-Jun at the men’s 1500m short track award ceremony at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics [사진 = 연합뉴스]|
Hyo-jun Lim, a short track gold medalist at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, who was naturalized to China, will not be able to compete in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics to be held early next year.
The Korea Sports Association said on the 15th that the deadline to submit the long list (preliminary list) has not yet been received from the Chinese Olympic Committee. If you do not submit a long list, participation in the Olympics is virtually impossible.
Earlier, in June 2019, Lim Hyo-joon was indicted on charges of forcibly harassing a junior in the national team in Jincheon by pulling the pants of the same-sex junior to expose his body parts. The first trial admitted the charge and sentenced him to a fine of 3 million won. However, the second trial and the Supreme Court upheld the verdict.
However, Hyo-Jun Lim received a one-year disciplinary suspension from the Korea Skating Federation and requested a retrial to the Sports Fair Committee of the Korea Sports Association, but failed.
Short track officials had expected him to compete in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing with the Chinese flag, but Article 41(2) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Olympic Charter held him back. According to this regulation, in order for an athlete to change nationality and participate in the Olympics, three years must pass after the international competition in which the athlete participated in the previous nationality.
Lim Hyo-jun, who participated in the International Skating Union (ISU) World Championships as a Korean national athlete on March 10, 2019, can participate in the Chinese national team after March 10, 2022. It starts on the 4th and ends on the 20th.
The failure to participate in the Beijing Winter Olympics seems to be because Lim Hyo-jun did not properly understand the rules. In the end, only Chinese naturalization was rushed.
However, there are exceptions. The grace period (3 years) may be shortened or canceled if the former national Olympic Committee (NOC), the current nationality NOC, and the International Federation (IF) of each sport agree. If the Korea Sports Council permits, Hyo-Jun Lim can participate in the Beijing Olympics as a representative of China. However, the Chinese Olympic Committee did not take any action until yesterday (15th), the deadline for the application deadline. It can be said that he expressed his intention not to have Lim Hyo-jun participate as a Chinese athlete in the Beijing Olympics to be held in his country.
Earlier, the China Skating Federation excluded Lim Hyo-jun from the list of banned substances tested for men and women short track for the 2021-22 season submitted to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) last month. To participate in the first round of the Short Track World Cup to be held in Beijing, China from the 21st of this month, you must pass a doping test, but your name was omitted from the test entry.
Lim Hyo-jun was the ace of the men’s short track team, winning the men’s 1500m gold and 500m bronze medals at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. He was tried for a moment’s mistake and escaped legal punishment from guilty to not guilty, but his dream of hunting for gold at the Winter Olympics for the second time in a row also disappeared.
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