Disciplinary Action Against Korean Badminton Player Overturned After Silver Medal Win

Choi Sol-gyu and Kim Won-ho, silver medal in badminton men’s doubles Korea’s Choi Sol-gyu (left) and Kim Won-ho, who won silver medals in the badminton men’s doubles final at the Hangzhou Asian Games held at the Binjiang Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China on October 7, pose while holding up their medals at the award ceremony. [연합뉴스 자료사진]

(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Hong Gyu-bin = It was belatedly revealed that the Korea Badminton Association had taken disciplinary action against national representative Choi Sol-gyu (28, Yonex) for reasons such as failure to attend training.

According to the Korea Badminton Association on the 5th, the Association’s Performance Improvement Committee decided to suspend Choi Sol-gyu from the national team for two years last October, but recently overturned the decision.

Initially, the Performance Improvement Committee decided to submit a two-year suspension to the board of directors, but accepted the argument of some that the level of disciplinary action was excessive and began reconsideration.

Afterwards, Choi Sol-gyu communicated his intention to retire from the national team, and it was reported that it was judged that the effectiveness of the disciplinary action had disappeared.

An association official said, “Everyone agreed that as a national representative, we cannot help but sanction inappropriate behavior. We did not submit a retirement application (at the time), but considering the fact that we submitted a document stating that we will not participate in next year’s national team selection, we took separate measures.” “I didn’t do it,” he explained.

It was reported that Choi Sol-gyu did not attend training the next day after drinking alcohol during the Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour Super 500 Korea Open in July of this year, and even brought his girlfriend to the national team’s dormitory.

At the time, he was not able to participate in the tournament due to an injury to his men’s doubles partner, Kim Won-ho.

However, the situation got complicated as Choi Sol-gyu had not yet officially submitted his retirement documents to the association. For the association, which thought Choi Sol-gyu was retiring, the basis for overturning the disciplinary action has disappeared.

An official from the association said, “We sent several requests for retirement application documents, but no official documents were received.”

In response to this, it is pointed out that the association should have responded in principle from the beginning and taken appropriate action for the player’s mistake. Another point that could be pointed out as a problem is that full-scale procedures began only after three months had passed since the grounds for disciplinary action arose.

Choi Sol-gyu participated in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, which opened last September, and won a silver medal in men’s doubles.

An official from the association explained, “After interviews, etc., we asked to be given a chance until the Asian Games (Hangzhou),” adding, “However, we excluded them from training at the Jincheon Athletes’ Village.”

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2023-12-05 07:56:02
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