Short track skater Shim Seok-hee (Seoul City Hall), who was suspended from qualification for two months by the Korea Skating Federation in December last year ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and was unable to step on the Beijing stage, will be lifted tomorrow (21st).



It is noteworthy whether Shim Suk-hee can compete in the 2022 International Skating Union (ISU) Short Track World Championships scheduled for March.



Hong-geun Yoon, head of the Korean team at the Beijing Olympics and president of the Korea Skating Federation, was asked about Shim Seok-hee's return at a press conference held at the Main Media Center in Beijing, China on the 20th.



Chairman Yoon replied, "It is difficult to answer this right now," but "There must be a decision from the Ice Skating Federation Performance Improvement Committee, and the overall judgment of the Korea Sports Council is also necessary."



However, Chairman Yoon said, "We will deal with it in principle."



Controversy arose when Shim Suk-hee's private messages exchanged with her national coach during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in October of last year were revealed.



The message contained gossip about Choi Min-jeong (Seongnam City Hall) and Kim A-Rang (Goyang City Hall), who were teammates of the Pyeongchang Olympic team, and also included the nuance that they would be eliminated due to a deliberate collision.



In fact, Shim Suk-hee collided with Choi Min-jung in the women's 1,000m final at the Pyeongchang Olympics, and she was penalized and disqualified.



The Ice Skating Federation established an investigation committee to investigate the facts.



The gossip turned out to be true, but the truth about whether the conflict was intentional was not.



The Ice Skating Federation Sports Fair Committee (Disciplinary Committee) suspended Shim Suk-hee for two months based on the results of the investigation committee.



Shim Seok-hee, who was at risk of failing to participate in the Olympics, applied for an injunction to the court for disciplinary action against the Ice Skating Federation, but the court ruled in favor of the Federation, and her participation in the Beijing Olympics was canceled.

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