Shorttrack champion Lim is punished for pulling down teammate’s pants | Right away

Short-distance Olympic champion Lim Hyo-jun was fined on Thursday for pulling down a teammate’s pants. A court in the South Korean capital Seoul finds that he sexually harassed him.

The 23-year-old Lim has to deposit almost 2,500 US dollars (more than 2,300 euros). In addition, the South Korean expects a mandatory course of forty hours on sexual violence.

Lim was indicted last year for his actions in front of women at the national training center in Jincheon. The South Korean Ice Skating Federation decided to suspend him for one year (until August 2020).

By the way, Lim insisted that he didn’t want to sexually intimidate anyone by pulling down his younger teammate’s pants and that his action was meant as a joke. He apologized for humiliating his teammates in front of female short trackers.

The court finds that Lim could have known that his team-mate would feel sexually humiliated and therefore decided not to go with the story of the top short-tracker, who was crowned world champion in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 2019.

Lim won gold in the 1,500 metres at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Among other things, he kept Sjinkie Knegt behind him, who had to settle for silver. Lim also won bronze in the 500 meters.