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Volume 7 No. 83

Olympics

Hong Kong’s Olympic Committee set up a meeting with the city’s equality watchdog to "discuss sexual abuse after the latter last week accused the sporting community of failing to take the issue seriously during a study two years ago," according to Su Xinqi of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. The meeting between the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong and the Equal Opportunities Commission is scheduled for Wednesday and comes after hurdler Vera Lui Lai-yiu last week said that she had been assaulted by a coach 10 years ago. Watsons Athletic Club, which formerly employed the coach in question -- said that it will "require all coaches to undergo a Sexual Conviction Record Check with the police before offering formal employment or renewing a contract." The club suspended Lui's ex-coach after the hurdler joined the global "Me Too" online campaign on Nov. 30. Lui’s revelation "prompted the commission to write to the Olympic Committee that same day, requesting its cooperation with a survey it was due to conduct on sexual harassment and assault and related policies among the city’s 75 sports associations" (SCMP, 12/10).

The head of the PyeongChang Winter Games Friday shot down an "irresponsible" report that IOC President Thomas Bach is "hoping to visit North Korea to discuss its participation in the competition," according to the AFP. POCOG President Lee Hee-beom said, "I was flabbergasted by the report which is absolutely groundless. I suspect someone might be talking about his own wishful thinking. This is quite irresponsible. In reality, North Korea is under international sanctions and such a visit is hard to be realized." South Korea's Yonhap news agency cited unnamed government sources in a report which said Bach "wanted to visit North Korea" (AFP, 12/8).

SWISS MEETING YONHAP reported Bach had a meeting with North Korea Olympic Committee President Kim Il-guk at the IOC HQ in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Friday. The IOC, however, did not "elaborate on what the two officials discussed" (YONHAP, 12/9).

RESPECTING THE DECISION: YONHAP reported PyeongChang "fully respects" the IOC decision to ban Russia over doping, as both parties firmly believe in the "value of clean and fair competition," the event's top organizer said. Hee-beom said that PyeongChang has "never wavered in its commitment to running a clean Olympic Games." He said, "We're of the stance that the Olympic Games must be clean and contested under the principle of fair play. If athletes aren't clean, no matter which country they're from, they will violate the Olympic Spirit, and they must not participate" (YONHAP, 12/10).

WORLD'S LARGEST: YONHAP reported South Korea's tallest building will display a "giant" LED Olympic torch until the PyeongChang Olympic Games end in March, the organizing committee for the sporting event said Sunday. In an event held earlier in the day with the POCOG and Lotte Group, which built and operates the Lotte World Tower, Hee-beom and Lotte Group Chair Shin Dong-bin lit the LED Olympic torch at the top of the tower in Jamsil, eastern Seoul, the committee said (YONHAP, 12/10).