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Former exec of national swimming body indicted over alleged corruption

All News 18:18 March 10, 2016

SEOUL, March 10 (Yonhap) -- Prosecutors said Thursday they have indicted a former board member of South Korea's national swimming federation on charges of receiving bribes in exchange for peddling influence over selecting national team members.

The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office said the suspect, surnamed Chung, is accused of receiving some 230 million won (US$191,000) in bribes from another executive member, identified only by his surname Park, of the Korea Swimming Federation, between February 2004 and April 2015.

Prosecutors suspect that Chung unlawfully helped athletes who practiced at a private swimming club run by Park to join the national team. Park, 49, was also indicted for his involvement in the corruption scandal.

Prosecutors said Noh Min-sang, a former national team coach famous for coaching South Korean Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan, is alleged to have given some 90 million won to Chung between January 2009 and December 2010.

Noh was exempt from indictment as the statute of limitations has run out.

The legal action came a few weeks after the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced that it would stop providing subsidies to the national swimming body due to the allegations.

On Tuesday, prosecutors indicted another three officials affiliated with the swimming federation on charges of siphoning off about a billion won worth of training expenses meant to go to athletes.


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