Did taekwondo buy into the Olympics?


BAt the Athens Olympics in 2004, you could buy an Olympic gold medal in boxing for a million dollars, eight years later, in London 2012, ten million dollars were already being asked for. What the lawyer Richard McLaren researched last year about the world boxing association is now being deepened by its presumed source: the former executive director of the association Ho Kim from South Korea.

He accuses the International Olympic Committee (I.O.C) a complicity in the crisis of the federation, which could lead to the exclusion of boxing from the Olympic Games. In conversations with the London newspaper "The Times", he also alleges that the inclusion of taekwondo as an Olympic sport in 1994 was based on corruption. He calls for public prosecutors to investigate; then he wanted to name more corrupt IOC members.

Cars to Mali, flights to Seoul

Ho Kim, then head of marketing at World Taekwondo Federation WTF, claims the federation's founding president and IOC vice president Un-yong Kim of South Korea ordered bribery to promote the sport's rise. That included sending IOC member Lamine Keita two cars to Mali. Keita, expelled from the IOC for his role in the Salt Lake City corruption scandal, has since passed away.

Other IOC members received cash, according to Ho Kim. According to Ho, one way to bribe officials was to pay for them first-class flights to Seoul while also reimbursing their travel expenses, including flights. Taekwondo has been part of the Olympias program since the 2000 Sydney Games. Un-yong Kim is no longer alive either. He was expelled from the IOC in 2004 after being convicted of embezzlement and bribery in his home country.

In boxing, according to Ho Kim, the IOC, led by President Jacques Rogge, initiated the overthrow of Pakistan's Anwar Chowdhry and the election of Ching-Kuo Wu of Taiwan in 2006. He, Ho Kim, gave delegates money for votes for Wu. The IOC should clarify its position. On Sunday, boxing president Umar Kremlev of Russia is standing in Yerevan for election against his Dutch challenger Boris van der Vorst.



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