Shim has apologized for “disappointing and scarring many individuals with my immature phrases, conduct and angle on the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics,” in an announcement launched by her administration Galaxia SM.
“I particularly want to apologize from the underside of my coronary heart to Kim A-lang, Choi Min-jeong and the teaching workers who would have been shocked by the information,” she added within the assertion.
Within the textual content messages, Shim mentioned she cheered on China’s Qu Chuyu on the ladies’s 500m quarterfinals on the 2018 Winter Olympics, as an alternative of her teammate Choi.
When Choi cried in an interview after being disqualified within the 500m ultimate, Shim texted: “That interview was garbage.”
Shim even mentioned that the South Korean brief observe 3,000m relay ladies’s group ought to have been disqualified after profitable gold together with her teammates.
“I am embarrassed that we gained a gold,” Shim texted to the coach, who replied: “I am embarrassed.”
Choi’s administration firm, All That Sports activities, launched an announcement on Tuesday citing its CEO Koo Dong-hoi’s concern over the “unpatriotic act” Shim might carry out at subsequent yr’s Olympics after she had supported a Chinese language skater on the earlier Video games.
“Supporting a nationwide teammate’s Chinese language opponent at a public house, at an Olympics held in our nation, regardless of her teammate competing, can’t be understood with widespread sense as she’s a nationwide athlete with a Taegeuk [Korean flag] mark on her chest,” Koo mentioned.
Shim mentioned she was mentally and bodily unstable on the time as a consequence of former coach Cho’s abuse, which gave her concussion signs.
“I could not management the anger in me, so I am nonetheless reflecting on exhibiting an aggressive angle and immature facet of me to others,” she mentioned, citing Cho’s abuse.
Doable race fixing
On high of mocking her teammates, Shim can be accused of alleged race fixing on the brief observe ladies’s 1,000m ultimate in Pyeongchang.
Shim and the unnamed coach point out “Bradbury” a number of occasions of their textual content messages days earlier than the ultimate. The coach texted: “When you’ve got power, let’s make Bradbury,” to which Shim agreed.
Steven Bradbury is an Australian velocity skater famend for profitable probably the most surprising gold on the 2002 Winter Olympics. He was left to cross the end line alone as all the opposite opponents within the race tumbled and fell on the ice.
The 2 talked about making a feminine Bradbury a number of occasions of their textual content messages.
In the course of the 1,000m ultimate on the 2018 Winter Olympics, Shim and Choi tangled and collided on the ice as they raced on the outer course of the observe. Choi completed 4th and Shim was disqualified, resulting in hypothesis in gentle of the textual content messages that she could have intentionally brought on the collision.
However Shim, in her assertion, totally denied the likelihood that she was race fixing.
“I would wish to make clear the half within the article that said that I fell down deliberately on the Olympics, referring to Bradbury, will not be true in any respect,” Shim mentioned, whereas apologizing for scarring her teammates.
Choi’s representatives requested that the Korea Skating Union (KSU) and the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee (KSOC) look into the case and confirm the details concerning potential intentional collision.
Koo said: “Choi Min-jeong had not solely missed her promising likelihood to win a gold after colliding together with her teammate, however she was additionally critically injured … as she harm her knee ligaments within the collision.”
He added that if Shim and the coach did attempt to intentionally engineer a state of affairs just like Bradbury’s, the matter ought to be thought of a “prison act” that harmed Choi.
Separated from the nationwide group
Shim turned a nationwide icon after sharing her expertise of sexual abuse.
However now the nation’s Ministry of Tradition, Sports activities and Tourism is suspending its plan to honor Shim at its Nationwide Sports activities Award ceremony on Friday till a ultimate conclusion is made out of the investigation by the KSU and KSOC, the ministry official confirmed to Muricas Information.
The KSU quickly banned Shim from the nationwide coaching middle on Monday, separating her from the remainder of the nationwide group.
“We predict it is tough [for Shim and the national team] to remain and prepare collectively … We have to examine the problems, so we determined that we should not unexpectedly maintain them within the nationwide group collectively proper now,” the KSU official informed Muricas Information.
Shim has been dropped from the nationwide group forward of the Worldwide Skating Union’s brief observe velocity skating world cup, set to kick off in Beijing subsequent week, however she might nonetheless compete within the 2022 Beijing Olympics if the investigation finds no fault.
The KSU and KSOC are at present forming an investigation committee that will start trying into the case by checking the details and listening to the tales of the people concerned.
For the reason that committee itself doesn’t have authorized power, it would primarily deal with recreation operations like potential intentional collision, the KSU official mentioned.
Shim will mirror on her “previous immature angle” and try — as she has been doing — to indicate a greater self, she mentioned within the assertion the place she emphasised that there isn’t any connection between her textual content messages and the 1,000m ultimate.