South Korea is still unsure about the status of short-track speed skater Shim Suk-hee. She is one of the best skaters in the nation. However, the Korea Skating Union suspended her last December 21 for hateful comments against the coaching staff and teammates.
According to iGaming platform reports, Shim’s suspension was for two months. She declined to appeal the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee’s decision. Also, she had the choice to accept her penalty or file a court injunction.
There are uncertainties on whether Shim will represent South Korea in the Winter Olympics. If her suspension remains, the remaining skaters need to earn Olympic medals without Shim on the roster.
Shim Suk-hee Out of the Olympics?
If the KSOC reinstates Shim for the Beijing Olympics, she must work with the same skaters she mocked in her text messages. In one of the messages, she hinted at attempting to push Choi Min-jeong. In 2018, Choi and Shim tangled and crashed out of the women’s 1,000-meter final. As a result, many online sports wagering experts suspected that Shim premeditated the crash.
However, the KSU found Shim innocent of the allegations. The agency said they couldn’t determine whether Shim pushed off Choi to protect herself or stop Choi from winning a medal.
After the leaked text messages reached mainstream media, Choi asked for a thorough investigation. Also, she wanted Shim to stop calling her to apologize. Even if the KSU reinstates Shim, there will be tension between the two skaters. Also, there will be little time to mend their relationship.
According to people who bet on basketball and other Olympic sports, if Shim competes in the Olympics, she will go against Choi in individual races. If the two collides, there will be doubts if it was accidental or not.