Korean Olympic Speed Skater Cleared to Compete for China

      September 28, 2022 12:47

      Lim Hyo-jun
      Short track speed skater Lim Hyo-jun, who won Korea's first gold medal in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, will compete for China's national team in the 2022 to 2023 season.
      Lim was banned from the Korean team for assaulting a teammate and promptly decamped to China and changed his name to Lin Xiaojun.
      The Chinese national team on Monday revealed the list of nine men and eight women who will compete in international events this year. 
      They will compete in the World Cup tournament in Canada next month, Four Continents Championships in Salt Lake City in November and World Championships in Seoul in March 2023. 
      Lim was one of the top short track speed skaters in Korea but was banned from competing for a year in 2019 after pulling down a teammate's pants as a prank. Although he was later cleared of sexual harassment, Lim hastily took Chinese citizenship in 2020 because he found it impossible to compete for the Korean team.
      However, the International Olympic Committee bans an athlete from competing for a new country until three years after he last competed for his former homeland. 
      Lim's last international competition for Korea was the World Championships in March 2019, so he was prevented from joining the Chinese national team until March this year, missing the Beijing Winter Olympics.
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