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Shim Suk-hee, right, of South Korea leads other competitors during the women's 1000 meters semifinals of short track speed skating competition at the Asian Winter Games at Makomanai Indoor Skating Rink in Sapporo, northern Japan, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

#MeToo comes to South Korean sports: Human rights body to investigate sexual abuse allegations


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's human rights commission plans to interview possibly thousands of athletes about a culture of abuse in sports after a wave of female athletes came forward to say they had been raped or assaulted by their coaches.

An official from the National Human Rights Commission said Wednesday the yearlong investigation will cover 50 sports and include children competing for elementary, middle and high schools.

Two-time Olympic short-track speed skating champion Shim Suk-hee triggered a growing #MeToo movement in South Korean sports after accusing her former coach of repeatedly raping her. Female athletes in judo, taekwondo, soccer and wrestling have also accused their male coaches of sexual harassment or assault since.

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