Suspicion of failure to report sexual assault by coach at Nam Hyun-hee Fencing Academy
A fencing academy run by former national fencer Nam Hyun-hee allegedly failed to report a coach’s sexual assault to the Sports Ethics Center or investigative agencies in time.
According to a report by Yonhap News Agency on the 26th, a complaint was filed with the police in July, alleging that Mr. A, a coach working at Nam Hyun-hee International Fencing Academy in Gangnam-gu, Seoul, had sexually abused two underage students for several months.
Mr. A reportedly made the extreme choice to leave the academy in early July, days after the complaint was filed, when the sexual assault allegations became public knowledge.
About three months later, on July 10, the same report was filed with the Sports Ethics Center.
The center is also investigating additional reports that Nam Hyun-hee, the head of the private academy, was aware of the issue and did not take sufficient action.
According to the center, Nam Hyun-hee did not report the sexual abuse at the institute to the relevant authorities in a timely manner.
According to Article 18 (4) (2) of the National Sports Promotion Act, coaches, athletes, and other “athletes’ management personnel” defined by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s decree must immediately notify the Sports Ethics Center or an investigative agency if they are aware of any human rights violations, irregularities, or suspicions in sports.
According to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism decree, the reporting obligation is imposed not only on coaches of athletic organizations affiliated with the Korean Sports Federation, but also on operators of private academies.
The center said it has not received any communication from Nam Hyun-hee or the fencing academy about the sexual abuse issue.
Nam Hyun-hee was recently at the center of controversy when she gave an interview to the monthly magazine Women’s Chosun in which she revealed that she was getting married to her “boyfriend,” Jeon Cheong-jo.
Mr. Jeon, who also participated in the interview, was described as a third-generation chaebol, an equestrian who retired due to injury, and a young businessman.
However, soon after the interview was published, allegations of false gender, fraudulent convictions, and impersonation of the third tycoon surfaced.
In fact, a court ruling confirmed that Mr. Jeon had committed repeated fraud in the past by pretending to be a man and pretending to be the illegitimate son of a corporate chairman.
When Nam Hyun-hee informed him of their breakup, he went to her mother’s house and was arrested by police on suspicion of stalking on the 26th, but was released after an investigation.
Jeon is also believed to have been heavily involved in running the fencing academy.
In an interview with Women’s Chosun, Jeon said, “I worked with Nam Hyun-hee at the fencing academy, so I saw her often (recently).
Nam Hyun-hee explained Jeon’s specific duties at the fencing academy, saying, “I teach people who want to learn fencing for their own reasons, while Mr. Cheongjo is in the business of providing children with the psychological education they need through artistic skills.” 스포츠토토