Former Olympic champion weightlifter gets 10-year ban for alleged assault


South Korea’s weightlifting authorities have suspended an Olympic gold medalist for 10 years for allegedly beating a junior weightlifter.

The Korea Weightlifting Federation said in a statement that it took the disciplinary measures against Sa Jae-hyouk on Monday. The 30-year-old Sa won the 77-kig division at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Sa allegedly beat fellow athlete Hwang Woo-man at a bar in the city of Chuncheon on Thursday, leaving the 21-year-old with injuries that require six weeks of medical treatment.

Hwang told South Korean media that Sa beat him because he talked to acquaintances about a previous incident involving the pair.