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U.S. short track coach accused of abuse

Sep 17, 2012, 11:08 AM EDT

Shani Davis, Jae Su Chun AP

A code of conduct complaint was filed with U.S. Speedskating and the USOC Friday against short trackcoach Jae Su Chun by 19 current and former skaters, including four medalists from the 2010 Vancouver team. Chun, who was recruited by Team USA after his success with the South Korean team, has been placed on administrative leave.

The allegations describe physical and verbal abuse, as well as Chun tossing bottles, chairs, binders, and equipment, and calling female athletes “fat,” and “disgusting.” Or, as Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight used to refer to it as: Tuesday.

Chun acknowledged one incident where he is accused of throwing an athlete against a wall, saying, in a translated statement, that the two “resolved the conflict amicably and he certainly was not injured.”

“I have not abused athletes in any way,” Chun continued. “And am confident I will be found innocent at the outcome of the investigation.”

Absent from the list of disgruntled athletes were notable speedskaters Apolo Anton Ohno, an eight-time Olympic medalist, and Katherine Reutter, the 2010-11 world champion.

U.S. Speedskating has scheduled a news conference for 4 p.m. ET Monday.

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