SEOUL, South Korea -- The son of a South Korean IOC member
who was reprimanded in the Salt Lake City bribery case faces
questioning by prosecutors in a taekwondo tournament-fixing
scandal, it was reported Thursday.
John Kim, the son of International Olympic Committee member Kim
Un-yong, will be questioned next week about whether he received
money from a jailed former taekwondo official, the national news
agency Yonhap reported Thursday.
Kim Un-yong was reprimanded in 2000 for his alleged role in
helping his son get a sham job funded by the Salt Lake City's
Olympic bid committee. John Kim was indicted in the United States
on charges of immigration, fraud and lying to the FBI. He fled to
South Korea before charges were filed.
Lim Yoon-taek, an executive at the Korea Taekwondo Association,
was arrested this month on charges he fixed fights to help
taekwondo players win tournaments after taking bribes from their
Lim was given the executive job when Kim Un-yong was in control
of the association. Kim headed the association from 1971 until he
resigned under pressure in November.
Yonhap quoted an unidentified prosecution source as saying that
a "large amount of money" was deposited in the younger Kim's bank
account around the time when Lim was given the job.
The JoongAng Ilbo newspaper quoted John Kim as saying he
borrowed the money from Lim, who also served as an executive at the
World Taekwondo Federation. Kim Un-yong was re-elected to his
eighth four-year term as head of the federation in October.
Officials at the Seoul District Prosecutor's Office refused to
Kim Un-yong was in Salt Lake City for the Winter Olympics and
was not immediately available for comment. His aides in Seoul said
they didn't have a contact number for his son.
Ten IOC members resigned or were expelled for allegedly
receiving bribes from the Salt Lake City's bid committee. Four
others, including Kim Un-yong, got reprimands. Kim disavowed any
knowledge of wrongdoing.