Jae Su Chun denies claims of abuse

Updated: September 17, 2012, 6:56 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

U.S. speedskating coach Jae Su Chun has denied claims of verbal, physical and psychological abuse brought by current and former members of the national team, including five Olympic medalists.

"I have not abused athletes in any way and am confident I will be found innocent at the outcome of the investigation," Chun said in a statement released Sunday through spokesman Hyonmyong Cho.

Nineteen athletes filed a wide-ranging grievance against U.S. Speedskating and 14 signed a code of conduct complaint with the U.S. Olympic Committee on Aug. 30.

A USOC spokesman confirmed on Friday the organization is investigating charges that include accusations Chun slammed an athlete against a wall and repeatedly hit him, threw bottles and chairs at skaters, and repeatedly told female skaters they were "fat" and "disgusting."

U.S. Speedskating is promising a thorough investigation into the allegations. An attorney for athletes who made the charges vows they will never compete for Chun or two assistants who allegedly mistreated them.

The governing body announced Monday that one of those assistants, Jun Hyung Yeo, will take over for Chun, who was placed on administrative leave. Spokeswoman Tamara Castellano says Yeo can take over the national team because "there have been no specific claims made against him."

Attorney Edward Williams says he will file a petition Tuesday with the American Arbitration Association asking for a new coaching staff.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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