February 8, 2006

South Korean IOC member faces Ethics Commission probe

TURIN (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee is to
investigate whether South Korean member Park Yong-sung has
violated its ethics code following his conviction for
embezzlement in Seoul on Wednesday.

Park could be expelled from the IOC if the Ethics
Commission rules his conviction for financial improprieties has
compromised his position with the international body.

Park, a prominent businessman and president of the
International Judo Federation, was found guilty on Wednesday of
embezzlement, heavily fined and handed a three-year suspended
sentence, South Korean and international media reported.

"The IOC has heard of the decision through the media," said
Giselle Davies, the IOC's Communications Director on Wednesday.

"The file is with the Ethics Commission which will seek
full information on the case from the court and will make a