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Lee Ah-reum gets 30-day suspension over DUI

Sept 27,2018
Korean taekwondo fighter Lee Ah-reum received a 30-day suspension for driving drunk last month, the national taekwondo governing body said Thursday.

The Korea Taekwondo Association’s (KTA) discipline committee meted out a 30-day suspension to Lee for her wrongdoing, which it said tarnished the taekwondo community. The 26-year-old will not be able to compete in any taekwondo competitions until Oct. 19.

“We considered Lee’s past achievement for the country, and the fact that she had no penalty records in the past,” KTA said.

“With the latest punishment, Lee will not compete in the National Sports Festival and World Grand Prix in Manchester, Great Britain.”

Lee is one of the top class fighters in the women’s 57-kilogram (125.6-pound) division.

She won a gold medal at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and earned silver at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.

Lee was caught driving under the influence in Suwon, Gyeonggi, on Aug. 28. Local police said she had a 0.151 percent blood alcohol level and requested prosecutors indict her for drunk driving.

Lee was originally on Korea’s roster for the 2018 World Taekwondo (WT) 3rd Grand Prix in Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei, this week. However, she was later dropped by the KTA.

Yonhap