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IOC suspends South Korea's Moon

Published:Sunday | July 31, 2016 | 12:00 AM
In this January 22, 2016, photo, South Korean International Olympic Committee member Moon Dae-sung leaves the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP):

South Korea's Moon Dae-sung has been suspended as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over allegations that he plagiarised his doctoral thesis.

The IOC said that Moon's membership will be suspended until South Korea's Supreme Court reaches a verdict over his dispute with a Seoul university, which stripped him of his degree in 2014 after concluding that he stole from the works of another researcher.

The IOC said the decision was recommended by its Ethics Commis-sion, citing damage to the reputation of the Olympic movement.

Moon's eight-year term as an IOC member is due to end after this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

After winning the men's heavyweight gold in tae kwon do in the 2004 Athens Games, Moon pursued a career in international sports administration and also served in South Korea's Parliament as a lawmaker from 2012 to 2016.