Short track speed skater Lin Shaojun (Korean name Lim Hyo-jun), a naturalized Chinese citizen, continues to remain silent. He avoids interviews even by ignoring the rules.
Xiaojun Lin competed as the Chinese representative in the mixed relay 2000m final at the ‘2023 KB Financial International Skating Union (ISU) World Short Track Championships’ held at Mokdong Ice Rink in Seoul on the 12th. He contributed to China’s silver medal following the Netherlands. China’s time was 2:41:821, behind the Netherlands, who recorded 2:41:646.토토사이트
After the game, Korean reporters waited for Lin Xiaojun in the joint coverage area (Mixed Zone). Xiaojun Lin is refusing to interview reporters for this event, but as a medalist, she has to go through the mixed zone.
However, even after waiting for a long time, neither Lin Xiaojun nor the Chinese national team showed up in the mixed zone. An official from the Korea Ice Skating Federation said, “Lin Xiaojun left the stadium in a different direction despite being informed that he had to go through the mixed zone.”
Of course, it is not impossible to understand Lin Xiaojun’s position. Lin Xiaojun was the ace of the Korean national team who won the men’s 1500m gold medal wearing the Taegeuk mark at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. However, the following year, he lost his national team qualification after being punished for sexual harassment for playing a prank on lowering the pants of a junior national team member during training, and was naturalized as a Chinese citizen.
Since then, Lin Xiaojun has not been able to participate in the Beijing Olympics last year according to International Olympic Committee (IOC) regulations. He suffered pain, such as being eliminated from the Chinese national team selection match. However, this season, he showed signs of resurgence, winning the men’s 500m at the 5th event of the 2022-2023 ISU Short Track World Cup held in Dresden, Germany last month, and also participating in the World Championships held in Korea.
However, Lin Xiaojun was also controversial in this tournament. He finished first in the men’s 500m final on the 11th, but was disqualified for not wearing equipment to measure lap times.
He won a medal in the 2000m mixed relay, but Lin Xiaojun declined to be interviewed by reporters this time as well. An official from the federation expressed frustration, saying, “The ISU is not properly applying the interview regulations.” Will Lin Xiaojun be able to open his mouth in this tournament?