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Chinese coach quits over Hungarian short track speed skater's insulting comments

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2019-12-04 14:20:19chinadaily.com.cn Editor : Li Yan ECNS App Download

Zhang Jing, the head coach of Hungarian short track speed team from China, announced her resignation on Tuesday over alleged insulting comments made by Hungarian Olympic champion Csaba Burján.

"I was shocked and outraged by the insulting comments against China made by Hungarian short track skater Csaba Burján," Zhang said in a statement on her WeChat account.

Csaba Burján, who won the gold medal during the Men's 5,000m Relay Final A at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, reportedly made the comments when he was waiting at the customs before coming to China to participate in a match. Burján was sent back to his country and withdrawn from the national team.

Zhang officially submitted her resignation to the Hungarian short track speed team. Moreover, she also asked for an official apology from the Hungarian National Skating Federation.

Zhang became the head coach of the Hungarian speed skating team in 2012, which won a gold medal in men's 5000 meter relay at the 2018 Winter Olympics over China. It was Hungary's first-ever Winter Olympic gold medal.

Zhang became the head coach for the Hungarian short track speed team in 2012 and led the team to win over 150 medals in world-level events as well as a breakthrough gold medal in PyeongChang Olympics.

She participated in the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics on behalf of China.

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