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Chung Yoo-ra (born Chung Yoo-yeon, 30 October 1996) is a South Korean equestrian.[1] She competed in the 2014 Asian Games, where her team won a gold medal.[2]

Chung Yoo-ra
Personal information
Birth nameChung Yoo-yeon
Born (1996-10-30) October 30, 1996 (age 23)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationChungdam High School (diploma annulled)
Ewha Womans University (acceptance annulled)
Spouse(s)Sin Ju-pyung (m. 2015–2016)
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationJeong Yu-ra
McCune–ReischauerChŏng Yu-ra
Birth name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationJeong Yu-yeon
McCune–ReischauerChŏng Yu-yŏn

She is a daughter of Chung Yoon-hoi and his ex-wife Choi Soon-sil,[3][4] who has been arrested amid the 2016 South Korean political scandal for using her friendship with the president Park Geun-hye to illegally interfere in the state affairs, and solicit business donations from top South Korean firms, including Samsung, for a non-profit fund she controlled.[5]


ControversyEdit

Suspection about selected Incheon Asian Games playersEdit

When Chung Yoo-Ra was selected as a member of the national team for the Incheon Asian Games,  Ahn Min-Seok (New Politics Alliance for Democracy-NAPD) claimed that she had been "special favor to be chosen as the representative."[6]

Controversy over the preferential treatment of academic managementEdit

When Chung Yoo-Ra was the third grade at Sunhwa Arts Middle School, she attended the summit only 86 out of 205 days of class, and 42 days of absenteeism on equestrian training and competition. The other cases were 46 days of early eradication, three days of disease and six days of late for disease. These were known by  Song Ki-Seok, who is in the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education (SMOE).

When Chung Yoo-Ra was in Cheongdam High School, she was disqualified for failing to complete her class days. Choi Soon-Sil protested about it. Chung Yoo-Ra could receive an official letter from the Korea Racing Association and it was accepted. But the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education reviewed her high school graduation and canceled her decision on December 5, 2016, citing the fact that she gave a bribe to a teacher, received a perfect score from a performance evaluation she did not attend and submitted the fake documents to participate in the competition.[7]

In the process of entering Ewha Woman's University, there was a suspicion that Chung Yoo-Ra was provided a special treat to reflect the Asian Games gold medal experience in interviews, which was not available at the time of the application.[8] There are also claims that she had special treatment in obtaining credits. When suspicions arose, Chung Yoo-Ra suddenly applied for a leave of absence from school online, [9]but the process of leaving the school was not completed.[10]

On December 2, 2016, the Ewha Woman's University Special Audit Committee requested that Chung Yoo-Ra leave school, [11]cancel her admission, and discipline her teachers, and received the notice of cancellation of admission and high school graduation through her lawyer on December 5, 2016, and decided not to take legal action.[12]

Related to the K-Sports FoundationEdit

Chung Yoo-Ra is suspected of embezzling funds from the K-Sports Foundation, which is suspected of being created by forcibly collecting money from conglomerates, along with Choi Soon-Sil by using various companies. The company that was suspected of the incident closed on the same day that the Mir Foundation and the K-Sports Foundation were suspected.[13]

Arrest by Danish local policeEdit

On January 2, 2017, a reporter from the JTBC Newsroom, Lee Ga-hyuk, found a Volkswagen vehicle parked in a hideout garage, a crucial clue to the Chung Yoo-Ra chase at a house outside Olborh, Denmark, by a Korean resident in Denmark. Chung Yoo-Ra was arrested by Danish police on suspicion of illegal immigration after he tracked down the vehicle and reported it to local police for illegal aliens.

Permanent expulsion of the Korea Equestrian AssociationEdit

On April 17, 2017, the Korea Racing Association expelled Chung Yoo-ra permanently due to sports-related admissions irregularities. Accordingly, Chung Yoo-Ra is not allowed to represent Korea in international competitions as well as in Korean competitions and must return the national team's training allowance.[14]

Legal issuesEdit

During the investigations of the 2016 South Korean political scandal, Chung Yoo-ra's admission to Ewha Womans University was cancelled due to "preferential treatment in admissions and grading".[15][16][17] Her high school diploma has been cancelled as well due to falsified high school records.[18]

In December 2016, South Korea put out an arrest warrant for Chung Yoo-ra for charges including obstruction of justice, after she refused to return from Germany to attend a parliamentary inquiry into her role in the scandal.[19] The South Korean government announced that it would invalidate her passport and seek her arrest and extradition from Germany.[19] The South Korean government also sought the help of Interpol to track her down.[20] On January 1, 2017, she was arrested in Aalborg, Denmark after a tip from South Korean journalists who had tracked her.[21][20]

The German Federal Police are investigating Chung Yoo-ra and her mother for money laundering involving assets estimated at more than 1 billion US dollars.[22][20][23][20][24]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Yoora Chung". fei.org. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  2. ^ Park, Sojung (20 September 2014). "S. Korea wins gold in team dressage equestrian at Asiad". Yonhap. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  3. ^ 8:12 AM ET (2016-10-29). "Swirling Scandal Involving Shamanistic Cult Threatens South Korean President Park Geun-hye : The Two-Way". NPR. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  4. ^ Kim, Oi-hyun (3 December 2014). "Pres. Park's former aide and his wife may be at the center of ongoing scandal". The Hankyoreh. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  5. ^ "South Korea scandal: President Park's friend Choi detained - BBC News". Bbc.com. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  6. ^ "뉴스토마토". www.newstomato.com. Retrieved 2019-09-30.
  7. ^ "정유라 '고교 졸업취소 처분' 최종 결정". KBS 뉴스 (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-09-30.
  8. ^ "최순실 딸, 이대 의류학과 '학점특혜' 의혹". 서울신문 (in Korean). 2016-10-12. Retrieved 2019-09-30.
  9. ^ "[단독] 최순실 딸 정유라 돌연 이대 휴학… 커지는 의혹". news.kmib.co.kr (in Korean). 2016-10-13. Retrieved 2019-09-30.
  10. ^ "최순실 딸 정유라, 결국 이대 자퇴…조만간 귀국하나?". news.jtbc.joins.com (in Korean). 2016-11-11. Retrieved 2019-09-30.
  11. ^ 안홍석 (2016-12-02). ""정유라 퇴학·입학취소…전 입학처장 등 5명 중징계"(종합)". 연합뉴스 (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-09-30.
  12. ^ 이지헌 (2016-12-07). "정유라 변호인 "특검 소환하면 순응해야…끈 떨어진 도망자"". 연합뉴스 (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-09-30.
  13. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20161020104413/http://news.ichannela.com/society/3/03/20161019/80878698/1. Archived from the original on 2016-10-20. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ "연합뉴스TV". www.yonhapnewstv.co.kr. Retrieved 2019-09-30.
  15. ^ "Chung Yoo-ra's admission to Ewha to be canceled". koreatimes. 2016-11-18. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  16. ^ Herald, The Korea (2016-11-18). "Chung illegally admitted to Ewha University: ministry". Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  17. ^ "Prosecutors raid university over influence-peddling scandal". koreatimes. 2016-11-22. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  18. ^ "Choi Soon-sil's daughter stripped of high school diploma". koreatimes. 2016-12-05. Retrieved 2016-12-05.
  19. ^ a b "What we know about Chung Yoo Ra, daughter of key figure in South Korea's corruption scandal involving President Park". The Straits Times. 23 December 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  20. ^ a b c d "South Korea scandal: Daughter of Choi Soon-sil arrested". BBC News. 2 January 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  21. ^ "South Korean woman detained by Danish police". Mynewsdesk. Archived from the original on 2017-01-03. Retrieved 2017-01-02.
  22. ^ "PD Report Tracking down Chung Yoo-Ra Runaway Footsteps in German". Sports Kyung Hyang. Retrieved 2017-01-02.
  23. ^ "German Police keep investigating Chung Yoo Ra Money Laundering Case in German". MBC. Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  24. ^ "(LEAD) Danish court extends detention of daughter of woman at center of Korean scandal". English.yonhapnews.co.kr. Retrieved 2017-03-24.

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