Truong Thanh Hang, "The Golden Girl of Vietnamese track and field," has accused her coach of sexually harassing her
A member of the coaching staff for Vietnam's national track and field team was dismissed after a prominent female athlete accused him of sexual harassment.
Nguyen Tuan Anh was also fired from the coaching staff of the National Sport Training Center in the central city of Da Nang, according to a meeting convened by the center's management on Friday.
Truong Thanh Hang, who made the accusation against Anh, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that Anh would work with the center as the deputy chief of the sports medicine office.
Earlier this month Hang, who has been dubbed "Vietnam's Queen of middle-distance running" and "The Golden Girl of Vietnamese track and field," lodged complaints with the center's management, saying that the coach had harassed her "continuously."
She said around 4 a.m. on June 5, Anh entered her room, claiming that he was checking the room's lock, and then tried to massage her back while she was in bed.
He left when she rejected him, Hang said, adding that she shared the room with another athlete but her roommate had already left for training that morning when the incident took place.
Two days later the coach entered her room again and proceeded to massage her shoulders and "sensitive" parts on her body despite her objections.
Anh also asked to "share the bed" with her, Hang said.
She then ran into the bathroom, locked the door and texted her friends, asking them to rescue her.
In an interview with Thanh Nien, Hang said the second occasion also happened when her roommate was out for training, and she did not lock the door so the latter could open it without calling when she returned.
She also said that as he was harassing her, Anh claimed that he had arranged it so that other athletes would be out for training so no one would see them.
According to Hang, in response to her accusations, Anh denied them initially, but later confessed his wrongdoings and apologized to her at the meeting.
The athlete also told Tuoi Tre that the punishment Anh received was "suitable."
Meanwhile, Le Hong Son, director of the training center, said in an interview with Dan Tri that the punishment "was already too strict," and that his wrongdoings were not so serious that he should have been sacked.
Hang, 26, has been an 800m and 1,500m champion at the Asian Games and Southeast Asian Games multiple times, and has been virtually invincible in the latter event.
Last August she was injured in a traffic accident and was forced to spend six months away from the sport.
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