Japanese and Korean netizens are in a war of words following allegations that Japanese figure skaters had repeatedly impeded Korean figure skater Kim Yuna’s warm ups before competitions.
The debate started on March 14 following an SBS interview with Kim Yuna which hinted that she was obstructed by Japanese skaters during 4CC.
To be frank the interview was ambiguous. Kim didn’t implicate anything directly, and it was SBS the Korean TV station that linked the Japanese skaters with the accusation.
But damage has already been done; Japanese media has picked up on the news and retaliated, followed by battle of words between netizens from both nations.
Kim and Japan’s Mao Asada are hot favourites to win the gold at Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics; the duo are set to compete for the 2009 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Los Angeles next week.
[Update] Kim Yuna sets new record to win the 2009 World Championship.