Figure skater cleared after claim she ‘stabbed’ rival with skate | World News


An American figure skater has been cleared of causing intentional harm to a rival during a warm-up session at the world championships in Japan.

Mariah Bell, 22, was accused of colliding with 16-year-old Lim Eun-soo of South Korea during a practise session at the championships.

There were reports that Ms Lim had to be treated for a calf injury after Ms Bell’s blade “stabbed” her.

But the International Skating Union (ISU) has ruled out foul play, and said there was no evidence of intentional harm.

Lim Eun-soo apparently needed medical treatment for the cut
Lim Eun-soo apparently needed medical treatment for the cut

In a statement, the ISU said: “Based on the evidence at hand at this point in time, which includes a video, there is no evidence that Ms Bell intended any harm to Ms Lim.”

The ISU said it has been aware of the Korea Skating Union posting a statement about the incident on 21 March, but had not received a formal complaint.

The ISU added: “The ISU met with delegates from both USA and Korea and urged both parties to find an amicable solution. The ISU maintains that this remains the appropriate approach.”

Video footage shows the pair skating close to one another on the rink. As Ms Bell passes Ms Lim, Ms Lim gasps and grabs at her leg.

Ms Lim placed fifth in the women’s short programme on Wednesday, one place above Ms Bell.

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