World and Olympic vault champion Yang Hak-Seon is taking a public stand against a Korean university's plan to eliminate gymnastics as a sport.
Yang protests at Hanyang University
Seoul's Hanyang University recently announced it would eliminate gymnastics and other individual sports and only keep baseball, soccer, basketball, volleyball and ice hockey. Yang and the gymnastics community in Korea are rallying together to protest the university's decision, saying it could have widespread effects on Korean gymnastics.
Last week, Yang stood in protest at the university holding a sign reading, "I have withstood physical pains from gymnastics but this decision breaks my heart so much." Yang, who turned 21 on Dec. 2, attends Korea National Sport University.
The Korean Gymnastic Association (KGA) also is protesting the university's decision to cut gymnastics.
"The aftermath of such a decision is not limited to just one single university. It can shake the entire foundation of South Korea's gymnastics and adversely affect our effort to spot and attract talented gymnasts like Yang," said Kim Dong-Min, vice president of the KGA.
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