SKorea judoka detained for using cellphone in army

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Posted: Jan 13, 2014 2:42 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's army says that an Olympic judo silver medalist was held in military detention for eight days for using his mobile phone during a compulsory training.

All able-bodied South Korean men must serve about two years in the military and they are not allowed to use cellphones during their service.

Army officials said Monday that Wang Ki-chun, who won a silver at the men's 73-kilogram class at the 2008 Beijing Games, was sent to the correctional facility south of Seoul late last month while he was taking a four-week training course.

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Athletes who win medals at the Olympics or gold at the Asian Games are exempted from active duty as long as they complete four-week basic army training and serve in their sports fields for 34 months.