Police arrested a 76-year-old man in connection with sexual assault allegations made by star hurdler Vera Lui Lai-yiu.
The man, said to be Lui’s former coach, was arrested at the airport after his arrival on an inbound flight on Sunday afternoon, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
He was granted bail after giving an oral statement at the police station and was told to report back in early March.
It is understood that he was first sent to North Lantau Hospital and later transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital over his heart problems.
On Nov. 30 last year, on her 23rd birthday, Lui posted on her Facebook page a photo of her holding a card on which “#MeToo” and her initials “LLY” were written. In the post, she revealed that she had been sexually assaulted by a coach when she was still a secondary school student.
The sports star’s post shocked many in the city and also prompted Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to ask the police to follow up on the case.
Pui Ching Middle School, which Lui attended, said in a statement soon after learning of Lui’s revelations that it has suspended the coach.
Meanwhile, the Department of Physical Education of the Hong Kong Baptist University and the Hong Kong Coaching Committee are set to jointly hold a seminar on Thursday on how to protect young athletes from sexual harassment.
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