A comprise ended the case filed by former long-distance runner Ai Dongmei and
two of her teammates against their coach Wang Dexian.
According to the agreement, Ai Dongmei, Li Juan and Guo Ping will get full
compensation from the defendants, coach Wang Dexian and the Locomotive Sports
Association, to which the three plaintiffs belong, website Sina.com reported.
In this file photo is shown Ai
Dongmei (L), Guo Ping (C) and Li Juan talk before the trial is opened on
November 9, 2006. [163.com/File Photo]
The athletes sued their former coach Wang Dexian and the Locomotive Sports
Association for violating private property, last September.
The three said Wang siphoned nearly all their training subsidies and prizes
awarded in international competitions during their careers. An amount that was
reportedly more than 100,000 Yuan (12,500 US dollars).
The Locomotive Sports Association was accused of failing to supervise Wang
Daxian and of not ending the coach's misconduct.
The compromise was endorsed on Monday morning at the Fuxing Court in Haidian
District with the three runners and officials of the Locomotive Sports
Association present. Wang Dexian and his lawyer however were absent.
The transfer of money was completed at court, though the exact sums exchanged
were kept confidential.
The case drew public attention last year after the poor living conditions of
the three athletes was exposed.
Wang Dexian, a former elite long-distance race coach who also nurtured
marathon top gun Sun Yingjie, was banned from competitions for life after his
involvement in Sun Yingjie's drug abuse was discovered at the 10th National
Games in 2005.