A British International Olympic Committee member has been told to leave the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, after an alleged incident with a security guard.
Briton Pengilly, a former Olympic skeleton competitor whose term on the Olympic body ends on February 25, was ordered to leave the Games on Thursday after the incident for which he later apologised. It says Pengilly will be interviewed by the IOC Ethics and Compliance officer and will leave the Olympics and South Korea afterward.
The statement gave no details but a source told Reuters the incident took place at the Intercontinental hotel in Pyeongchang where the International Olympic Committee members are staying for the Games' duration.
Pengilly could not be immediately reached on his mobile phone.
Pengilly, a two-time skeleton Olympian who won a World Championships silver medal in 2009, joined the IOC Athletes' Commission the following year at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Adams said IOC President Thomas Bach had also made "an unreserved apology" to PyeongChang's organising committee over Pengilly's behavior, which Bach said was "unacceptable".
But Mr Kim's manager Cho Seongwoo said Mr Pengilly had indeed pushed the guard. "I heard him shout "stop" but didn't turn around or look back", the account continues. This went on for 30 seconds or so, and then I ran past him.
Pengilly added: "This was my mistake and my error and I am sorry - I should have turned around and gone the other way and I also apologise for swearing".
But, speaking to insidethegames, Mr Pengilly denied any intention to have brought harm to the security guard, explaining that he had only tried to walk past him when he was told to go the other way.
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"We would like to once again thank all the authorities and the police who are doing an excellent job and deserve all our thanks".
The guard said he stopped Pengilly because he was walking in a bus lane.
Other members, past and present, have been linked or accused of more serious offences such as bribery and corruption, including the former Rio Games head Carlos Nuzman, suspended Namibian member Frank Fredericks and Ireland's Patrick Hickey, who is listed as self-suspended following a Rio ticket scandal.