Inter-Korean table tennis collapsed… Court “Liability promoted without government approval”
A ruling came out that a private inter-Korean exchange organization that was not approved by the government must compensate for the damages to a sports organization that lost money while promoting a friendly high school table tennis match between the two Koreas.
According to the legal community on the 16th, Seoul Northern District Court Civil Agreement Part 3-1 (Chief Judge Hwang Gi-seon, Lee Sang-yoon, Kim Gwang-seop) recently filed a lawsuit filed by the Seoul Sports Association against the South-North Sports Exchange Association (association), and the association won 61.91 million won. It also ruled that the remaining 2.53 million won of project expenses after compensation should be returned.
The association and the Sports Association signed a business agreement in December 2018 and promised to hold a joint high school table tennis training and friendly match in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China for about a month from January of the following year. The association will act as an agent for the entire project from planning to government approval, and the sports association will pay for the project.
However, six days before the event, the Ministry of Unification refused to allow the support for the North Korean team’s living expenses, saying that it could violate sanctions against North Korea, and the project was ultimately canceled. At that time, the team had already arrived in China and were preparing for training, and some of the project funds had been executed.
The Sports Association insisted on asking for the project cost, saying, “The association failed to fulfill its duties under the agreement due to a lack of professionalism and violated the state’s obligations by hastily spending 70% of operating expenses on an agency.”카지노
On the other hand, the association refuted, saying, “It is at the discretion of the Minister of Unification in consideration of the political situation, and not due to reasons attributable to the association.” .
The judge said, “The project can proceed only with the approval of the minister, but the association executed the down payment early before even applying for approval,” and “it is responsible for delaying by relying on the existing custom without proceeding with the approval process immediately.” .
However, ▲ approval was ultimately rejected by the Ministry of Unification ▲ The period from the date of signing the business agreement to the first training day was only 19 days, which made it necessary to conclude a contract for accommodation facilities to some extent ▲ Essential for the project to proceed Considering the lack of free contact with North Korea, the responsibility of the association was limited to 70%.