'Queen hurdler' accuses former coach of sexual assault

A champion hurdler in Hong Kong has accused her former coach of sexually assaulting her when she was a middle school student.

Lui Laiyiu revealed on November 29 - the day when she turned 23 - that the coach molested her in his home when she was around 13 years old.

Ms Lui, who is billed as the 'queen hurdler of Hong Kong', said she was inspired by American Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney, who in October revealed that she had been sexually abused by her former gymnastics doctor for seven years.

She said by turning herself from a victim to a survivor of sexual assault, she was giving herself a birthday gift.

The Chief Executive of Hong Kong said she would handle the matter seriously and has asked the police to investigate the allegations. 

Lui Laiyiu, a hurdler from Hong Kong, revealed this week that she was sexually assaulted by a former coach in her middle school

Ms Lui, who just turned 23, is an Asian champion

Lui Laiyiu (pictured), a hurdler from Hong Kong, has revealed that she was sexually assaulted by a former coach in her middle school. Ms Lui, who just turned 23, is an Asian champion

Ms Lui (pictured) won the gold medal of the women's 60 metres hurdles during the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, in September

Ms Lui (pictured) won the gold medal of the women's 60 metres hurdles during the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, in September

The Hong Kong athlete uploaded the post onto her Facebook account under the #MeToo hashtag, a recent social media campaign started by American actress Alyssa Milano to urge women to speak up about surviving sexual assault.

Ms Lui, an Asian champion, referred to the assaulter as 'coach Y', who trained her about a decade ago. She said that 'coach Y' had trained her with his whole heart, and she trusted and respected him.

The athlete claimed that one Saturday, 'coach Y' called her and offered to give her a muscle massage.

'A massage, from an athlete's point of view, is absolutely normal,' Ms Lui wrote.

The athlete made the sexual assault allegation in a Facebook post (above) on her 23rd birthday 

The athlete made the sexual assault allegation in a Facebook post (above) on her 23rd birthday 

The 23-year-old hurdler said by writing about the matter she had turned herself from a victim of sexual assault to a survivor

Ms Lui said by making the matter public she was giving herself a birthday gift

The 23-year-old hurdler said by writing about the matter she had turned herself from a victim of sexual assault to a survivor, and by doing so she was giving herself a birthday gift

The two allegedly met at their school's playground, but 'coach Y' soon suggested Ms Lui go home with him.

At the coach's home, the man was said to tell Ms Lui to lie on his bed so he could 'massage' her. He then took off her trousers and underpants and started touching her privates.

Ms Lui said after the incident, she and 'coach Y' still stayed in touch. She said she even celebrated birthday for him every year because, as she wrote, 'humans are a contradictory animal'.

However, she admitted that she felt physically resistant to staying close to the coach whenever she saw him; and after she grew up

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