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South Korean volleyball twins Lee Jae-yeong and Lee Da-yeong dropped amid bullying scandal By Ben Church and Gawon Bae, CNN

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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This picture taken on January 26, 2021 shows South Korean women volleyball twin stars Lee Jae-yeong (L) and Lee Da-yeong (R) of the Heungkuk Life Insurance Pink Spiders posing after they selected as All-Stars before a V-League game at a gymnasium in Incheon. - Two twin South Korean women volleyball stars have been suspended from the national team over allegations of school bullying, reports said on February 15, in the latest sporting abuse scandal to hit the country. (Photo by - / various sources / AFP) / South Korea OUT (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

South Korean volleyball twins Lee Jae-yeong and Lee Da-yeong have been dropped from their national and club sides amid claims of teenage bullying.

(CNN)South Korean volleyball twins Lee Jae-yeong and Lee Da-yeong have been dropped from their national and club sides amid claims of teenage bullying.

The 24-year-old sisters, two of the country's best known female athletes, have both apologized after being anonymously accused of bullying previous students at their school.

In Jae-yeong's apology she referred to "actions and images from her teenage years. "

Meanwhile, on her personal Instagram account, Jae-yeong wrote that she was "seriously sorry to those who had to suffer from my wrongful words and actions from my teenage years. "

The Korean Volleyball Association (KFA) released a statement on Monday which confirmed both sisters would be dropped from the national team ahead of this year's Olympic Games.

"We decided that it will be difficult to prevent recurrence of similar cases if we don't take tough actions against currently issuing school bullying cases," read a statement.

"Therefore, considering the gravity of the situation, we will indefinitely rule out school violence perpetrators from the 2021 Volleyball Nations League, 2020 Tokyo Olympics and other national team player selection for all international competitions. "

"We also would like to apologize to the victims who suffered due to the players' wrongful actions. "

The Korean Volleyball Federation (KOVO), the governing body for the professional competitions in South Korea, issued a statement on Tuesday that said it would "exclude players" involved in bullying and launched an initiative to eradicate violence in school.

"The Korean Volleyball Federation, as an organization that manages and operates the league, feels strong responsibility and would like to apologize to the victims and disappointed volleyball fans in regard to the recently issued bullying case involving professional players' teenage years," read the statement.

In recent years there have been a number of accusations of bullying in South Korean sport, notably following the suicide of a triathlete and a culture of abuse in South Korean speedskating.

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