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Swimmer, father beg to be reunited

29/03/2007 05:51:02 AM Comments (0)

The Ukrainian coach and his daughter who were captured on camera in an ugly scuffle at Melbourne's world swimming championships have begged to be reunited ahead of a court hearing today.

Mikhaylo Zubkov, 38, was filmed pushing and shoving daughter Kateryna Zubkova, 18, during an altercation in a marshalling area at Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday night.

Police took out an interim intervention order against Zubkov, preventing him from contacting or coming within 200 metres of his daughter.

He was bailed on his own undertaking to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court today.

Victoria Police are investigating whether any charges should be laid against him.

Kateryna told News Limited today the dispute was over a boyfriend.

"It's my fault too. I disobeyed him and he got upset," she told News Limited.

"He would never hurt me. He's a wonderful father.

"He loves me. He worries about me a lot."

Kateryna said she would appear in court today giving evidence on her father's behalf.

"I need him, my father and my coach. I need him by my side," she said.

"I am really sorry this has happened. It was a father-daughter thing and he was acting in the capacity of my father and not my coach."

In a separate interview, Zubkov apologised to his daughter.

"I am sorry. I never wanted to hurt you. I love you," he said.

"We had an argument .. a father and daughter argument, not between coach and daughter.

"It's nothing to do with us being in Australia, with swimming or the championship.

"It was a very emotional situation.

"I touched a very sensitive issue and emotions ran high.

"Unfortunately it was on camera. But shortly after everything was all right. We talked everything through without any problem."

Zubkov also apologised to the team, meet organisers and swimming associations.

FINA - the governing body of international swimming - immediately revoked Zubkov's accreditation and on Wednesday convened a disciplinary panel to decide his fate.

Under its constitution, FINA can impose a range of sanctions on the coach, including expulsion - a life ban - suspension, a fine or a warning.

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