Cleveland.com is reporting that former national taekwondo champion Philip Ripepi filed suit in the U.S. District Court in Cleveland against the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee for negligence over a training injury that he says ended his career.

Ripepi claimed the Olympic Committee and USA Taekwondo failed to prevent or respond to a traumatic head injury he suffered during a 2018 training camp in England. The suit alleges that Ripepi was injured when a larger training partner kicked him in the back of the head during a non-contact drill and no one came to help him as he lay on the ground for several minutes. He was then pressured to continue working out later in the day.

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