Olympics organisers called for "respect" on Wednesday after Canadian short-track speed skater Kim Boutin was abused online by Korean fans. Boutin, 23, put her Twitter account into "protected" mode after a flood of abusive messages following the women's 500m race, in which South Korea's Choi Min-jeong was disqualified. Boutin's critics said she should have been disqualified instead of Choi, South Korea's leading medal hope, after they came together mid-race. "Clearly we would ask everyone to respect the athletes and their performances and support the great work they've done and support the Olympic spirit," said International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams. "These Olympics are about bringing different countries together to compete in a spirit of friendship." Team Canada said they had referred the matter to their security staff and Canadian police.