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Jun 19, 2015

Park In-bee: South Korea’s unsmiling, silent assassin

SEOUL (Reuters) – Few golfers would describe Park In-bee’s languid, truncated swing as “textbook”, but after winning her sixth career major at the Women’s PGA Championship on Sunday, the South Korean is no doubt content to have played her way into the record books.

While New Zealand teen Lydia Ko’s stunning rise from amateur to world number one hogged the global golfing headlines over the last year, Park has quietly cemented her place as one of the game’s all-time greats.

Jun 15, 2015

For new Korean wave, perfect practice makes perfect

SEOUL (Reuters) – Unswerving dedication to endless hours of practice has long been touted as the key to South Korean success on the LPGA Tour, but for the current crop dominating the U.S. women’s circuit the days of bashing balls until their hands bleed are long gone.

A string of early retirements, prompted by nagging injuries and mental burnout, has forced many Korean players and coaches to rethink their relentless, robotic training routines and implement a more holistic approach, says Jay Hahn.

Jun 4, 2015

South Korean Cup hopes rest on Ji’s shoulders

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea suffered three straight defeats and shipped 11 goals at their only previous Women’s World Cup appearance in 2003, but it could be a different story this time around with English football’s player of the year Ji So-yun spearheading their Canadian campaign.

While their North Korean neighbours have appeared at four World Cups, reaching the quarter-finals in 2007, the South have not been able to make a similar impact on the international stage, failing to qualify in five of their seven campaigns.

Jun 4, 2015

Soccer-South Korean Cup hopes rest on Ji’s shoulders

SEOUL, June 4 (Reuters) – South Korea suffered three straight defeats and shipped 11 goals at their only previous Women’s World Cup appearance in 2003, but it could be a different story this time around with English football’s player of the year Ji So-yun spearheading their Canadian campaign.

While their North Korean neighbours have appeared at four World Cups, reaching the quarter-finals in 2007, the South have not been able to make a similar impact on the international stage, failing to qualify in five of their seven campaigns.

Jun 3, 2015

Golf-An eyes Olympic, Presidents Cup spots after Wentworth win

SEOUL, June 3 (Reuters) – An Byeong-hun’s victory at last month’s BMW PGA Championship could help open the door to Olympic and Presidents Cup berths, but the South Korean golfer knows he has a long way to go to match the exploits of his sporting parents.

An achieved the biggest win of his career in the lucrative European Tour event at Wentworth and his subsequent vault up the world rankings could help earn him a spot on the International Team at the Presidents Cup later this year.

May 14, 2015

Korea’s soldier-golfers fight to stay out of bunkers

SEOUL (Reuters) – While the lure of fame and fortune fires the imagination of most aspiring golfers, players on South Korea’s armed forces team hope their talents will let them fulfill two years of military service on the fairways rather than the frontlines.

With North Korea and its million-strong army regularly hurling threats of nuclear annihilation across the border, the South requires all able bodied men between the ages of 18 and 35 to undertake at least 21 months in the military.

May 14, 2015

Army discipline helps Korean Hur shoot for success

SEOUL (Reuters) – Hur In-hoi’s freewheeling lifestyle came to a crashing halt the day his mandatory military service began but the South Korean golfer says the switch to a life of discipline and deprivation has been good for his game.

Hur is one of the lucky few to be chosen for the army’s golf team, which was reformed earlier this year to take part in the Military World Games being hosted by Korea in October.

May 14, 2015

Feature: Korea’s soldier-golfers fight to stay out of bunkers

SEOUL (Reuters) – While the lure of fame and fortune fires the imagination of most aspiring golfers, players on South Korea’s armed forces team hope their talents will let them fulfil two years of military service on the fairways rather than the frontlines.

With North Korea and its million-strong army regularly hurling threats of nuclear annihilation across the border, the South requires all able bodied men between the ages of 18 and 35 to undertake at least 21 months in the military.

Mar 27, 2015

Tearful Park apologizes for failed doping test

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan choked back the tears on Friday as he apologized for a failed doping test that led to an 18-month ban from the sport and said he wished he could turn back time and do things differently.

Swimming’s governing body FINA handed out the ban on Monday at a hearing in Switzerland after the 25-year-old had tested positive for testosterone ahead of the Asian Games in September.

Mar 27, 2015

Swimming-Tearful Park apologises for failed doping test

SEOUL, March 27 (Reuters) – South Korea’s Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan choked back the tears on Friday as he apologised for a failed doping test that led to an 18-month ban from the sport and said he wished he could turn back time and do things differently.

Swimming’s governing body FINA handed out the ban on Monday at a hearing in Switzerland after the 25-year-old had tested positive for testosterone ahead of the Asian Games in September.

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      "Based in Singapore, I am the Chief Sub Editor for sports in Asia. In addition to sub editing duties I also compile monthly rotas for our team of deskers and reporters in the region, but I also get to do a lot of the fun stuff such as covering major sports events like the Olympics and World Cup."
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