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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.

Mar 25, 2015

Apology the priority for Park, says swim federation

SEOUL (Reuters) – The head of South Korea’s swimming federation says there will be time to discuss Park Tae-hwan’s future but first and foremost the swimmer has to apologize for failing a doping test that resulted in an 18-month ban.

Park, a twice world champion and the first Korean to win an Olympic swimming medal, tested positive for testosterone in an out-of-competition test conducted by the sport’s ruling body FINA last September ahead of the Asian Games.

Mar 25, 2015

Swimming-Apology the priority for Park, says swim federation

SEOUL, March 25 (Reuters) – The head of South Korea’s swimming federation says there will be time to discuss Park Tae-hwan’s future but first and foremost the swimmer has to apologise for failing a doping test that resulted in an 18-month ban.

Park, a twice world champion and the first Korean to win an Olympic swimming medal, tested positive for testosterone in an out-of-competition test conducted by the sport’s ruling body FINA last September ahead of the Asian Games.

Mar 20, 2015

Basketball – Jefferson stretches team patience to breaking point

SEOUL (Reuters) – Some basketball players sing along to the national anthem in South Korea, others stand in stony-faced silence, trying keep emotions in check. Changwon LG’s U.S. import Davon Jefferson chose to stretch and limber up. Big mistake.

Jefferson was kicked to the curb by the Korean Basketball League team on Friday after the 6 foot 5 inch (1.99m) American sparked a backlash from fans in the build-up to Wednesday’s KBL playoff game against Ulsan Mobis Phoebus.

Mar 19, 2015

Pyeongchang making progress, work still to be done – IOC

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) – Pyeongchang has “no time to lose” and still has a lot of work to do but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is satisfied that the venues for the 2018 Winter Games will be ready on time.

Gunilla Lindberg, chair of the IOC’s coordination committee for 2018, told reporters at a news conference in Gangneung on Thursday that there had been “big progress” since January when the IOC last visited to gauge progress.

Mar 19, 2015

Olympics-Pyeongchang making progress, work still to be done: IOC

GANGNEUNG, South Korea, March 19 (Reuters) – Pyeongchang has “no time to lose” and still has a lot of work to do but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is satisfied that the venues for the 2018 Winter Games will be ready on time.

Gunilla Lindberg, chair of the IOC’s coordination committee for 2018, told reporters at a news conference in Gangneung on Thursday that there had been “big progress” since January when the IOC last visited to gauge progress.

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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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