For South Koreans, Olympic Medal is Only Way Out of Military

#Olympic medal is the only way out of 18-month mandatory military service for Korean men. In 2002, the South Korean government made an exception for the national soccer team at the 2002 World Cup, hosted by South Korea and Japan. The team would receive exemptions by reaching the round of 16. South Korea made it to the semifinals.

Although Olympic athletes’ goal is to win the championship and get a medal and be honoured, it’s hard to ignore the perks of winning medal. Here is the interview with the two South Korean golfers, Sungjae Im and Si Woo Kim: //

대한민국 남성이 18개월 의무병역에서 벗어날 수 있는 유일한 길은 올림픽 메달입니다. 2002년 한국정부는 한국과 일본이 함께 개최한 2002년 월드컵에서 축구 대표팀에게 의무병역 면제를 허용했습니다. 대표님이 16강에 진출하면 면제를 받게 됩니다. 한국은 준결승에 진출했습니다.

올림픽 선수들의 궁극적인 목표는 우승하여 메달 획득과 명예를 얻는 것이지만 한국 남자선수들에게 있어서 메달 획득의 의미는 무엇보다 특별 할 수 있습니다.


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