Soccer: Year’s ban for Koreans over booze-and-girls scandal

SEOUL: South Korea’s Premiership striker Lee Dong-Gook and goalkeeper Lee Woon-Jae were banned from South Korea’
s national team for a year on Friday for an early-hours booze-and-girls session during the Asian Cup.

Defender Kim Sang-Sik and forward Woo Sung-Yong were also hit with year bans by the Korean Football Association
(KFA) in what officials described as the harshest punishment in years. Goalkeeper Lee, captain at the time and an Asian
Player of the Year nominee, was handed 80 hours’ community service and a three-year suspension from KFA matches
for leading the drinking spree. Lee Gap-Jin, head of the KFA disciplinary committee, told reporters Lee deserved
“heavy punishment” for taking his team-mates to a karaoke bar where they drank late into the night with female staff.
National players “must be punished for leaving their quarters for drinking in the middle of important international matches,” he said.

Fourteen years ago, this stretch of the city was a blighted riot zone.

By 7 a.m., with the crowd of more than 1,500 Koreans decked out in Red Devils shirts,
little devil horns, and Korean flags spilling over onto Wilshire Boulevard, the LAPD caved and just shut down the city's primary east-west surface artery between Western and Hobart.
An endless loop of Korean fight songs was piped into the plaza while a yell leader and a Samulnori ensemble on the stage lead the litany of cheers.

GARDEN GROVE ? Sang Woo Shin didn’t go to work today. Neither did Mi Chong Park. Anna Geon, a Pacifica High School junior, skipped classes this morning.
Instead of work and school, they joined about a thousand spectators who turned out at a Garden Grove shopping plaza to cheer on the South Korean World Cup soccer team.
Spectators watched a nail-biting, 2-1 comeback victory by South Korea against Togo on a 32-feet-high by 40-foot-wide television screen.
Fans came from Orange County, Los Angeles and even as far as Las Vegas to wear their red South Korea T-shirts and show their national pride.
The sea of red swarmed the parking lot, chanting "Republic of Korea" in Korean to the beat of traditional drums at 5 a.m.
The Korean American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County and the Orange County Korean Sports Association organized the free viewing party.
The remaining two Korea games will also be aired at the Arirang Shopping Plaza parking lot on the big screen.

Man Utd midfielder Ji-Sung Park had his Kia car vandalised

by team-mates because it was not a match for their own motors. (Daily Express)

Byung Hyun Kim

Kim initially tipped his cap when his name was announced,
then when fans began booing he lifted his right hand and put up his middle finger.
Kim's gesture upset reliever Mike Timlin, the last player introduced before Kim.

"I was standing right next to him. I was personally embarrassed,"
said Timlin, who pitched three perfect innings.
"He's a man. He's got to control his actions.

Korean pitcher DQ'd from Classic

03/18/2006 1:25 AM ET
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com

SAN DIEGO -- Korean pitcher Myung Hwan Park is the first player who tested positive
for drug use and was thus ejected from the World Baseball Classic, the tournament
directors announced on Friday night.

Park, who made one relief appearance for the 6-0 Koreans, pitching two innings of
scoreless, hitless ball, while hitting a batter, walking two and striking out three.

By virtue of the rules governing the tournament, Park is banned from international
competition for the next two years. If he tests positively a second time, Park is banned for life.

The news came on the eve of Korea's semifinal rematch with Japan on Saturday night
at 10 p.m. ET in PETCO Park. The winner plays the victor of Saturday's other semifinal
game between Cuba and the Dominican Republic for the inaugural Classic championship
on Monday night at 9 p.m. ET.

The Classic drug policy is tailored to rules that govern international sporting events
and was negotiated and originally signed two years ago by Major League Baseball,
the MLB Players Association and the International Baseball Federation.

Any Major League player testing positive during this event would not be subject to
sanction this season under MLB's revised drug policy that recently went into effect.
Under that new "three strikes and you're out" policy, a player would miss 50 games
for the first positive test, 100 games for the second and receive a lifetime ban (with
right of appeal) for the third.

Korean fans seemingly making up most of the crowd of 42,639, chanting "Dae-Han-Min-Kook" ("Great Korea") and banging their noisemakers in a scoreless tie.
They had seen Korea play the same game Wednesday night, then score twice late.

6 South Koreans Fail Doping Tests

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Published: July 12, 1992
At least six members of South Korea's Olympic team have failed doping tests, with two showing traces of steroid use, a news article reports.
Yonhap, South Korea's national news agency, did not identify the six, but reported today that several medal hopefuls for the Barcelona Olympics were among them, including two of whom tested positive for steroids.

The four others, according to Yonhap, showed signs of using stimulants or diuretics.

"Those who fail re-examinations will not only be banned from the Barcelona Games but will also have their qualifications suspended for a certain period," Yonhap quoted an official of the Korea Olympic Committee as saying.

Short Track

One person who understands the challenges facing USA short track speed skating star Apolo Anton Ohno is his former USA Olympic teammate Dan Weinstein.
Ohno's biggest challenge comes from a very motivated South Korean team that figured in several controversial short-track battles in Salt Lake.
Most memorable was the 1500m where South Korean Kim Dong-Sung cut in front of Ohno causing the American to throw up his hands in protest
before resuming skating. Kim crossed the line first but was soon disqualified for interference and Ohno claimed the gold.
Something that poses a more problematic call for short-track officials is the illegal,
but more difficult to police, "team skating" tactic,
But what is "team skating"?
"It's when a team works together to help one of their own. It might be having one skater act like a "rabbit" in track
and field to take the pace out fast to tire out a particular opponent.
It could be one skater impeding or even cross-tracking a rival -- taking one for the team -- to help a teammate," said Weinstein
→While "team skating" is probably done by other countries, the nation most often accused of the tactic is South Korea,
the country with the deepest field in the men's Olympic competition.
"In most of Apolo's races, he will probably be the only American skater in the final where he should be facing multiple Korean challengers,
especially Ahn Hyun-Soo , the world's best and most consistent short-track champion, and his heir apparent, teenaged Lee Ho-Suk ."
And how will Apolo react?
He knows the Koreans are notorious for team skating and will certainly be keeping his eyes --
and options -- open to stay out of trouble.
Bottom line though, Apolo has the talent to win from either the front or back."

In the immediate aftermath of the Salt Lake Games, angry South Korean fans sent more than 16,000 emails to the United States Olympic Committee,
crashing the USOC’s Internet server.

During the following year, Ohno received death threats,
and his father was harassed by South Korean journalists in his hometown of Seattle.

Later in 2002, it became clear that the disqualification had left an impression on more than just South Korean short track fans.
At a World Cup soccer game in Daegu, South Korea, striker Ahn Jung-Hwan scored a goal for the home team against the United States,
then celebrated by simulating a short track skater -- a clear indication, on one of the world's largest sports stages,
that the Salt Lake controversy had not been forgetten.

More than a year later, the anger and distrust on both sides remained.
In November 2003, Ohno refused to compete at a World Cup event in South Korea, citing security concerns.
In fact, the fear was so great that a majority of U.S. skaters voted not to go, and the entire team stayed home.

The 2004 Athens Games brought more tension.
In the men’s all-around gymnastics competition,
American Paul Hamm made an apparently miraculous comeback to overcome two South Korean athletes to win gold.
Officials later announced that Hamm had benefited from a judging error -- that if his score had been computed correctly,
South Korea’s Yang Tae-Young would have been the victor.
further fueling South Korean animosity towards the United States and its athletes.



Speed skating-Riot police greet Ohno in South Korea

Reuters.uk Tue Oct 4, 2005
More than 100 riot police were dispatched to Seoul's main international airport for Ohno's arrival on Monday for the World Cup Short Track event that runs from Friday to Sunday.
Ohno began training on Tuesday, with numerous security personnel and police assigned to protect him.
The United States Olympic Committee Web site subsequently crashed after it was overloaded with 16,000 e-mails from angry South Koreans
while the South Korean team threatened to boycott the closing ceremony.

Ohno received death threats while South Korean journalists harassed his hairdresser father in Seattle and dubbed Ohno the country's most hated athlete.

South Korea and the United States have been involved in other sporting controversies.
At the 1988 Seoul Olympics there was a dubious boxing decision and in Athens last year
South Korean sports fans were livid over American Paul Hamm's gymnastics gold they said should have gone to South Korean Yang Tae-young

Ohno will skate in S. Korea after controversy in 2002 Olympics
Two years ago, Ohno decided not to enter an event in Jeonju City, South Korea,
against a backdrop of Internet death threats and a Korean newspaper report calling him "the most hated athlete in South Korea."

Win Over Italy Among FIFA's Top Upsets

The national soccer team's golden goal win over Italy in the 2002 World Cup is one of the top eleven upsets
in the history of FIFA, soccer's world governing body. To celebrate its centennial anniversary, FIFA has released
the limited edition DVD set "FIFA Fever" produced by the United Kingdom-based Whiteground.
South Korea's 2-1 victory is featured In the second volume "Great Games: The Upsets." Also ranked among
the top upsets is North Korea's shocking 1-0 win over Italy in the 1966 World Cup quarterfinals.

Korea DPR told to play at neutral venue

29 April 2005, by FIFAworldcup.com
The FIFA Disciplinary Committee met today in Zurich under the chairmanship of Marcel
Mathier (Switzerland). The decisions taken today included the following, which have
already been notified to the three associations mentioned below who were all present at
FIFA headquarters:
DPR Korea Football Association:
Following the incidents that occurred during the games of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany
(TM) preliminary competition Korea DPR-Bahrain (March 26, 2005) and KoreaDPR-Iran (March
30, 2005), the next scheduled "home game" of Korea DPR in this competition (v Japan on June
8, 2005) will be played on neutral ground and behind closed doors. FIFA will announce the venue
in due course. In addition, the DPR Korea Football Association has been fined CHF 20,000.
IR Iran Football Association:
Following the incidents that occurred after the game of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany
(TM) preliminary competition Iran-Japan (March 26, 2005), the next home game of Iran in
this competition (v Korea DPR on June 3, 2005) will be played with a maximum attendance
of 50,000 spectators. In addition, the IR Iran Football Association has been fined CHF

Problems in the identity and Philosophy of Taegwondo and Their Historical Causes

Steven D. Capener, ph. D,
It has been postulated that t'aegwondo is Korea's most effective diplomatic tool, achieving what Korea's most skilled diplomats have been unable to accomplish; that is, bring the citizens of advanced western countries to an attitude of respect before the Korean flag. It has been further argued that t'aegwondo, as the Korean national sport, and one of the repositories of traditional, indigenous Korean culture, plays a vital role in preserving traditional Korean culture in the face of western cultural imperialism. T'aegwondo, a martial sport, has been given these rather weighty responsibilities because t'aegwondo has been popularized as a unique product of Korean culture, continuously extant in Korean history since the beginning of the Three Kingdoms period, some 1300 years ago. The importance placed on (his history of unique development within Korea is understandable as it provides t'aegwondo with a Korean pedigree (chokpo) granting legitimacy as a traditional Korean institution imbued with an ancient and mysterious past which not only holds great appeal to non-Koreans, but also serves as a source of national pride to Koreans themselves who crave an internationally recognizable symbols of their culture.

The overemphasis on establishing and asserting t'aegwondo's indigenous Korean origins and development, however, has actually been an impediment to t'aegwondo's potential growth and development. T'aegwondo seems to have reached it's goals of international recognition upon its inclusion as an official sport in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, testimony to the incredible growth of t'aegwondo as a sport in the last 35 years, that t'aegwondo is now grappling with serious philosophic problems, regarding its identity and future development. The main cause of these problems is found in the history of t'aegwondo's origins. The fact that t'aegwondo was first brought into Korea from Japan in the form of Japanese karate around the time of the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule, and the way this fact has been dealt with in Korea has left many serious inconsistencies in the way t'aegwondo has been development within Korea and propagated abroad.... The concept of martial art based on the Chinese philosophical concept of tao was developed in Japan beginning with the transformation of swordmanship from a battlefield necessity to a form of philosophic human movement. This philosophical concept, as it was applied to fighting skills by the Japanese, did not exist in Korea. Rather, during the last half of the Choson dynasty, physical activity, especially of a martial nature, became all object of scorn and a sign of low breeding as seen in the royal court attitude of valuing learning and disregarding martial skill. Koreans' first concrete exposure to this concept of martial art was through the martial arts training judo and kendo under the militaristic education policy effected by the Japanese during the colonial period. This concept was reinforced with the entry of karate into Korea. The propagation of the philosophies associated with karate flourished as did many other Japanese policies and methodologies. This was especially true in the sport and physical education realms as can be seen by the fact that the faculty of the physical education department of Seoul National University at that time consisted almost exclusively of Japanese trained educators whose teaching and training methods were exclusively Japanese.






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