Monday, 15 October, 2018

Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min closer to military exemption

Spurs forward Son Heung-min has three chances of avoiding military service after reaching final Tottenham star Son Heung-min closes in on national service exemption
Jan Ortega | 03 September, 2018, 05:14

However, the source said it was not impossible that it could happen, with the 2002 World Cup providing a precedent.

Any South Korean athletes who win Olympic medals or Asian Games titles are exempt from the usual mandatory military service.

The "Taeguk Warriors" now face Japan in Saturday's final - with Son knowing victory would mean he avoids having to leave club team Tottenham for a lengthy period to complete his service.

'I don't think I need to say anything, ' said Son, refusing to be drawn on the subject.

Spurs fans were therefore celebrating on social media following South Korea's progression to the final.

"We've reached the semifinals and become one of four best teams in Asia so we aren't afraid of taking on anyone", said striker Nguyen Van Toan, who scored the only goal in the match against Syria on Monday.

In co-host city Palembang, Japanese teenagers Sakura Yosozumi and Kensuke Sasaoke provided a next-generation entree to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with gold medals in skateboarding.

Nyimas upgraded to bronze in the later street final behind Margie Didal of Philippines and Isa.

The 20-year-old Lee settled matters with his second of the game on 55 minutes.

India's top player Saurav Ghosal, who had been rested in the earlier matches, started the proceedings for the men's team today as he beat Thailand's Poonsiri Phuwis 11-8, 11-4, 12-10.

Bahrain's Edidiong Odiong reacts after winning the women's 200m final during the athletics competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. I'm just anxious about one thing, they may become too aggressive because they really want to win.

Since women's handball was introduced at the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing, Korea has missed out on gold only once, in 2010. In terms of the medal standings, South Korea is still in third place behind Japan, . and is unlikely to achieve its original target of 65 gold medals with less than five days of the Asian Games remaining.

Japan and the UAE were playing later Wednesday.

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