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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on January 17th, 2013 at 11:57 pm

Korean Athletics Chief Open To Naturalizing Foreign Athletes

I just cannot see someone from a country like Kenya being naturalized just so Korea has someone competitive in marathons, but I guess we will see what happens:

South Korea’s athletics chief is open to naturalizing foreign athletes to lift marathon’s standard in the Asian country, local media reported on Wednesday.

Hwang Young-cho won the marathon gold for the country in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics while Lee Bong-ju bagged silver four years later in Atlanta.

However, in recent years South Korean athletes have failed to replicate that success, prompting the Korea Association of Athletic Federations (KAAF) to look for ways of reviving the past glory.

“I’ve had extensive discussions with experts in the field on how to revive our marathon,” KAAF chairman Oh Dong-jin was quoted as saying by the Yonhap news agency.

“To help improve our national record, giving South Korean citizenship to foreign-born athletes is considered an option.”  [Reuters]

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  • Dr.Yu
    5:54 am on January 18th, 2013 1

    Lance Armstrong could apply for a position in Korea. He could argue that during his countless blood transfusion he got some blood from Koreans, and now that he has korean blood in his vein he got the right to compete for Korea, just like any ordinary korean. LOL

  • guitard
    9:31 am on January 18th, 2013 2

    He ain’t got the balls to do that. :oops:

  • Smokes
    10:20 am on January 18th, 2013 3

    Never underestimate Korea’s desire to say “Look that’s a Korean who did that!”; it surely overpowers the inate racism/nationalism here. Look how bad they want Benson Henderson.

  • Dr.Yu
    10:52 am on January 18th, 2013 4

    #3. Jesse Owens is an emblematic case in the USA. He won the Olympic for a country that heated him because of his color skin and appropriated his achievements for nationalist propaganda ….

  • JoeC
    11:22 am on January 18th, 2013 5

    I might have more to say on the general idea of importing or adopting foreign athletes to improve national identity later but I have a more specific question for now.

    Is Korea really conducive to long distance cross country running?

    I imagine part of the reason the Kenyans and North or East Africans excel at that type of running is that their climates and terrain provides plenty of opportunities for young people there to get into it. When I think of Korea, particularly the road and traffic conditions in the developed country today, it just doesn’t seem to be a good fit. I don’t even like the idea of riding a bike any distance in Korea.

  • Kangaji
    11:27 am on January 18th, 2013 6

    설마…

  • MTB Rider
    2:18 pm on January 18th, 2013 7

    The bike trails are really good here in Korea, with more constantly being built. And Korea has an active and growing interest in both Mountain and Road Bike racing.

    There is not a lot of long distance running done though, nor a culture of running. Or at least not as much as there are hikers and bicyclists. And rollerbladers.

  • guitard
    6:11 pm on January 18th, 2013 8

    JoeC wrote:

    Is Korea really conducive to long distance cross country running?

    I imagine part of the reason the Kenyans and North or East Africans excel at that type of running is that their climates and terrain provides plenty of opportunities for young people there to get into it. When I think of Korea, particularly the road and traffic conditions in the developed country today, it just doesn’t seem to be a good fit. I don’t even like the idea of riding a bike any distance in Korea.

    If you are looking for a good place to do long distance running training in one of the big cities like Seoul, Daegu or Pusan – you’re going to have problems. But there are thousands of miles of quiet country roads and trails in Korea. And most of them are mountainous – just like the ones they train on in Kenya.

    Go out to Gangwon-do and drive around up in the mountains. You can go for 15-20 minutes at a time before seeing another car.

  • HonoH Tron San
    8:17 pm on January 18th, 2013 9

    Kiyoshi Inoue Professor

    Chinese documents marked Diaoyu Islands

    http://www.skycitygallery.com/japan/diaohist.html

  • Teadrinker
    4:55 pm on January 19th, 2013 10

    #4,

    Jesse Owens was hated by the whole country? You’re nuts.

    A better example would have been Jim Thorpe, who won medals at a time when not all American Indians were given US citizenship. He was stripped of these medals for having done what many white American Olympic athletes had done to make ends meet: make a few bucks playing semi-professional sports.

  • Smokes
    1:13 am on January 20th, 2013 11

    #4:
    1. Owens was American from birth.
    2. No one wins the Olympics.
    3. His achievements have been, are, and always will be his own; America doesn’t take its citizens achivements.
    4. The topic wasn’t America circa 1936, it’s Korea circa right now so quit deflecting.
    5. What’s your Doctorate in? Being wrong?

    Fun fact: Jesse Owens was a moderate smoker for 35 years.
    Not so fun fact: He died of Lung Cancer.

 

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