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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