I think you may hear people say, ‘Why are you going when you won the gold medal?’ Personally, I think this will be a reason to prepare better.”Midfielder Ko Young-jun of Pohang Steelers in K-League 1, a professional soccer team, is a gold medalist at the Hangzhou Asian Games held last year.As a member of the Hwangseonhongho team, he defeated Japan in the final and won a gold medal, and also received military service benefits for winning the gold medal.Coach Hwang Seon-hong, who is looking forward to qualifying for the Paris Olympics held in July this year, once again called Ko Young-jun as a member of the Olympic team.
Ko Young-Jun was again included in the list of training participants in Turkyeye to prepare for the 2024 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-23 Asian Cup, an Olympic qualifier.Ko Young-jun met with reporters ahead of his departure at Incheon International Airport Terminal 1 on the afternoon of the 13th and said, “Other athletes may look at it very negatively,” but added, “The Olympics is a big competition. It is a good opportunity for me as well.”Both the Olympics and the Asian Games are international competitions with military service benefits at stake.
Ko Young-jun, who has the possibility of participating in both competitions, said, “When the Asian Games ended, several friends congratulated me, but I thought that the congratulations may not all be 100% sincere. Although they did not tell me, they all thought so in their hearts. “You might be thinking about it,” he said. In an earlier interview with reporters, Coach Hwang also mentioned players such as Ko Young-jun and Hwang Jae-won (Daegu) who are playing together for two consecutive tournaments.
Coach Hwang emphasized, “I don’t think national team players wear the Taegeuk symbol on their chests for one reason (military service benefits),” and added, “If you receive an opportunity like this, you should do your best with the mindset of representing the country.”He added, “We will guide them in that direction. We will communicate with the athletes and ensure that there are no problems with motivation at the Olympics.” He added, “The athletes actually think that way.”Go Young-jun was determined to be on the final list as he received a rare opportunity.Ko Young-jun said, “I would like to be evaluated as having been selected fairly and made it to the national team without hearing such criticism. I will train and compete every day,” and added, 슬롯게이밍 “I will do my best.”