Tottenham star Son Heung-min closes in on national service exemption

Kristopher Nichols
September 3, 2018

All able-bodied South Korean men must complete 21 months service in the military as a deterrent against the North, but exemptions are offered to athletes who win gold at the Asian Games or a medal of any colour at the Olympics.

Son, who would have to report for duty within the next two years if South Korea do not win the final, took leave from the Premier League to join the squad in Indonesia.

Vietnam grabbed a consolation goal through a curling Tran Minh Vuong free-kick as they pressed for a way back into the game, but it was too late and South Korea were in the final and on the cusp of a record fifth Asian Games title, their second in a row.

"Back then (in 2002) I was an assistant coach, but now I'm a head coach", Park said after Vietnam's quarterfinal win over Syria set up a semifinal showdown against the South Koreans. s " We were stopped in the semifinals in 2002, but this time we will have a different result".

"Nah, the game was too late. was hard to watch but I was very happy (for) my team", he said.

With skateboarding's Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 on the horizon, the Japanese showed their preparations are going well at the Jakabaring Sport City SkateBoard Stadium.

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

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

There was also double successes for China today in the 20 kilometres race walking events, courtesy of Wang Kaihua in the men's and Yang Jiayu in the women's, as well as the two diving competitions.

At the Asian Games in Indonesia, another under-23 tournament, Vietnam's so-called "Golden Stars" have reached the last four - and fans at home are getting excited. And so Son is attempting to win the Asian Games to avoid this.

Lee smashed South Korea in front after just seven minutes in Cibinong, near Jakarta, following some nifty footwork from Hwang Hee-chan.

Japan and the UAE were playing later Wednesday.

China's men's basketball team secured a ticket to the Asian Games final after beating Chinese Taipei in the semifinals on Thursday.

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