Unlike previous competitions, it was found that covering the training of the entire soccer team, including Hwang Seon-hong, was impossible for ‘safety reasons’ at the Hangzhou Asian Games.
An official from the Korea Football Association said on the 17th, “It is said that the principle of not allowing (reporters) to enter or cover the training ground during the entire tournament applies,” and “The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) confirmed that no media can cover team training.” “I gave it to you,” he said.
He continued, “This tournament will be centered around the Hangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee, but the operational aspect (of the soccer event) will be handled by the AFC.” He added, “The AFC has requested coverage of the training site several times from the organizing committee, but the response is said to have been negative.” He explained.
After being informed of the ‘no coverage’ policy, the Football Association officially requested that the training be opened to the media through the AFC, but it is said that the organizing committee only confirmed its intention that ‘safety has no choice but to be the top priority.’
The Korean national soccer team, led by coach Hwang Seon-hong, arrived in China the day before and is scheduled to hold its first local training at a school near Jinhua, Zhejiang Province, China, starting this afternoon, but the media has been unable to report on the scene.
The Football Association also looks embarrassed.
An official from the Football Association said, “We are embarrassed that this operational information was not (directly) communicated to us.”
The association is also currently checking whether a joint coverage area (mixed zone) will be operated where players can meet closely with reporters and express their thoughts immediately after the game.
The association, which wants to convey the players’ determination for the competition, is seeking ways to create opportunities to contact reporters by setting up a separate location or area before training.
Just before the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, various scenes, including the Bandung Institute of Technology playground in Bandung, Java and Barat Province, Indonesia, where training was held during the group stage, were revealed to reporters.
Domestic reporters were also given the opportunity to first check the condition of the turf at the Si Jalak Harupat Stadium in Bandung, where the first match against Bahrain was held.
Hwang Seon-hong will play the first match of Group E against Kuwait at Jinhua Stadium, about 140km southwest of Hangzhou, at 8:30 pm on the 19th.온라인바카라
Korean soccer, which won gold medals in succession at the 2014 Incheon Games and the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games, is attempting to win three consecutive championships for the first time in its history.
Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain), who plays the role of ‘ace’, is scheduled to complete his team’s schedule until the 20th and arrive in the country on the evening of the 21st to join the team.