Asian Games: Son claims Golden service exemption

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Had his team not won, he could have been facing almost two years of military service, which would have seen him miss significant time with Spurs.

And as you might expect, the win went down especially well with Spurs fans who were dreading losing the dynamic player who has become such a favourite in recent years. "They are so special". "When I saw our fans waving the national flags in the stands at the end, I was incredibly grateful".

Any South Korean athletes who win Olympic medals or Asian Games titles are exempt from the usual military conscription, and Son set up both Korean goals to help capture his and his teammates' dispensations Saturday.

After the game, while expressing his determination to keep the winning mentality going into the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, ... the head coach told reporters that they might field a unified team with North Korean players at the upcoming Asian Handball Championship in December. "It reminded me of the fact that a lot can happen so quickly in football", Son said. Now I'm looking forward to getting back to England and showing what I can do.

Hugely popular at Spurs, Son joked before the final that he was upset team-mates Harry Kane and Dele Alli hadn't texted.

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Those without a chance of a presidential pardon have turned to more drastic measures - many young men intentionally gain or lose weight, feign mental illness, get full body tattoos or resort to self-harm in order to get an exemption, according to the Yonhap news agency. "Of course when I see the people support me, I want to give something back and this is the best present for my life". I hope this makes them happy.

South Korea put Lee Seung-woo on for Kim Jung-min in the 57th minute to reinforce their offense. We all hope we can win.

The same thing happened in the 2014 tournament, though Son, playing for Bayer Leverkusen at the time, was not released by his club.

After his ordeal was finally over, the World Cup star complained his chunky winner's medal was "heavy". Son said, as per John Duerden of the Guardian.