Korea’s Sports

From baseball to speed skating via football and of course Taekwondo, Korea is passionate about its sports. Here you’ll find LKL’s articles which touch on Korea’s sports. Most of the in-depth sporting coverage is written by Aashish Ghadvi. You can find all his articles here.

As the Olympic flag was passed from Sochi to the mayor of Pyeongchang, it was time for a brief preview of the 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony. The BBC voiceover was done by sports commentator Hazel Irvine, who had been handed a press briefing but no more. Helpfully, she identified that the bird characters on […]

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Yuna is still Queen

by Philip Gowman 23 February 2014
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Regardless of the controversy, Kim Yuna bowed out with dignity: “The judges give points and I can’t do anything about that,” she is reported as saying. “I did all I wanted to do, like I wanted to do it. … I’m just glad it’s over.” A few relevant links: The Change.org petition: Open Transparent Scores […]

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Design a flag for the joint Olympic team for the two Koreas

by Philip Gowman 20 July 2013
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This is your chance to design a Unification Flag for Korea, for the Gwangju Design Biennale 2013. Who knows, it could be the flag used by a joint Korean team in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Korean-style, there’s not much time before the submission deadline. And the instructions aren’t very clear. Make of it what […]

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The Good Friday transatlantic K-blog meetup

by Philip Gowman 29 March 2013
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9 o’clock in the morning on the Good Friday bank holiday at a Hammersmith coffee shop might not seem the likeliest place for a K-blog meetup. But Roy Ghim, from the Tavern of the Taekguk Warriors, a US-based Korean football site, had just arrived at Heathrow and was on his way into town. And as […]

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Kim Yu-na wins again

by Philip Gowman 19 March 2013
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Congratulations to Kim Yu-na on regaining her world figure-skating championship title in effortless style. Sadly, her next big contest, at the Sochi Winter Olympics, will be her last. “The reigning Olympic champion looked as if she’d never been away, with an exquisite and elegant performance that left the audience spellbound. The crowd was on its […]

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Aashish Gadhvi assesses Korea’s poor performance against Croatia with the help of Ki Sung-yueng

by Aashish Gadhvi 5 March 2013
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South Korea were back in rainy old London Town to have their now annual friendly against Croatia at Craven Cottage, the home of Fulham FC. After previous visits to London to play Greece, Serbia and Ivory Coast, Korea has now made London a decent stop in their international calendar. Although some cynics would see these […]

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QPR launches new Twitter account for their Korean fans

by Philip Gowman 18 February 2013
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Queens Park Rangers has just launched a Korean-language Twitter account targeted at Korean fans, now that it has two high-profile Korean players. Park Ji-sung and Yun Suk-Young gave fans a welcome message on the club’s YouTube channel: The Twitter feed launched on Saturday, and 48 hours later it already has 1,700 followers. “The new @OfficialQPR_KR […]

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Korea’s training day, and interview with Lee Chung-yong

by Aashish Gadhvi 12 February 2013
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When I first found out Korea were again coming to London to play a friendly against Croatia I was determined to report the match for LKL in the way I had done for their previous friendlies. This also reminded me of the training session the team had prior to the Ivory Coast friendly which I […]

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Korea v Croatia – the live tweets

by Aashish Gadhvi 6 February 2013
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The as-it-happened commentary on South Korea’s defeat at the hands of Croatia, live on Twitter (Craven Cottage wi-fi permitting)… 2:09pm #koreaVcroatia kicks off… Come on Korea! 2:11pm A rainy but lively Craven Cottage: 2:14pm Son Heung min with a wide long shot which makes the crowd go wild! 2:14pm A narrow misses header from Ivica […]

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Follow South Korea v Croatia live on LKL’s Twitter feed!

by Philip Gowman 5 February 2013
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Ash is back! Aashish Ghadvi, LKL’s sports correspondent, is back on duty for South Korea’s friendly with Croatia at Craven Cottage tomorrow (Wed 6 Feb, kick-off 2pm GMT). Internet access in Fulham permitting, he’ll be tweeting live from the match on LKL’s Twitter feed (@lklinks), and there’ll be a full write up with interviews on […]

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South Korea play Croatia at Craven Cottage

by Philip Gowman 4 February 2013
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Fulham Football Club seems to be the favoured venue for South Korea’s friendly internationals. 2007 it was Greece (a 1-0 victory). 2009 was Serbia (another 1-0 victory). They moved to the QPR ground at Loftus Road for their 2-0 victory over Ivory Coast in 2010. This Wednesday, 6 February, at 2pm, they return to Craven […]

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Looking back at 2012: Culture, tourism and branding stories

by Philip Gowman 22 January 2013
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The first of four articles in which we look back at some of the stories which caught our attention during the course of 2012. In this first article we look at cultural promotion, heritage, tourism and related topics. Heritage and Cultural Promotion Korea’s national folk song, Arirang, was listed as world Intangible Cultural Heritage by […]

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Ramyun and the Dons: AFC Wimbledon announces Nongshim Noodle deal

by Philip Gowman 12 January 2013
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Noodle soup while watching the footie? Sounds great: AFC Wimbledon are pleased to announce the launch of a new commercial partnership with Nongshim, South Korea’s number one noodle manufacturer. The deal, which will run until the end of the season, will see the chance for Nongshim products to be sampled at the Cherry Red Records […]

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The London Korean Links Awards 2012

by Philip Gowman 31 December 2012
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The seventh eclectic and highly personal commemoration of the best of the past year. Personality of the Year Runner up There were plenty of personalities in the South Korean Olympic team, particularly the pistol shooters, archers and the gymnasts. But the athlete that everyone will remember is fencer Shin A-lam, cheated out of a place […]

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A London 2012 Korean Olympic round-up

by Philip Gowman 12 August 2012
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Here are some of the highlights and headlines from the past two weeks or so of Korean athletes at the London 2012 Olympics: 25 July North Korea’s Olympic women’s football team walked off the pitch for an hour at their opening London 2012 match tonight after organisers mistakenly introduced the players using South Korea’s flag. […]

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Kim Soo-myun: no joy in the men’s gymnastics individual all-round finals

by Saharial 1 August 2012
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It was Tuesday evening before I could settle down to watch the men’s gymnastics finals – individual all round. It had already been a day of controversy for the Koreans in Badminton and there was disappointment yesterday with the fencing, so I hoped Kim Soo-myun would do well for his country. Not in the top […]

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Korean badminton pairs – bad losers?

by Philip Gowman 1 August 2012
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The two South Korean badminton teams kicked out of the games for trying to lose their matches – against Chinese and Indonesian pairs who were also trying to lose – both ended up winning. (Source – FT)

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