The government is very serious about military service. According to the law, all able-bodied men from South Korea have to finish two years of military service. An exception to the rule is if one wins a medal at the Asian Games or the Olympics. But athletes will not have a total exemption, because they still have to render four weeks of basic military training plus 500 hours of community service. They must complete this within three years.
This incentive or exemption was created back in the 1970’s to encourage athletes to become the best and excel in sports on an international level. A lot of athletes have qualified for this exemption, and Jang Hyun-soo, defender for the South Korean National Football Team is one of them.
Jang Hyun-soo and His Military Service
Jang Hyun-soo has 58 caps under his belt. He is also part of the team that won the gold medal in the Asian Games in Incheon back in 2014. Unfortunately for him, their hours logged were audited. There, they found out that Jang has falsified his records to qualify for the exemption.
Jang has admitted to falsifying his record on the number of hours of community service he has rendered. Last Thursday, the Korea Football Association held a meeting and discussed the sanction for Jang. The 27-year-old football player is a fan of those into virtual sports betting. He is also known for being part of the team that represented the country in Russia during the World Cup.
His punishement? Jang now has a permanent ban from playing for the National Team. He also has a 30 million won fine, plus additional five days of community service. Jang has issued an apology and says that he will complete the required community service hours.