Controversy Over "Free Rides" For Military Service Benefits

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The Hangzhou Asian Games, where Taegeuk Warriors cheered for the golden news that was delivered every day, has ended. I would like to say thank you to our players for their hard work, but despite the players' good performance, the public's view of military service benefits is n

The Hangzhou Asian Games, where Taegeuk Warriors cheered for the golden news that was delivered every day, has ended. I would like to say thank you to our players for their hard work, but despite the players' good performance, the public's view of military service benefits is not alone.

[Voiceover] That's right. Skepticism is confronting that compensation for contributions is natural and how long the military service exemption incentives introduced in developing countries should be maintained. Military service preferences were originally introduced in 1973 to motivate the sports and arts world to "advise national prestige to promote Korea to the international community." When the system was created, there were only 16 Asian Games gold medals in 1974, but the status has changed to 42 in this Asian Games and up to 96 in 2002.

Most of the players of the national soccer and baseball teams who won the Hangzhou Asian Games will receive military service exemption. In the case of the national soccer team, 20 out of 22 players, excluding 2 players, and 19 players for the national baseball team were listed for military service exemption. But in particular, there is a lot of controversy over the fact that a player who hasn't played a game receives military service exemption for "free rides", right?

In the past, there was a player suspected of hiding his injuries and participating in almost no games and taking only military service exemptions, and again, Kwak Bin, a pitcher for the national baseball team, said, "I have a sore back," without throwing the ball once and became a recipient of military service exemption. Ahead of the Asian Games, a relay post was posted to the baseball national team saying, "I wish you a silver medal."

Yes, baseball is typical, and most participating countries except Korea have amateur players, so the Asian Games are known as "legal military service brokers" in Korea, where professional players who have not resolved military service come out. Golf has also changed its rules to allow professional players to participate from the Asian Games, with Lim Sung-jae and Kim Si-woo, who play on the PGA Tour, winning gold medals in the men's team event as expected, resulting in the desired results.

In addition to the controversial e-sports, Go and Breaking Dance also include card games (bridge), chess, etc., raising controversy over "Is this really a sport?" and "Asian Games are no longer sports events." If the standard is to enhance national prestige, there are also steadily raising questions about whether BTS is a special exemption from military service abroad. 먹튀검증

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