South Korea, Japan players win Asian Games soft tennis titles

Spurs forward Son Heung-min has three chances of avoiding military service after reaching final

Spurs forward Son Heung-min has three chances of avoiding military service after reaching final

Japan's third gold of the day came from Keyaki Ike, 17, in the men's street with 31.10 points, followed by Indonesia's Sanggoe Darma Tanjung in silver with 30.50 and South Korea's Eun Juwon with 25.40 for bronze.

Park's success with Vietnam has sparked similar scenes in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and elsewhere when he took the national team to the final of Asia's Under-23 Championship in January.

At the Asian Games in Indonesia, another under-23 tournament, Vietnam's so-called "Golden Stars" have reached the last four - and fans at home are getting excited.

Park told the media that he had been supporting South Korea, but would help Vietnam beat them to reach the final.

"Nah, the game was too late. was hard to watch but I was very happy (for) my team", he said.

Son, who would have to report for duty within the next two years if South Korea do not win the final, took leave from the Premier League to join the squad in Indonesia.




Under the country's strict rules, a two-year spell of compulsory military service can only be avoided for a South Korea global footballer if they are part of a side that either wins the gold medal at the Asian Games or claims a podium finish at the Olympics.

It was so close yet so far for Indian archers as they had to settle for silver medals after losing against South Korea in two keenly-fought finals in the compound event at the Asian Games here on Tuesday.

The title defense was touch and go on Monday, with South Korea trailing 3-2 against Uzbekistan with 15 minutes remaining.

But the quality of Korea's build-up play, driven on by Son who grabbed an assist as the creative fulcrum of his side once again, paired with the sharp-shooting of the free-scoring Hwang Ui-jo, who grabbed his ninth goal of the competition, proved the difference.

Iran, which had four players including Milad Ebadipour and Saeid Marou who competed in the previous Games in Incheon, did well throughout the match. "But I noticed that their stamina decreased quickly in the second half versus Japan", Park said. "But I'm sure we'll develop and learn from this experience".

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