Korean Olympic Team On Concentration Training
The South Korean Olympic Taekwondo recently underwent a concentration training.
The athletes participating in London 2012, Dae-Hoon Lee (men’s -58kg), Dong-Min Cha (+80kg), Kyung-Seon Hwang (women’s -67kg) and In-Jong Lee (+67kg), together with coaching staff and training partners underwent a concentration training that started on June 18th and lasted for a week. This training camp took place at a training center in Muju, North Jeolla Province.
The theme for this Muju training camp was mental rearmament. The purpose of the program: to mentally strengthen the athletes through the most difficult kind of training in Korea, the one of the Marine Corps.
The Olympic team’s resolution for the Olympics is different this time. After the Beijing 2008 Olympics, Korea has been underperforming in international competitions.
Although the main reason for this underachievement was said to be the electronic protector system, at this point it is even difficult to put it as an excuse, according to people in the Taekwondo community.
The Korean Taekwondo community has tried to improve the athletes’ performance by improving the management of the team, changing the main coach, and using the WTF Recognized electronic protectors. However, the results have not improved much yet.
Therefore, the London 2012 Olympics will probably show the harsh truth to the Korean Taekwondo community.
The Korean Olympic team is burdened more than ever by this truth. This is because in Korea, people still firmly believe that ‘it is obvious for Korean athletes to earn gold medals in international competitions of Taekwondo’.
In a recent interview with Reuters, Se-Hyuk Kim, the general manager of the National Taekwondo team, expressed the burden on their shoulders saying that, “Anything short of four golds in London would be a body blow to South Korea’s taekwondo pride and we’ll be treated as traitors”.
However, looking objectively at the data, it will not be easy for Korea to earn 4 gold medals in London 2012.
After the concentration training, the Korean team moved back to the Taereung athletes’ village, where they will complete their training before leaving to London on July 20th.
Prior to the concentration training, the Korean team selected 3 coaches. Se-Hyuk Kim will lead as general manager, and the Jong-Man Park (Korea Gas coach), Jun Ham (Goyang city coach), and Hyun-Il Kim (Yong-In University coach) will be coaching the team.
Park, Ham, and Kim will coach Dong-Min Cha, Kyung-Seon Hwang, and Dae-Hoon Lee. In-Jong Lee will be coachedbyHam.[:]