Six Korean sports legends, including Kim Yeon-kyung and Park In-bee, to undergo ‘closed-door interviews’
Six South Korean sports “stars” who are seeking election to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will face a closed-door interview with the Evaluation Commission of the Korean Sports Federation. Only one will be able to represent South Korea in the IOC Athletes’ Commission election.
The Evaluation Commission will meet at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the Athletes’ Association Conference Room at the Olympic Parktel in Bangdong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, to assess the IOC candidates. Each candidate will present their aspirations and respond to pointed questions from the panel.
The six candidates are Kim Yeon-kyung, 35, volleyball; Park In-bee, 35, golf; Lee Dae-hoon, 31, taekwondo; Jin Jong-oh, 44, shooting; Oh Jin-hyeok, 41, archery; and Kim So-young, 31, badminton. The KOC had four days to nominate candidates for IOC membership from each sport’s national governing body.
This is twice as many candidates as in 2015, when three athletes (Yoo Seung-min, Jin Jong-oh, and Jang Jang-ran) were selected to represent Korea at the IOC.
After the evaluation committee interviews today, the NOC will recommend the final candidates through a senate meeting on Thursday morning. The Senate was established in November last year to recommend key figures in sports to the government and national administrative agencies and to advise on sports policy.
Following the Senate meeting, the IOC Athletes’ Commission will vote on the shortlist between the 16th and 17th of August. The NOC will then notify the IOC of the shortlisted candidate in the last week of August.
The shortlisted candidate will then have to pass the IOC-organized shortlisting process to be eligible to stand for election. The IOC Athletes’ Commission elections will take place during the Paris Olympic Games, which begin next July. The top four candidates will be voted on directly by athletes around the world, who can cast up to four votes, to serve an eight-year term as IOC Athletes’ Commissioners.
There have been two Korean IOC Athletes. Moon Dae-sung, a gold medalist in taekwondo at the 2004 Athens Olympics, was the first Korean athlete to be elected during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Yoo Seung-min, a gold medalist in the men’s singles table tennis event at the Athens Olympics, was elected by the Korean Table Tennis Association during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. His eight-year term is coming to an end. Until the Paris Olympics next August.
The six candidates have a stellar resume: Korean shooting legend Jin Jong-oh (4 gold, 2 silver) is South Korea’s most decorated Olympian, along with archer Kim Soo-nyeong (4 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze).
The “Empress of Golf” Park In-bee is also an 바카라사이트 Olympic medalist. She won gold in Rio in 2016. She also has 21 wins on the U.S. Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour, including all four majors.
Archery sensation Oh Jin-hyuk won gold in the individual event at London 2012 and the team event at Tokyo 2021.
Add to that Lee Dae-hoon, who won two Olympic medals (one silver, one bronze) and serves on the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) Athletes’ Commission, “women’s volleyball living legend” Kim Yeon-kyung, who led two women’s volleyball quarterfinals, and badminton’s Kim So-young, who shared a bronze medal with Gong Hee-yong at the Tokyo Olympics.