Jeonnam Dragons win historic Korean FA Cup, Gangwon FC survive K League relegation playoff
Updated: 2021-12-13 17:11:40 KST
Time now for "This Week in Sports"
Joining us in the studio is our sports editor Paul Neat.
Let's begin with the upcoming Winter Olympics.
The U.S. and other countries won't send diplomatic delegations to Beijing.
Japan could make a similar move.
Yes, according to a report by the Yomiuri newspaper on Saturday, senior Japanese government officials will "likely" skip the Beijing Winter Olympics.
Citing multiple sources with knowledge of the matter, the report said Japan is likely to make a formal decision by the end of the month.
The only officials now expected to attend are Olympics-related personnel, including Seiko Hashimoto the former head of Tokyo's Olympic organizing committee.
Earlier this week, Canada joined Australia, Britain and the U.S. in saying they would not be sending top officials to Beijing… all citing their concerns of China's human rights record.
China has called the boycotts "political posturing" and a smear campaign.
The Winter Games are set to begin on 4th February 2022, 53 days from now.
Moving on to football
Let's start with South Korea's Europe-based stars and a goal for Hwang Ui-jo over the weekend.
Yes, Hwang Ui-jo scored the winner for Bordeaux on Sunday in a 2-1 victory over Troyes.
With the score at 1-1, nine minutes into the second half, a cross from the left was met by the head of Hwang Ui-jo on the edge of the six-yard box.
It was Hwang's sixth goal of the season and helped his team on to a first win in seven matches.
Suk Hyun-jun came off the bench for Troyes in the 70th minute.
Suk, who has been at the center of a military service "draft-dodging" controversy, has been with Troyes for three seasons but is yet to score so far this term from nine appearances.
Over in the UK, Tottenham's match with Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday was postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak among the Spurs squad.
Eight players and five members of staff tested positive last week, forcing the Europa Conference League match with Rennes to be cancelled.
The Brighton game will be rescheduled by the Premier League but Spurs are at risk of forfeiting their European match with Rennes.
UEFA released a statement on Saturday to say that the two clubs have tried to come up with a solution but could not and the matter will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body.
But, Tottenham players returned to the club's Hotspur Way training ground on Sunday, giving fresh hope that their next match against Leicester on Thursday will go ahead as planned.
Son Heung-min, meanwhile, has been named as South Korea's top athlete for the fifth straight year in a national poll.
Gallup Korea announced the findings of its annual survey on athletes on this Monday.
Son picked up 72.eight percent of the votes.
To football in this country.
It proved to be a dramatic weekend for K League teams both in the FA Cup and the playoffs.
That it did, starting with the FA Cup.
Jeonnam Dragons beat Daegu FC 4-3 on Saturday in leg two of the Korean FA Cup Final.
The tie finished 4-4 overall but the Dragons won on the away goals rule to become the first K League 2 team to win the FA Cup.
In doing so, the Dragons have also qualified for the Asian Champions League and are the first K League 2 team to do so.
It was a topsy-turvy affair in Daegu on Saturday with each team trading blows.
But Jeong Jae-hee went on to fire in the winning goal with little over five minutes left.
Daegu's Edgar thought he had earned a last-minute penalty but after a VAR review, the decision was overturned and the Dragons won.
It was the club's fourth FA Cup and first since 2007.
On Sunday in the Promotion-Relegation Playoff, Gangwon FC overturned a first leg loss to beat Daejeon Hana Citizen 4-1 and ensure of a place in K League 1 next year.
Lee Jong-hyeon gave Daejeon a 16th-minute lead but a mad four-minute spell which saw Choi Yong-soo's Gangwon score three, turned the tie completely on its head.
A fourth was added late on.
It was just Choi Yong-soo's second win in charge of Gangwon who became the first team to overcome a first-leg defeat to win the relegation playoff.
And finally basketball, a bit of sibling rivalry in KBL over the weekend.
Yes, that's right.
Heo Hoon of KT Sonicboom on Saturday took on his brother Heo Ung and Wonju DB.
Heo Hoon the younger of the two and his KT teammates came out on top 94 to 75 to make it seven wins in a row for the league leaders.
Heo Hoon scored seven and assisted eight while Heo Ung scored four.
Their father, Heo Jae, a former player and coach himself, was in attendance in Wonju.
The very next day and KT won again, this time 75-73 against Changwon LG Sakers.
Alright, thank you for that Paul.
See you next week.