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Son Heung-min named AFC International Player of the Year Updated: 2021-01-25 15:37:23 KST

Time now for 'This Week in Sports' and for that we have our sports editor Paul Neat joining us in the studio.
Paul, yet another accolade for Son Heung-min?

Yes, another. Son has been named Best International Player of 2020 by the Asian Football Confederation.
The annual award recognizes club and national team performances of Asian players playing for professional clubs outside of the AFC.
The latest award gives him four he also won in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
With the award chosen by fans and an independent panel of experts, Son is recognized for his superb calendar year, in which he scored 22 goals for Tottenham.
Son also won Tottenham's 2019-2020 Player of the Year, the 2020 KFA Player of the Year and the FIFA goal of the year.

Sticking with football for the moment, I understand that the K League fixtures are out and we have a start date?

Yes, they are. K League 2 fixtures were released last Thursday, but we are still waiting for K League 1.

What we do know is that the season’s curtain raiser will be Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors versus Ulsan Hyundai at Jeonju World Cup Stadium.
K League will begin on time this year and be played in full38 rounds in K League 1 and 36 in K League 2.
The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the 2020 season by two months and teams played a shortened 27-round campaign.
No official word yet on whether fans will be able to attend.

There were reports last week which suggested that the Tokyo Olympics might be cancelled.
Japan refuted these claims but, if the Games were to be postponed, or even cancelled, what kind of impact would this have on South Korean athletes?

Well, as far as Japan is concerned, the Games are still going ahead.
This will come as a relief to all athletes.
But for South Korean males perhaps even more so.
All able-bodied South Korean males must serve around two years of military service but exemptions can be earned by winning a gold medal in the Asian Games and any medal in the Olympics.
For many athletes, this will be their last chance to earn exemption.
Like the men’s football teamwhich has an age limit of 23.
At the London 2012 Olympics, South Korea won bronze meaning that the likes of Ki Sung-yueng, Park Chu-young, and Kim Bo-kyung earned military exemption.

Speaking of Olympics, South Korea of course hosted the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang where Korean American snowboarder Chloe Kim shot to stardom by becoming the youngest half-pipe champion at just 17 years old.
Well, after a near two-year absence, she's back?

Yes, she is.
Chloe Kim won her first snowboard contest in 22 months.
In her second run at the Laax Open in Switzerland, Kim hit a frontside 10-80 and won with 89.7-5 points on her second two runs.
Kim took last season off to attend Princeton University but is now gearing up toward the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.

To golf now, a South Korean player finished top of the PGA standings over the weekend. What can you tell us about that?

Yes, Kim Si-woo on Sunday earned his third career PGA Tour title.
Ending a drought that had lasted nearly four years, Kim won the American Express by a stroke over Patrick Cantlay at 23-under 265 on the Stadium Course at PGA West in La Quinta, California, on Sunday.
Kim carded a bogey-free final round of eight-under 64 to hold off Cantlay.
This was Kim's ninth start of this season and his second top-10 finish.
His previous victory had come at The Players Championship in May 2017.

Thank-you for that, Paul. We shall see you next week.
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