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Fans to be allowed in K League & KBO stadiums, volleyball twins suspended for bullying Updated: 2021-02-15 15:29:11 KST

Time now for 'This Week in Sports' and joining us in the studio is our sports editor Paul Neat.
Paul, the eased social distancing rules which took effect in South Korea today suggest that we will have fans in attendance when the new K League football and KBO baseball seasons start?

That's right, although there has been no official word from either the K League or KBO just yet, the new social distancing measures will come as good news for sports fans.
The Seoul capital area being reduced from level 2.5 to level two means that 10 percent of stadium capacity will be allowed.
Level 1.5 for the rest of the country means 30 percent will be allowed.
Out of all 22 K League teams across the two divisions, there are nine clubs based in the capital area.
But, the K League 1 season opener between Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and FC Seoul at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on February 27th will be able to have around 12-thousand fans in attendance.
The KBO season, meanwhile, will begin in early May.

As you say, the new KBO seasons begins in May but the new MLB season is scheduled to start a bit sooner than that and it appears as though we will have another South Korean star taking to the field when it does?

Yes, that is because Kia Tigers pitcher Yang Hyeon-jong is heading to the Texas Rangers.
Yang has signed a Minor League contract worth around 1.3 million U.S. Dollars if he reaches the majors.
But will be paid different amounts based on time spent in the majors and minors.
A Minor League contract also means there is no need for the Rangers to clear a spot in the 40-man roster.
But Yang will be able to win a rotation place in spring training which begins this Wednesday.
The 32-year-old has spent his whole 14-year career with the Tigers but turned down a multi-year deal to have a shot at MLB.

To tennis now and the Australian Open, some familiar names have made it through to the last eight?

Yes, Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams are both through to the quarter finals.
Williams beat Belarusian (arena)Aryna Sabalenka 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to move one step closer to a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title.
Meanwhile, Osaka saved two match points to advance.
The three-time Grand Slam champion fell a set down to last year's finalist (garbiney)Garbine
(mu-guh-roo-zuh)Muguruza before levelling the match…. then faced two match points at 5-3 in the third set.
In the men’s game, eight-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic beat Milos Raonic 7-4, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4… to reach the quarter finals in what was his 300th Grand Slam match win.
Rafael Nadal is also through, beating Fabio Fognini in straight sets.

Finally, some news which has rocked the domestic professional volleyball scene here in Korea. The Lee twins have both been suspended due to bullying. What can you tell us about that?

Yes, Lee Da-yeong and Lee Jae-yeong of the Heungkuk Pink Spiders have both been suspended by their club due to a bullying scandal.
An indefinite suspension was announced by the club on Monday.
The pair apologized last Wednesday to their former elementary and middle school teammates whom they bullied in response to allegations made by one ex-teammate the previous day.
In a double blow for the Lee twins, the Korea Volleyball Association has also said that they will be banned from the national team indefinitely meaning they will miss out on the Olympics.

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

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