Time now for 'This Week in Sports' and joining us in the studio is our sports editor Paul Neat.
Paul, there has been a bit of news lately regarding the Korean National Football Team - a friendly with Japan and now a centralized venue for the delayed World Cup qualifiers. What can you tell us?
Yes, that’s right. The KFA confirmed at the end of last week that the Korean National Team will be facing Japan away in a friendly on March 25th.
The squad was announced on Monday… subject to injury… Son Heung-min is included, as is Hwang Hee-chan but no players have been selected from K League champions Jeonbuk.
A deal has been reached with the government so that the players will bypass the 14-day quarantine upon returning to Korea by going into cohort isolation at the National Football Center in Paju before returning to their clubs.
And, it was confirmed on Friday that the postponed World Cup qualification matches will be held in centralized venues… with South Korea chosen to host Group H.
Matches against and between North Korea, Turkmenistan, Lebanon and Sri Lanka will be played from May 31st to June 15th.
To the Olympics now, I understand that Japan says it will not take China up on its offer of providing vaccines for the participants?
Yes, the International Olympic Committee had accepted an offer from China to provide vaccines to all participants but Japan says it will not take part.
Olympic Minister Tama-yo Maru-kawa said Friday that Japan had not been consulted by the IOC and that Japanese athletes would not take them.
She said the vaccines have not been approved for use in Japan and that they are not a requirement for this summer’s Games.
Meanwhile, in K League, Ki Sung-yueng on Saturday scored his first goal since returning. He looks back to his best?
Yes, he certainly does. Ki scored the winner for FC Seoul in the Gyeongin Derby against Incheon United over the weekend.
While also completing back-to-back 90 minutes for the first time in nearly three years, Ki struck late to earn FC Seoul their second win of the season.
It was Ki’s first goal in three years and first in K League since 2009.
Seoul are back in action in midweek… at home to Gwangju on Wednesday.
Shifting to baseball now, last week we learned of the SK Wyverns' new name - the 'S-S-G Landers' - and now the team's star player Choo Shin-soo is officially in training?
Yes, that’s right. Choo Shin-soo left quarantine on Thursday and is now with the rest of the team.
Choo said recently that he is targeting the KBO championship while with the Landers returning to Korea after 16 years in MLB.
He says he has made a lot of sacrifices to come to Korea and isn’t here just to get a taste of Korean baseball.
Meanwhile, Choo gave Lee Tae-yang a watch as a thank-you present for giving up his squad number.
Choo has used number 17 throughout his career but reached out to Lee to see if he would allow him to use it and is thankful for the gesture.
And finally, to volleyball, a regular season winner has been confirmed in the women's game and it's not the Heungkuk Pink Spiders and Kim Yeon-koung ?
That’s right. GS Caltex on Saturday secured top spot in the KOVO regular season.
The Pink Spiders, a strong candidate for the championship, failed to recapture the lead over the weekend.
They lost 3-0 to KGC meaning that it is GS who go straight to the postseason championships on the 16th.
Thank-you for that, Paul. We shall see you next week.