27-year-old captain of his national team avoided military conscription in 2018 after winning the Asian Games with South Korea, but exempt athletes are still required by law to perform four weeks of service national, or three weeks with the Marine Corps.
“He received the” Pilsung “award, which is one of five types of awards for the best performers,” said a Marine Corps officer at Yonhap. “All of the courses were tried fairly and strictly, and his military training officers said he had followed the training faithfully.”
Pilsung means “certain victory” something that has escaped Tottenham this season.
After reaching the Champions League final last season, the Spurs sacked manager Mauricio Pochettino. However, his successor Jose Mourinho has yet to revive the Spurs’ fortunes with the eighth Premier League club and out of the Champions League.
The three-week Sound program with the Marine Corps, which started on April 20, included bayonet skills, chemical, biological and radiological training, individual combat techniques and first aid training, said Yonhap .
In South Korea, all able-bodied men between the ages of 18 and 35 must have completed at least 21 months of military service.
Laws surrounding military service have had an impact on the careers of some of the country’s biggest names. The popular boy group Big Bang, for example, was forced to take a break so that members could do their military service.
However, the mandatory fee may be waived for certain athletes, including those who win Olympic medals or Asian Games titles.
Son, who underwent surgery after fracturing his arm against Aston Villa in February, has another 544 hours of community service in the next 34 months, which he can do while still playing football. He is expected to return to London later this month.
It was announced in April that the Premier League season has been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, and that the game will only resume “when it is safe and appropriate”.