Aiming for the London Olympics – Korean national football squad in camp at Onna

Aiming for the London Olympics - Korean national football squad in camp at Onna

On January 6 at Akama Sports Park in Onna, General Manager Jinshun Uchima (second from left), Choboku Ie (third from left), Hong Myung-Bo (fourth from left), Deputy Mayor Shuko Ikemiyagi (fifth from left) get together to take a commemorative photograph.

January 17, 2012 Takesaburo Koyama correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

From January 6 to 10 at Akama Sports Park in Onna, 41 players for the Korean Olympic football squad went into a camp at which they made their final adjustments ahead of the Olympic Asian qualifying tournament. On January 6, a welcome ceremony was held on the Sports Park’s football field, in which officials of Onna Village, and other local people, presented the players with local products such as tankan oranges.

In his speech, Deputy Mayor Shuko Ikemiyagi said, “Last year, the Korean professional baseball team the Samsung Lions held a camp in Onna and they went on to win the Asian Games. I look forward to the football results too.” Choboku Ie, the head of the Okinawa Football Association, encouraged them, saying, “Aim to win the regional title. Japan certainly wants to do so! Let’s meet in London.”

Deputy Mayor Ikemiyagi, General Manager of the Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau Jinshun Uchima and Deputy Manager of the Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay Kose Matayoshi gave the players some gifts of local products. The Korean team director, Hong Myung-Bo, thanked them and said, “We will do our utmost to be able to participate in the Olympic Games.”

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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