Actress Lee Si-young is going to try out for the national women's boxing squad. The Korean Amateur Boxing Federation confirmed recently that Lee has submitted an application to compete in the National Amateur Boxing Championships in the under-48 kg light flyweight category.
The championships, which will be held in Ulsan from Dec. 7, will serve as the first round of tryouts for the national team. The winners will represent Korea at international competitions next year.
Lee's love of the sport started when she was cast as a female boxer in a TV drama in 2010. Although the drama ended up getting cancelled before production was complete, Lee's passion for boxing continued to grow.
Last November, she won the women's 50-kg category at the KBI National Lifestyle Athletics Boxing Championships. She also made headlines by triumphing in the 48-kg division at the Seoul Boxing Prematch/42nd Amateur Boxing Federation tournament in July this year, where she represented the capital.
However, as the National Sports Festival did not include her weight category, Lee was unable to compete in it this year.
This will be Lee's first time to try out for the national team. "I haven't been able to compete since July, so I decided to participate in order not to lose my edge. I might be far behind the other full-time athletes, but I want to do my best to see where I stand," Lee said through her manager.
A staffer from her boxing club added that, "Lee has almost never missed her daily three-hour training sessions despite her busy schedule while shooting films or TV dramas."
Even if the actress ends up winning the championships and becomes a member of the national team, there is only a slim chance of her getting to compete internationally as there will be no Asian or World Championships held next year.
Additionally, the light flyweight category is not represented at either the Asian or Olympic Games, so if she wants to compete at the Incheon Asian Games in 2014 she would have to make herself eligible for slightly heavier flyweight class of between 48 kg and 51 kg.