Striker Park Chu-young Starts Army Boot Camp

      June 24, 2013 10:44

      Park Chu-young

      Arsenal striker Park Chu-young entered an Army boot camp in Nonsan on Thursday for a month of military training.

      Park will return to Arsenal in the U.K. Premier League after completing boot camp, said Kim Dong-ho of Park's management agency DH Sports.

      Park was exempted from military service after the Korean squad won the bronze medal in the London Summer Olympics last year but is still required to undergo four weeks of basic training and play or coach football in Korea for 34 months.

      There was an outcry in March 2012, when it was revealed that Park had obtained a 10-year residence permit in Monaco when he played for the local club. That would have allowed him to put off his duties until 2022, when he will be 37 and officially too old to join the army.

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