Gov't to Pay for Short Track Skater's Cancer Treatment

Noh Jin-kyu Noh Jin-kyu

Short track skater Noh Jin-kyu, who had to give up his dream of competing at the Sochi Winter Olympics when he was diagnosed with cancer, has been granted financial support from the government.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said on Monday it will cover the medical expenses of the ailing skater as he battles cancer.

"We have decided to support Noh, who is going through a difficult time due to his disease," said second vice minister Kim Jong after learning that the athlete's family was struggling to cover his medical bills.

Noh has been diagnosed with bone cancer in his left shoulder last September but originally planned to delay the operation to remove it until after the Olympics.

He underwent surgery on Jan. 22 and started chemotherapy on Feb. 6. According to the hospital, a full recovery will take up eight months and the medical costs will amount to W20 million. / Feb. 11, 2014 13:16 KST