July 21, 2021 10:54
Korean footballers are set to begin their journey for an Olympic medal with a group match on Thursday, a day ahead of the official start of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Korea, which won a bronze medal in men's football at the 2012 London Olympics, is aiming for its second medal.
The Korean squad, led by manager Kim Hak-bum, gathered for training on Tuesday to get ready for the match against New Zealand, which will be held in Ibaraki northeast of Tokyo.
Meanwhile, Kim Min-jae of Beijing Guoan, who can be formidable in defense, had been included in Korea's roster for the Olympics as one of three overage players for the under-24 team, but he couldn't make it in the end, as his club refused to release him.
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