Kim Yeon-koung's Fans Launch Campaign for Fire-Stricken Turkey

      August 06, 2021 11:53

      Korean volleyball fans have launched an online campaign to donate seedlings to Turkey after devastating forest fires there.

      Volleyball star Kim Yeon-koung tapes her hand during training at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Thursday. /Yonhap

      The donation drive comes after Korea beat Turkey in the quarterfinals of the women's volleyball tournament at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Wednesday.

      The Koreans led by star player Kim Yeon-koung won by a narrow margin to advance to the semifinals. The Turkish team had vowed to bring home good news to their country when it was hit by the forest fires and could be seen weeping after they lost the match.

      That triggered a wave of compassion among Koreans. The donations are being made in the name of the Korean team and team captain Kim, who had played in the Turkish league for some 10 years. 

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