Football Association “informed there will be no official press conference the day before the game”
By Lee Yi Jin = Unlike previous tournaments, the media will not be allowed to cover the training sessions of the entire soccer team at the Hangzhou Asian Games, including Hwang Sun-hong.
An official from the Korea Football Association said on Sunday, “The principle of not allowing (journalists) to enter the training grounds during the entire tournament will be applied.” “The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) confirmed that no media will be allowed to cover team training,” the official said.
“The Hangzhou Asian Games is organized by the Hangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee, but the AFC is responsible for the operational aspects (of football),” he said. “The AFC has requested access to the training grounds several times, but the response has been negative. No specific reason was given,” he added.
The South Korean national soccer team, led by Hwang Sun-hong, arrived in China the day before and is scheduled to hold its first training session at a school near Jinhua, Zhejiang province, this afternoon, meaning the media will not be able to cover the event.
The Korean Football Association is also baffled.
“We are puzzled that these operational details were not communicated to us (directly),” said an official from the KFA. “We were also informed that the official press conference with the coach and players, which is usually held one day before the group stage matches, will not be held at this tournament.”
In order to convey the players’ commitment to the tournament, the federation is trying to organize a separate venue or area for them to meet with the media before training.
At the last Asian Games in Jakarta-Palembang in 2018, various locations were open to the media, including the Bandung University of Technology in Bandung, West Java, where the team practiced during the group stage.
Local media were also given the first opportunity to check the condition of the grass at the Sisalak Harupat Stadium in Bandung, which hosted the first match against Bahrain.메이저사이트
Hwang Sun-hong will take on Kuwait at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 19 at Jinhua Stadium, about 140 kilometers southwest of Hangzhou, in their first Group E match of the tournament.
South Korea, which won back-to-back gold medals in Incheon in 2014 and Jakarta-Palembang in 2018, will be looking to win its first three consecutive titles at the tournament.
Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain), who will play the role of ‘ace’, will not arrive in the country until the evening of the 20th and will join the squad on the 21st.