Uhm Won-sang (Ulsan Hyundai), who will be competing at the Hangzhou Asian Games in September, says he wants to help “ace” Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain) play to his full potential.
Hwang Sun-hong’s Asian Games squad will convene at Paju NFC on Sept. 25 for a three-day training camp. After winning gold at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, the team will be looking to win their third consecutive Asian Games title.
The Hangzhou Asian Games were scheduled to be held in 2022, but were postponed by one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The competition age was increased by one year from 23 to 24, and the final roster size was increased from 20 to 22.
Head coach Hwang Sun-hong announced the final roster for the Asian Games on Nov. 14. Lee Kang-in, who moved to Paris Saint-Germain in France, was included, while Park Jin-seop, Baek Seung-ho (Jeonbuk) and Seol Young-woo (Ulsan) were selected as wild cards.
The 14-man squad included Baek Seung-ho, Seol Young-woo, and Hwang Jae-won (Daegu FC), who were selected for the Team K League to participate in the Coupang Play Series, as well as overseas players Lee Kang-in, Park Kyu-hyun (Dynamo Dresden), Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart), and Hong Hyun-seok (KAA Hent), and Lee Sang-min, who was excluded due to a drunk driving scandal.
In an interview prior to the start of training, Uhm Won-sang said that he would be by his ace Lee Kang-in’s side to help him perform at his best.
Below is a full interview with Uhm Won-sang.
-On being called up to the national team.
“I’m honored to be on the roster for such an important tournament, and I’ll do my best to keep up with the team’s goals.”
-On what he took away from the two-game series against China.
“We were able to figure out how we need to play. Unfortunately, I was injured, but I think I was able to show the coach what I like to do and what I’m good at, so that’s a positive.”
-On if there will be any issues with VARs or officiating at this tournament, as there were against China. 꽁머니사이트
“I think it depends. We didn’t have a VAR at the last tournament either. It’s a rule of the tournament, so we just have to pay attention to what we have to do, do what we have to do, and prepare well accordingly.”