With the 19th Asian Games drawing to a conclusion, the head of the South Korean national Olympic committee said Sunday he will try to implement advanced training systems for the country’s elite athletes.At his wrap-up press conference, Lee Kee-heung, president of the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee (KSOC) and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), laid out short-term to long-term plans to address some of South Korea’s shortcomings at athletic competitions.With no more medal event scheduled Sunday, South Korea finished the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, with 42 gold medals, 59 silver medals and 89 bronze medals to rank third behind China and Japan.The KSOC’s initial target had been to win around 45 to 50 gold medals to finish in third place.
“Our athletes gave their absolute best at this competition. Athletes in archery, fencing, baseball and football in particular brought a lot of joy to our people,” Lee said. “On the other hand, we struggled mightily in some ball sports and combat sports. We may have won a lot of gold medals, but a deeper look into where the medals came from will reveal clear problems.”South Korea was shut out of gold medals in wrestling and boxing, the two events where it had previously excelled. Lee said South Korea will have a lot of catching up to do, as global trends in elite sports continue to evolve.”Countries such as Uzbekistan, India and Iran are chasing us down and they could move ahead of us in a couple of years,” Lee said. “Once we return home, we’ll create a new task force to analyze our problems and devise strategies for future competitions.”In particular, 카지노사이트킹 Lee said he will strengthen the KSOC’s international operations.