Lee Kang-in, Son Heung-min, Kim Min-jae exempt from military

The Buddhist media has reported that Lee Kang-in, Son Heung-min, and Kim Min-jae are exempt from military service.

Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain) has been granted military service benefits after winning a gold medal at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, and the French media is showing interest.

French media outlets such as Get French Football News and Le Parisien reported on Nov. 11 (KST) that “Lee Kang-in’s military service in South Korea has been reduced.”

When South Korean athletes win gold medals at the Asian Games, they enjoy a benefit called military exemption. To be precise, Article 33(8)(1) of the Military Service Act allows athletes to substitute their military service as arts and sports personnel instead of active duty soldiers.

South Korea’s national soccer team won the men’s soccer final against Japan on July 7 with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory, and Lee Kang-in, 먹튀검증 who played a key role in the victory, will enjoy the benefit of military service.

For Lee, who has played for Valencia and Mallorca (Spain) and is now looking to reach greater heights at PSG (France), this is a great opportunity to develop his talent without any obstacles.

Interest is also high in France. “Military service is mandatory for men between the ages of 18 and 28 in South Korea. There are a few exceptions, winning the Asian Games being one of them. Lee Kang-in is one of them.”

“He was allowed to compete in the Asian Games despite the fact that it was not on the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) schedule, after playing in the 2023-2024 UEFA Champions League (UCL) with Dortmund (Germany),” the article said, accurately describing Lee’s situation and the reality of the Korean team.

“South Korea won the title three times in a row, and as a result, the military service period for the entire squad was reduced from 18 months to three weeks,” he said, adding that Tottenham (England) forward Son Heung-min and Bayern Munich (Germany) defender Kim Min-jae received the same exemption after winning the 2018 tournament.

With his military service exemption in place, Lee will take to the field once more under the Korean flag before joining PSG. After the Asian Games, he will play for Jürgen Klinsmann and the national team, rather than his club, during the A-match period in October.

He is currently at the National Training Center (NFA) in Paju, where he will face Tunisia at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 13th and Vietnam at the Suwon World Cup Stadium on the 17th. “We plan to utilize Lee Kang-in,” Klinsmann said.