South Korea’s Olympic body said Wednesday 11 athletes have been selected as recipients of a scholarship from the International Olympic Committee.The Korean Sport & Olympic Committee said its 11 candidates for the Olympic Solidarity Commission’s scholarship program all received approval from the IOC. The selected athletes will receive $365 per month until Aug. 31, 2020, and will also get financial support of up to $50,000 for participation in Olympic qualification events.
The recipients include five Olympic gold medalists: shooter Jin Jong-oh, archer Choi Mi-sun, wrestler Kim Hyeon-woo, and fencers Park Sang-young and Kim Ji-yeon. Other names on the list were judoka An Ba-ul, weightlifter Won Jeong-sik, badminton player Shin Seung-chan, taekwondo fighter Lee Ah-reum, and track and field athletes Woo Sang-hyeok and Sung Jin-suok.The Olympic Solidarity Commission was formed to support national Olympic bodies participating in the Olympic Games and especially those in need of financial assistance. Athletes who benefit from the scholarship program can use the money to access training facilities and hire coaches, as well as pay for lodging and traveling expenses for qualifying competitions for the Tokyo Summer Games in 2020. However, if they fail to earn national team selection or qualify for the Olympics, such funding will be revoked.
|Fencer Park Sang-young speaks at a ceremony introducing torch runners for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in Seoul on Sept. 27, 2017. (Yonhap)|