Earlier today Korean boxing had it's target set for the 2020 Olympics with former world champion Soo Hwan Hong [홍수환, the current head of the KBC, setting a target of two gold medals, a really surprising figure given that only one Korean boxer even went to the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
The comments came as Hong took part in some media events related to the HQ move from the KBC, who will now be based in Sejong City, with the hope that the relocation will help aid investment in the sport, and that a growth in invest will unearth new talent in the sport, leading to success in Tokyo.
The meeting saw Hong mention the success of Korean archers, who claimed 4 of South Korea's 9 gold medals in Rio, and suggested that if boxing got investment the sport could give similar results in Tokyo.
Sadly for Hong it does need to be noted that Korean boxers haven't fared well in recent Olympic games, with only 4 medals since the 2000 Games and none of those have been gold. They've been for Han Soon-Chul, who won Silver in 2012, Kim Jung-Joo, Bronze in 2008 and 2004, and Jo Seok-Hwan who also won a bronze in 2004. In fact they've not had a gold in the Olympics since 1988, when they had two at the Seoul Olympics including the very controversial win for Park Si-Hun, who won one along Kim Kwang-Sun
If Hong can achieve the target he's set then we'll be massively impressed, but we sadly can't see Korean boxing become a giant of the so quickly given their less than great success in recent years.
(Image courtesy of Image courtesy of Mo seokbong News)
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