Son Heung-Min avoids military service as South Korea win Asian Games

Son Heung-Min avoids military service as South Korea win Asian Games

Son Heung-Min avoids military service as South Korea win Asian Games

Instead, he gets to avoid military service and continue his professional career in England.

Almost every able-bodied South Korean male is required to perform 21 months of military service before the age of 28, although the government rewards Asian Games gold medals and Olympic medals of any colour with an exemption. They only have to undergo four weeks of basic training.

South Korea's only other gold medal of the day came from track cycling.

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Son recently signed a contract with Spurs that runs through 2023.

This time around Son didn't play in the first two group games against Malaysia and Bahrain but scored the victor against Kyrgyzstan and was a starter in the quarterfinal win over Uzbekistan, the semifinal against Vietnam and Saturday's final.

Son will now be able to return to Tottenham with the knowledge that he won't have to leave the club due to military service.

If Son had not claimed gold, things would have been very complicated.

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The two-time defending champions will face China on Friday to close out the super round, . and a win will mean a place in Saturday's gold medal game. He could have done it by earning permanent residency in a foreign country.

Earlier, South Korea defeated Japan 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 25-15, 27-25) to take the bronze medal.

In his absence, Harry Kane has started both of Spurs opening Premier League games and ended his August hoodoo in the process.

After the the gold medal match, Son was still searching for words to describe his emotions.

'I really want to say thank you to the coach and the fans of Spurs.

And you could see just how much it meant to them at the final whistle.

"I think we have good guys who also happen to be good football players. We are hungry and eager for success, and this was what carried us to the top", he remarked.

"We were a hungry bunch of guys and that hunger got us through", said Son.

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