It's time now for 'This Week in Sports' and joining us in the studio is our Sports editor, Paul Neat.
Paul, just in time for the end of the K League and KBO seasons, fans are allowed back into stadiums again here in South Korea.
Yes, indeed. It feels like Deja vu but nonetheless great news for sports fans.
There are only three matches remaining in K League 1 and the KBO is gearing toward the Korean Series. All matches will now have fans in attendance.
This comes following the government's decision to ease social distancing to Level One after nearly two months of Level Two. Beforehand, a limited number of spectators were allowed in stadiumssat at a safe distance from one another. Starting Tuesday in KBOaround 20 percent of capacity will be allowed through the turnstiles. It will be 25% in K League starting this Friday for Gangwon versus Incheon.
Fans returning, and with the income they bring, will be most welcome. According to government data, the culture, sports and tourism industries suffered losses of 9.2 billion U.S. Dollars for the first nine months of the year. Baseball the most impacted with around 92 million dollar losses, football around 51 million dollars.
And the first sporting event to have fans back in stadiums is taking place in less than an hour from now - and it's none other than a friendly between the Korean National Football Team and the Olympic team.
As a football fan myself, there can't be better news.
Yes, 'Team Bento vs Team Hak-bum'as it has been dubbed.
The full Korean National Team will take on the Olympic Team in the second of two friendlies later tonight at Goyang Stadium at 8 PM with three thousand fans now allowed to attend. As of 4:30PM today 50% of tickets were sold. Demind is expected to be high with fans starved of sporting action. It is also the first match involving the national team in nearly 300 days - since 18th December last year.
Last time fans were allowed at sports matches here in Korea, there were certain restrictions in place as Covid-19 safety measures. Is that the case this time as well?
Yes, that's correct.
Tickets for any sporting event are only available online in advance to avoid crowds. There will be temperature checks upon arrival, fans must wear masks at all times and are not permitted to raise their voicesto avoid transmissions via droplets in the air. Only soft drinks are to be sold and fans are not allowed to bring their own snacks or refreshments.
Moving on to the KBO, I understand that we now know when the regular season will come to a close with dates for rescheduled games now released?
Yes, a number of matches were rained out this year due to the record-long monsoon season we had here in South Korea.
The result of which for KBO is that there are 34 makeup games to be played. These will go ahead between October 20th and October 30th before the postseason officially gets underway two days later. KBO hopes to crown a new champion before the end of November.
To women's golf now and South Korean star Kim Sei-young picked up her first major title?
With a dominant performance South Korean LPGA star Kim Sei-young has finally broken through with her first major title.
Kim captured the KPMG Women's PGA Championship on Sunday at Aronimink Golf Club in Newton Square, Pennsylvania for her 11th career title and first of the five major LPGA tournaments. The 27-year-old shot a seven-under-63 in Sunday's final roundto finish 14-under par.
And finally, in tennis the 2020 French Open concluded over the weekend with teenage sensation picking up the win?
Yes, 19-year-old Iga (Chviontek) Swiatek became the youngest woman since Monica Seles in 1990 to win the French Open on Saturdaydefeating Sofia Kenin, 6-4, 6-1. She arrived unseeded and was world number 54 beforehand. What's also interesting is that she is the daughter of Olympic rower Tomasz (Chviontek) Swiatek, and has a sports psychologist as part of her team. And tennis legend John McEnroe has tipped her to win "half a dozen majors" and is one to watch in the future.
Thank-you for that, Paul. We'll see you next week.