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SK Wyverns become SSG Landers, Korea could play Japan in football friendly
Updated: 2021-03-08 15:32:33 KST
And time now for 'This Week in Sports' and so joining us in the studio is our sports editor Paul Neat.
Paul, KBO team the SK Wyverns are no more, they are now called the SSG Landers. Talk us through what this new name means.

That's right, the SK Wyverns are now known as the SSG Landers following Shinsegae Group's takeover.
The new name was announced on Friday after Shinsegae had earlier trademarked "Landers" leading to speculation that's what the new name would be.
"Landers" refers to the team's location - the city of Incheon - the home of Korea's largest airport.
And is also a nod to Incheon's historic connection to the sport as baseball first "landed" there before any other city in South Korea.

Moving onto the Olympics, we are just a few months away from the summer Games but there have been reports that they will go ahead without fans from overseas.
What's the latest?

Yes, the new head of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee hinted that fans coming from overseas will not be allowed.
Seiko Hashimoto told reporters last week that he wants to avoid making the Japanese public "concerned" if the COVID-19 situation is "difficult."
However, citing unnamed sources who were "involved in the discussions", Japanese newspaper Mainichi reported on Wednesday that officials had already made up their minds and that a final announcement is expected by the end of the month.
The report also cited an unnamed government source who said that it would be "impossible" to bring in foreign spectators.

On the subject of the Olympics, there have been some interesting developments surrounding one of Korea's first gold medal winners from the 2018 Winter Games.
What can you tell us?

Yes, short track speed skater Lim Hyo-jun has applied for Chinese citizenship and intends to skate for China in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
That is according to report which surfaced on Saturday which said that Lim feels he will be unable to compete for Korea due to an incident which happened in 2019.
Lim was charged with sexual harassment after pulling down the pants of a male teammate during practice in front of female skaters.
The Korea Skating Union banned him for one year and he was ordered to pay a fine of around 2-thousand 6-hundred U.S. dollars.
The appellate court found him not guilty six months later but he is awaiting a final decision from the Supreme Court.

To football now: K League reached round two of the weekend with some teams in great form so far?

That's right. After two matches played in K League 1, Ulsan Hyundai, Pohang Steelers and Suwon Bluewings are the only teams to have perfect records so far.
Asian Champions League winners Ulsan followed up their 5-0 win on opening weekend with a 1-0 victory over Gwangju FC on Saturday.
Pohang meanwhile came from behind for the second week running to beat Gangwon FC 3-1 at a snowy Gangneung Civic Stadium.
And Suwon Bluewings recorded a second consecutive 1-0 home win on Sunday beating Seongnam FC.

Before you go, I understand that the Korean National Team could have a friendly match this month. What's the latest?

That's right. Korea could be playing Japan in a friendly for the first time in 10 years.
The Japanese Football Association contacted the KFA last week about a match later this month after the March World Cup qualifiers were postponed due to the pandemic.
Issues are the 14-day quarantine at each end with clubs unlikely to want their players missing for a month.
A KFA official said they will reach out to K League clubs once an agreement has been found with the JFA.

Thank-you for that, Paul. We shall see you next week.

Thank-you.
Reporter : paul.neat@hotmail.co.uk