Park Inbee wins LPGA KIA Classic, IOC guests to be banned at Tokyo 2020
Updated: 2021-03-29 15:46:53 KST
Time now for 'This Week in Sports' and joining us in the studio is our sports editor Paul Neat.
Paul, let's begin with the LPGA - a dominant performance from South Korean star Park Inbee over the weekend.
Yes, indeed. Park Inbee won the LPGA KIA Classic in California over the weekend her 21st LPGA tour title and first since February last year.
It was a wire-to-wire victory too for the world number 4 who began the final day with a 5-stroke lead.
That grew to 6 and thanks to three bogeys, an eagle and a birdie on the final day she finished at 14 under 274 overall.
The win moves Park closed to Pak Se-ri the most successful Korean player with 25 LPGA wins.
Park said that she couldn't believe how well she performed.
After 3 months out, Park said she expected the KIA Classic to be preparation for the first major of the year coming up next week - the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California.
The wait is soon to be over as the 2021 KBO baseball season gets underway this weekend. But it does so with strengthened coronavirus protocols?
Yes, KBO returns on Saturday and fans will be in attendance but with even stricter virus prevention measures.
After consulting medical and health experts, KBO has released tighter health and safety protocols for the new season.
Masks remain mandatory in all areas except on the field during games.
The KBO will also do random spot checks.
And, bench-clearing brawls are banned to ensure that players maintain safe distances from one another.
Also, a "three strikes and you're out" rule will be applied to fans with third-time offender ejected from the stadium.
Like last year, no cheering is allowed nor can fans eat or drink in the stadiums.
To the Olympics now, it seems as though the closer we get to this summer's Games, the more we hear about restrictions being implemented.
I understand that there is to be a ban on guests of International Olympic Committee members?
Yes, guests including partners and family of IOC members will not be able to attend only those who have "essential and operational roles."
The IOC Executive Board said it would also scrap or significantly reduce its guest program as well as the number of invitations for "Olympic athlete legends" to limit the number of people at the event.
The ruling means that more than 1-thousand people will be unable to secure accreditation.
And finally, I understand that there was some concerning news regarding former Korean National Football Team manager Shin Tae-yong?
Yes, Shin Tae-yong on Saturday returned to Korea from Indonesia to receive medical treatment. He actually arrived on a rental Air Ambulance jet costing around 114-thousand U.S. dollars.
Current Indonesian national team boss Shin…. who managed Korea at the 2018 World Cup recovered from COVID-19 earlier this month.
But, reports say that other chronic diseases worsened and so he decided to return home for treatment.
A PCR test on March 26th came back negative so Shin could have boarded a normal flight but instead traveled by Air Ambulance jet… in case of any health complications at high altitude.
The Indonesian FA confirmed that Shin left for Korea to get treated for underlying illness.
The average daily new virus cases in Indonesia is currently at around 5-thousand.
Thank-you for that, Paul. We shall see you next week.