Paulo Bento leaves Lee Kang-in out of S. Korean nat'l team squad
Updated: 2021-08-23 17:05:03 KST
Time now for "This Week in Sports" and so joining us in the studio is our sports editor, Paul Neat.
Paul, let's begin with the South Korean national football team.
Manager Paul Bento's squad was announced earlier today. Son is in, but Lee Kang-in is not.
That's right. Earlier today Paulo Bento named his 26-man squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers.
11 are Korea's overseas-based stars, including six in Europe.
Captain Son Heung-min has been selected, as has defender Kim Min-jae who on Sunday made his debut in the Turkish Super Lig for Fenerbahce following a move from Beijing FC.
He started Fenerbahce's 2-0 win against Antalyaspor.
However, Valencia's Lee Kang-in has not been selected in the national team squad.
Bento said this is due to "tactical reasons."
Elsewhere, there are 14 K League-based players, representing six different clubs.
Korea face Iraq at Seoul World Cup Stadium on Thursday September 2nd and Lebanon on Tuesday the 7th at Suwon World Cup Stadium, both at 8 PM.
Sticking with football for the moment. I understand that FIFA is taking action to try and help Afghan women footballers seeking safety from the Taliban.
Yes, football's world governing body FIFA has written to a number of governments to request the emergency evacuation of female players from Afghanistan.
According to a report by the BBC, players are said to fear for their lives following the Taliban's takeover of the Afghan capital Kabul.
Players' organization Fifpro is also calling for help.
The union said it was working with governments to establish an evacuation plan, adding that "The ambition is to bring as many people to safety as possible."
FIFA said the situation in Afghanistan "remains unstable and very worrying".
Earlier this week, former Afghanistan national women's team captain Khalida Popal pleaded with sporting bodies to help get the players safe because she fears for those left behind under the Taliban rule.
Changing things up to baseball. It's proving to be quite the season for Ryu Hyun-jin, his first with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Yes, another shutout show from Ryu Hyun-jin.
In Major League Baseball on Saturday local time, pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin helped Toronto Blue Jays win 3-zero against the Detroit Tigers, pitching seven shutout innings.
Ryu himself this season is twelve and six and is tied in the American League for most victories.
It was his first shutout appearance in more than a month though and it brought his E-R-A down from 3.7-2 to 3.5-4.
Ryu said his change-up was working well on Saturday, and he said he's not giving up on a Blue Jays postseason.
Finally, the Paralympics in Tokyo kick off tomorrow and with some new sports added.
Yes, that's right. Team Korea will be made up of 159 people 86 of them athletes.
They will compete in 14 sports: Archery, athletics, badminton, boccia, cycling, judo, weightlifting, rowing, shooting, swimming, tennis, table tennis, taekwondo, and basketball.
Badminton and taekwondo will make their Paralympic debuts in Tokyo.
There will be no spectators and organizers have urged local fans to refrain from attending road events.
The opening ceremony begins at 8 PM tomorrow.
Team Korea's best performance at a Paralympic Games was back in 1988 in Seoul finishing 6th overall with 40 gold, 35 silver and 19 bronze medals.
Thank-you for that, Paul.
We shall see you next week.