Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min is not the only South Korean chasing an Asian Games gold to avoid military service and the issue influenced celebration in Tuesday?s archery final in the men?s individual recurve event.
Kim Woo-jin won the all-Korean contest 6-4 for his third Asian Games gold but refused to celebrate his victory over compatriot Lee Woo-seok.
Korean law states that every able-bodied man must report for national service for 21 months before their 28th birthday, while exemption is offered to all Olympic medalists or Asian Games champions.
Kim secured his exemption eight years ago when he won two golds in the 2010 Games in Guangzhou. But for Lee, already serving in the armed forces, Tuesday?s final was the last opportunity to win a gold and obtain an early discharge.
Kim said he performed without thinking about the implications of the outcome.