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Troops aim for top at Military Games

Korea aims to finish in the top three at the Military World Games in Mungyeong, North Gyeongsang.

Held every four years, the event, governed by the International Military Sports Council, enters its sixth edition.

The organizers said the event, which is held from Oct. 2 to 11, will be the biggest in its history as some 7,500 military personnel from 120 countries are expected to participate.

There will be a total of 24 sports events including five military special events.

“As we analyzed the entry, there were about 130 military athletes whose world rankings are under No. 30 in their sports,” said Brig. Gen. Ko Myung-hyun who heads the Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps. “You can say that the Games are in between the level of the Olympics and Asian Games.” He said that Korean soldiers have been training for top three finishes with a maximum of 30 gold medals.

Meanwhile, Kim Sang-ki, the chief of the organizing committee, said North Korea, which announced a boycott last month, is welcome.


Korea donates more to anti-doping system

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Monday that the Korean government donated an additional $200,000 towards development of its new Anti-Doping Administration & Management System (Adams).

“As a WADA Foundation Board member and a leading country in information technology, Korea has taken this initiative to protect the health of athletes by helping to create a fairer sporting environment via the new Adams,” Kim Chong, vice minister of culture, sports and tourism, said on the WADA website. “With this donation, we are helping tackle the complex issue of doping through financial support.”

WADA said that the donation is in addition to Korea’s annual contribution of $128,157 this year. Korea previously donated a one-time research contribution of $468,951 last year, according to the agency.

The Adams is an online central data base on athlete doping.
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