Posted on Jun 29
Arsenal striker Park Chu-Young on Friday joined South Korea's Olympic football squad for the London Games, despite controversy over his delayed military service.
The roster announced by Olympic team coach Hong Myung-Bo included Park as one of the three wild cards, used on players over the Olympic roster age limit of 23.
The 26-year-old was dropped from the country's squad for World Cup qualifiers after he came under fire for delaying his military service by obtaining a 10-year residency visa for Monaco last year, when he played for AS Monaco.
After returning home on June 13, Park apologised and vowed not to shirk his duty. He said he had not obtained the visa to dodge military service but in order to learn advanced football skills in Europe.
Allegations of draft-dodging are a sensitive topic in South Korea, where most men must undergo two years of army training.
The former national skipper had a lacklustre first season at Arsenal, managing just six appearances since his move to London last August, but he remains one of South Korea's most influential players.
Ki Sung-Yueng, a Celtic FC midfielder in Scotland, and Ji Dong-Won, a striker for Premier League side Sunderland, are also in the squad.
South Korea will face Mexico, Switzerland and Gabon in Group B of the event, which begins on July 25.