According to Reuters, Tottenham forward Son Heung-min is set to undergo a gruelling training program which includes exposure to tear gas, undertaking live-fire drills a march of up to 30km during his mandatory military service which he will begin later this month.
The club confirmed yesterday that Son will now begin his mandatory military service back in his home country.
All able-bodied men are required to serve in the military for around two years in South Korea but Son received an exemption for leading his country to gold at the 2018 Asian Games (Guardian).
However, a four-week military service is still mandatory for Son and with the Premier League suspended, it looks like the 27-year-old has decided to put the time to good use by completing it now.
Reuters details the kind of gruelling tasks that the Spurs forward will have to undertake during his training with South Korea’s Marine Corps in the southernmost island of Jeju and it sounds like no easy feat.
It is claimed that Son’s training will include elements of discipline education, combat drills and a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) exercise.
The report quotes a Military Manpower Administration (MMA) official as saying: “The CBRN training is usually the toughest part of the boot camp.
“Once you’re in the military, you should be able to fire a rifle, breath in the gas and participate in a battle, rolling and crawling around the field.
“During the march, our regular Marine Corps recruits would bring 40 kg of equipment but it could be much lighter for alternative trainees depending on the programme.”
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Any boot camp or training program with the Marine Corps is bound to be excruciatingly difficult but Son being an elite athlete should be able to cope better than most. At least this ensures that the forward will come back fully fit if the Premier League does resume behind closed doors anytime soon.
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