Rio 2016: Korean island sends energy-boosting abalone to Olympic golfers

by andrey | August 15, 2016 12:20 pm

Wando, an island at the southern end of South Korea, has sent 30 kilograms of smoked abalone to the Rio Olympic village to support South Korean athletes.

Smoked abalone is considered an energy booster in the country.

Wando said it sent the seafood to support South Korean Olympic golf coach Choi Kyung-ju, who was born in Wando, and to provide energy to his team.

“I ate some abalone and it took effect,” Choi told the Dong-a Ilbo. “I felt more energetic and my stomach was more comfortable. The players also each ate three of them today and asked for more. Most of all, they liked eating something from their home country that cannot be found here.”

Choi, also commonly known as K. J. Choi, is a South Korean golfer who has won 20 professional golf tournaments worldwide since he turned pro in 1994. He has spent 40 weeks in the top-10 of world rankings after winning the Players Championship in 2011. Choi is also the first Olympic golf coach in the country.

Meanwhile, South Korean Olympic golfers Ahn Byeog-hun ranked ninth and Wang Jeong-hun 16th after the first men’s golf match on Thursday (KST). The second match starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday.


Lee Jin-a, Korea Times

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