South Korea and Tottenham forward Heung-min Son has started
a three-week period of military service.
The 27-year-old Son reported to a Marine Corps unit on the southern island of Jeju, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, and will be in camp until May 8.
He is fulfilling requirements of the military service exemption he earned by winning the gold medal for South Korea in the Asian Games football tournament in 2018. Without the exemption, he would have been required by law to serve 21 months.
Under the terms of the exemption, he needs to complete basic training and 544 hours of community service over the next 34 months while he remains a professional athlete.
Son will now be exposed to tear gas, go on hikes and receive weapons training during his stint with the marines.
He recently recovered from a broken arm sustained in a match in February, and is doing his service while the Premier League is indefinitely suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.