You might have heard of Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min’s return to South Korea to undertake his mandatory four-week military service for his country.
The details of his military service, however, will be kept away from the public to ensure people remain safe, according to a new statement from his management.
But Son can expect a “very intense” military training on all levels. As stated by a Marine Corps official, Son could be exposed to tear gas, undertake live-fire drills and go on a 30-kilometre loaded march during his three weeks of training in South Korea.
The 27-year-old, who has been recovering from a broken arm suffered in February, gained exemption from having to complete two years of national service after winning the Asian Games with South Korea.
However, Son must still undertake his basic training and in a statement released by his management company on his official Facebook page it was explained why that training must be completed away from the public.
Son is enormously popular in South Korea and draws large crowds of fans from his homeland wherever he goes and this latest move is meant to prevent causing health issues during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Hello, Son is readying for military basic training in April,” read the statement from his management team.
“After the news broke out that Son is having training, there were many fans and media contacts who want to see Son joining the training centre, on-site. Therefore we publish this to relay the correct information on it.
“Recently, due to the Covid-19 situation, we need to restrain ourselves from a large gathering. To cooperate with the government’s policy for Covid-19, Son has decided to join the training ‘not open to the public’, without giving any information in advance.
“Son will fully commit to his military basic training.
“Thank you. Once again, to prevent any more harm from Covid-19, please restrain yourself to come to on-site to see Son.”
Son is expected to return to the UK next month after completing his military training, which is expected to be a tough, intense experience for the Spurs star rather than any kind of easy ride for a celebrity.