Speed Skater Lee Sang-hwa Takes Home Top National Sports Honor

SEOUL, South Korea -- Speed skater Lee Sang-hwa received the top national sports award on Friday on the strength of her monumental, record-breaking season, recently capped off with her second straight Olympic gold medal. 

The 25-year-old was the recipient of the grand prize at the 60th annual Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) Awards. Earlier this month at the Sochi Winter Olympics, Lee successfully defended her gold medal in the women's 500 meters. 

Source: Busan eFM News

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Korean Baseball Association Investigated for Embezzlement

BUSAN, South Korea -- Prosecutors raided the office of the Korea Baseball Association (KBA) yesterday as they investigate allegations its employees embezzled the association's money. 

A team of prosecutors and investigators at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office obtained computer hard drives, accounting books and other documents from the office in southern Seoul. 

A former secretary general and other employees of the KBA are suspected of siphoning off 730 million won by manipulating financial statements. 

The prosecution launched the investigation after the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in January found irregularities in an audit last year. 

After analyzing evidence seized from the raid, the prosecution plans to summon KBA employees tied to the case.

Source: Busan eFM News

Korean Basketball Coach Under Fire

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Average KBO Salary Tops 100 Million Won

BUSAN, South Korea -- The average annual salary of South Korean professional baseball players has surpassed the 100 million won mark in 2014 for the first time in history, the baseball governing body said Wednesday. 

According to the report released by the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), a total of 477 South Korean players, excluding rookies and foreign players, will receive a record high of 106.4 million won (US$99,198) on average for the 2014 season, up 11.8 percent from the previous record of 95.17 million won last year. 

It is the first time for the average salary of players to exceed the mark in the pro league, which kicked off in 1982. 

Source: Busan eFM News

Busan IPark Unveil 2014 Uniforms

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Busan IPark Football Club have released their new uniforms for this season which are a dramatic change from previous versions. The new kits feature their new slogan 'Challenge 2014' in their hopes of symbolizing change.

The home kit, designed by Adidas, features the traditional red and white with the shield, while the new away kits feature a blue background with white lines drawn in waves to symbolize the sea.

The new kits will be unveiled in front of fans March 2nd at 2 p.m.


Lotte Giants to Host 26th Annual Lotte-Cup Baseball Competition

BUSAN, South Korea -- Pro-baseball team Lotte Giants will host the 26th Annual Lotte-Cup Baseball Competition on March 8th in Busan Gudeok Baseball Park. 

32 baseball teams based in Busan and Ulsan, including 6 elementary school teams, 16 little baseball team and 10 middle school teams, will participate. 

The winner from each league will receive 3 million won in baseball products and the 2nd place team from each league will receive 2 million won in baseball products. 

Source: Busan eFM News

South Korea Finishes in 13th Place as Sochi Olympics Come to a Close

SOCHI, Russia -- The Sochi Winter Olympics came to a close on Sunday, bringing an end to its 17-day run with a grand closing ceremony. 

Athletes of 88 countries gathered for the ceremony at the Fisht Olympic Stadium as they bid farewells. 

South Korea's Pyeongchang, the host of the next winter games, was handed over the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony. 

In the biggest Winter Olympics ever held, South Korea finished 13th with three gold, three silver and two bronze medals. 

Source: Busan eFM News

Korean Netizens Crash Website Protesting Figure Skating Decision

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South Korean Women Win Short Track 3,000m Gold

SOCHI, Russia -- With a breathtaking finish, South Korea captured the gold medal in the women's 3,000-meter relay short track at the Sochi Winter Olympics today. 

The team of Park Seung-hi, Shim Seuk-hee, Cho Hae-ri and Kim A-lang claimed South Korea's first short track gold medal in Sochi, and its second gold overall. They finished the 27-lap race in 4:04.498 seconds. Canada took the silver, and Italy earned the bronze. China finished the relay in second place but received a penalty for interference. 

The victory on Tuesday represents a measure of redemption for South Korea. The country won four straight women's relay gold medals starting in 1994, but the streak ended unceremoniously in 2010 with a controversial disqualification ruling in the final. 

Source: Busan eFM News



No Pads, No Helmets, Just Balls: The Bandits Are Back and They Want You!

BUSAN, South Korea -- To the untrained eye, Rugby might seem like a chaotic mesh of mud, butt ugly dudes, incomprehensible rules, and weird shape balls. Well, to be honest, that's not too far from the truth, though it's not quite as dangerous as it seems. It's somewhat similar to American football… only backwards, and the players don't wear pads or helmets.    

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