“Kabaddi is my destiny” by Woo Hee-jun, former ‘Miss Korea – Special Forces’
There’s a women’s kabaddi player with a unique story: she was a Miss Korea and served as a special forces officer.
Reporter Lee Moo-hyung profiles Woo Hee-jun, who is putting her life on the line again in pursuit of an Asian Games medal.
The contestant exudes charm with her graceful smile and fiery dance.
Meet Heejun Woo, Miss Korea 2019.
After representing Korea at the world pageant, Woo was commissioned as a lieutenant the following year and became a soldier.
He did well enough in the military to be deployed overseas as a specialist, but in June of this year, he chose to leave.
He did so to compete for the Korean karate team at the Hangzhou Asian Games.
[Woo Hee-joon / National Kabaddi Team: “I started playing kabaddi when I was 22, and I’m 30 this year, so I think it’s not an exaggeration to say that I spent almost all of my 20s playing kabaddi. I’ve been playing for seven or eight years, so I think it was destiny.”]
Kabaddi is a popular sport in India, but many people still don’t know about it in Korea, so he kindly introduces the sport.
[“It’s a system where you make a touch and if you make it back to your own side safely, you get a point for the number of touches you made.”]
[“To put it simply, you have to catch it 바카라 and make sure the attacker doesn’t get back to his own side of the field. It’s like hopscotch.”]
Injuries are commonplace in the sport, which is characterized by grueling training and physicality.
Today, Woo lives for one reason. He wants to win the Asian Games medal he narrowly missed out on five years ago in Jakarta.
[“If we win a medal this time, it will be the first women’s kabaddi medal, and we will do our best to bring home the gold with a good performance. Kabaddi fighting!”]