Wu Heejun made her international comeback in the first round of the Hangzhou Asian Games group stage against Thailand at the Xiaoshan Sports Center in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China on February 2.
Wu, who signed with Kabaddi in 2013 and donned the Taekwondo flag in 2015, is making her second consecutive Asian Games appearance after the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games.
After the Jakarta Games, Woo went on to win the Miss Korea 2019 title and serve in the Army Special Warfare Command’s International Peace Support Mission in Lebanon in 2021.
She was a track and field hurdler in elementary school and a sports cheerleader in middle school. After graduating from high school, she worked as an interpreter and is fluent in English.
After the game, she was interviewed by foreign reporters in fluent English.
Despite his diverse activities and curiosity in various fields, kabaddi is still at the center of his heart.
After the match against Thailand, Woo said, “I got to experience a lot of different things because I was doing something I wasn’t good at. It was also because of my disappointment and lack of medals that I started playing kabaddi again.
I never thought that I would do it again and become an all-around beauty,” she said.
The fact that he is a native of Miskoria, a former Special Forces officer, and an active national kabaddi player was enough to grab the attention of the media.
In the run-up to the Asian Games, Woo appeared on various media outlets to promote the underrepresented sport. 카지노사이트가이드
She talked about the traditional Indian sport, how it is played, and its appeal. Thanks to his charm, kabaddi, an official sport of the Asian Games, naturally penetrated into the public consciousness.
“As you can see from the spectators today, kabaddi is a sport that combines both individual and team competitions.
When you attack, it’s a one-man show.
How the player attacks and succeeds in attacking is the battle, but when defending, it’s about how the seven, five, or three players work together as a team to catch that one player (the attacker).
Kabaddi is probably the only sport that has both individual and team aspects.”
The traditional Indian sport of kabaddi, which means “holding one’s breath” in Hindi, is a mix of juggling, martial arts, rugby, jiu-jitsu, and wrestling.
Woo describes it as “jiu-jitsu for seven.”
For 20 minutes in each half (15 minutes for women), seven defenders and one attacker engage in a kind of “juggling act.
The attacker (Raider-intruder) yells “kabaddi” and enters the opponent’s zone, using their hands and feet to touch the opponent’s defensive body and return to their own zone to score a point.
The defense (Anti) must prevent the Raiders from returning to their side of the field.
In the process, fierce battles break out, which is what Kabaddi is all about.
On offense, the players utilize techniques such as dubki, which is a lowering of the body to avoid the touch of the opponent. It’s a sport where you can feel the tension and energy.
“It’s a really fun sport to watch,” Woo said.
On the day, South Korea suffered a heavy 23-43 loss to Thailand. They need to win both of their remaining games to advance to the tournament, which will feature the top two teams from each of the seven groups.
That’s a tall order, given that their two opponents are the reigning champions India and powerhouse Chinese Taipei.
South Korea has been competing in the tournament since Guangzhou 2010, when women’s kabaddi became an official Asian Games sport.
In the last three editions, the team was eliminated in the group stage. This time, the goal is to advance to the knockout rounds.
Woo Hee-jun said, “We prepared for the Thailand game as if it was the final.
I thought they had similar skills to us, so I was determined to win, but the result was disappointing.
I think the players, including myself, were impatient when attacking and defending.
I think many of the players were nervous because it was their first game. It was positive that they fully warmed up and adapted to the stadium,” he said.
On whether the Asian Games is harder than military life, Woo said, “In the military, you train hard during training and then you get a break.
But at the Asian Games, we have a clear goal of winning a medal and serving our country, so we have to keep training without a break,” he said. “The first match ended badly.
“We don’t know what will happen after that, but if more people watch kabaddi and are interested in trying it, then we have achieved another goal besides a medal.
I still want to win a medal,” he emphasized.