Two former football stars will serve as torchbearers for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, a corporate sponsor of the event said Friday.
Coca-Cola, one of the three presenting partners for the Olympic torch relay, said current South Korea national football team assistant coach Cha Du-ri and former national team striker Shin Young-rok will carry the sacred fire together in Busan on Saturday. Coca-Cola said Cha and Shin will run as a group with other runners.
|In this file photo taken on Sept. 19, 2015, former South Korean national football team striker Shin Young-rok waves to fans during an event at Suwon World Cup Stadium in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province. (Yonhap)|
Shin, who previously played for South Korea's Suwon Samsung Bluewings and Turkish side Bursaspor, suffered a heart attack during a K League match in 2011. The 30-year-old regained consciousness after 50 days in a coma.
Cha played for many Europeans clubs including Frankfurt and Celtic. The forward-turned-right hung up his boots in 2015. His father and German Bundesliga legend Cha Bum-kun is also one of the runners for the torch relay.
|In this file photo taken on Sept. 2, 2017, South Korea national football team assistant coach Cha Du-ri gives direction to players at a training session in Tashkent ahead of the final Asian World Cup qualifying match against Uzbekistan. (Yonhap)|
The torch relay in South Korea began on Wednesday when the countdown to the PyeongChang Olympics reached 100 days. The route will cover 2,018 kilometers -- the same number as the year in which the Olympics is taking place -- through nine provinces, eight major cities, and 151 counties and districts. The relay will have 7,500 runners in total. (Yonhap)