BUSAN , South Korea -- Corruption in sports is nothing new to athletes and fans. But in recent years, South Korea has seen an onslaught of scandals that nearly crippled its domestic sports leagues.
The four major sports in South Koreaâbaseball, football, basketball and volleyballâhave all been scrutinized in the past few years for match-fixing incidents in which hundreds of athletes, officials and even coaches have been indicted or put under suspicion for rigging games, much to the dismay of its recent growing fan base.
SEOUL, South Korea -- On January 14, 2013 the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Canada and the Republic of Korea was celebrated via an exclusive media launch at the Embassy of Canada, kicking off a year-long program of events designed to highlight the close ties between our two nations. The Celebration 2013 launch event was hosted by Ambassador David Chatterson and featured our celebrity honorary ambassadors â Korean-Canadian K-pop artist G.Na, Canadian singer Shayne, actor Oh Zio and soccer star Lee Young-Pyo. Painter Kim Duk-Ki and cartoonist Rhie Won-Bok were also awarded certificates of appreciation for graciously acting as the Embassy's artistic partners for Celebration 2013.