While many international locations strategy the Winter Olympics with a steadfast competitiveness and steely resolve, they might discover loud encouragement from an unlikely supply; a bunch of South Koreans who undertake a staff to cheer for on the video games.
The Korean Supporters Club boasts 100,000 individuals who are joyful to loudly and passionately cheer for a nation that’s not their very own. The unbelievable help begins on the airport. Every day when athletes have been arriving, almost 200 volunteers gathered at Seoul’s Incheon Airport to greet them.
For the video games themselves, they’ll wave the flag of no matter nation they’re cheering on, sing songs and chants within the native language of the athletes. Each member of the group buys their tickets themselves and so they’ll be assigned a rustic to encourage for any event they attend.
The Korean Supporters Club hope to get between 100 to 120 volunteers to every event. They stated they don’t anticipate any points with the favored indoor occasions however these Olympics are forecast to be the coldest on data, with some outside occasions going down in temperatures of three˚F /-16˚C.
The membership started for the 2002 World Cup which was hosted by Japan and South Korea. Founder Moon Sang Ju instructed the Star that he needed to advertise his nation’s picture and promote peaceable relations between international locations. “The entire world is one family, even if we’re from different countries,” he stated. “It’s just sports. It’s okay to support other countries and other athletes.”
The message takes on an added poignancy this yr because the group say they’ll even cheer on North Korea, regardless of latest tensions and fears of battle between the international locations. North Korea have additionally despatched a devoted staff of feminine ‘cheerleaders’ who can be supporting athletes from each North and South Korea.
Sports followers on-line have been commeding the heartwarming wholesomeness of the Korean fan actions, evaluating it to the behaviour of some followers on the Rio Olympics the place rival athletes have been booed.