Lee Si Young Joins Incheon City′s Boxing Team
Actress Lee Si Young became the first actress to join an official boxing team.
On January 31, Lee Si Young attended a ceremony held for her entrance to Incheon′s boxing team. The ceremony was originally to take place in private, but it was opened to the press in the end when the issue received so much attention as the first of its kind.
Lee Si Young appeared this day not as an actress, but as a passionate boxer. She wasn′t wearing any makeup, and met the press in a comfortable training suit. Her only accessory was the band she had used to tie her hair in a ponytail.
Mayor Song Young Gil of Incheon said about Lee Si Young with a thumbs-up, "Her will is very strong. She not only joined Incheon′s boxing team, but also moved to Guwol-dong in Incheon and became a citizen of the city."
Lee Si Young said in the question and answer session held after the actual ceremony, "I know I don′t have enough skills to really join the team, but I believe they accepted me for my strengths rather than my weaknesses. I′ll recover from my injury and work hard. I′ll be sincere so that I won′t embarrass myself in front of the current athletes."
When asked whether she would be trying out to represent Korea in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, she answered, "It would be taken as an honor for any athlete to become a national athlete. It would be an honor for me too, but I know that I′m not good enough to make that dream reality. I will, however, work hard like the others."
The actress was modest until the end.
To a question asking whether she thought she would draw more interest to the fairly unpopular sport, she said, "I don′t believe I′m a person big enough to bring such effects, but it would be an honor if I could be of some help. I′ll work hard to be a good influence."
Lee Si Young first showed her talent in boxing when she won the 33rd National Amateur Boxing Championship in July 2012. She then went on to compete in the finals for the 66th National Amateur Boxing Competition and 2013 National Athlete Contest in December.
Incheon decided to recruit her after seeing her potential in the area.
The actress is currently the honorary ambassdor for the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, and is looking toward the premiere of her upcoming film Mens Manual next month.
Photo credit: Hea Jung Min
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