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S. Korean military produces program to inspire soldiers

All News 18:10 July 25, 2016

SEOUL, July 25 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's defense ministry said Monday it will produce a series of interviews with celebrities who have made notable achievements in their own fields to help inspire soldiers during their service years.

The one-on-one interview program, dubbed “Wanna Be Person,” chose Korean golfer K.J. Choi as the first interviewee as he was the first Asian player to win the U.S. PGA Championship in 2011, according to the Ministry of National Defense.

The eight-minute interview clip with Choi is available on an internet protocol TV operated by the ministry mainly for soldiers.

In the interview, Choi stressed the strenuous effort he put into the game and said his never-yielding attitude allowed him to become a world-class golfer from a boy who grew up on a small southern island. He was born in Wando, South Jeolla Province, in 1970.

"When I first advanced to the PGA, foreign players sarcastically questioned why I came over to the U.S. to make money instead of making money at my home country. But I didn't understand what they said so I just said 'Thank you.' Such an experience taught me patience," he said.

He suffered through a slump during his initial years in the U.S. but stressed he never gave up and vowed to survive like weeds growing in a field.

"Even if you are tired and face challenges in your life, never give up and do your best," he advised young soldiers.

kyongae.choi@yna.co.kr
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