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First contingent of S. Korean Olympic delegation to leave for Rio

All News 07:59 July 26, 2016

SEOUL, July 26 (Yonhap) -- The first contingent of the South Korean delegation to the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics will leave for Brazil early Wednesday.

The chartered flight carrying 159 athletes, officials and journalists is scheduled to depart for Rio at five minutes past midnight Wednesday. They will stop over in Dubai and will arrive in Rio at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday (local time), according to the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC).

South Korea has set out to grab at least 10 gold medals to finish in the top 10 in the fourth consecutive Summer Games. The Rio Olympics, the first in South America, will go on from Aug. 5 to 21.

Chung Mong-gyu, president of the Korea Football Association (KFA), will serve as the head of the delegation.

Pistol shooter Jin Jong-oh, who will be defending two gold medals in Rio, has been named the male captain and will carry the national flag at Incheon International Airport.

Kim Jung-haeng, one of the two co-presidents of the KOC, has pulled out of the trip, citing health problems. The other KOC co-president, Kang Young-joong, is making arrangements to take Kim's place in Rio.

The KOC said there will be no media availability for the delegation at Rio de Janeiro-Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport, given security concerns in the area.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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