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No candidates registered to run for top job in S. Korea's pro football

All Headlines 21:55 February 10, 2017

SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's pro football league office said Friday no one has registered to run for its top post, but it will select a new leader this month with senior delegates' approval.

The K League, the operator of the country's pro football league, said no one submitted candidacy for its commissioner job by 6 p.m. Friday, the deadline for the registration.

The league was looking for a new commissioner to succeed Kwon Oh-gap, whose four-year term officially ended a month ago.

The league previously held the election on Jan. 16 that had Shin Moon-sun, former footballer now working as a college professor, as the lone candidate. However, Shin failed to earn the majority of votes from electoral delegates and was denied the commissioner job.

After failing to elect its new leader, the K League board of directors approved a rule that enables senior delegates to select a commissioner if no one has registered to run for the position.

The K League said its board of directors will nominate one candidate, and the single candidate must earn two-thirds approval from the 24 senior delegates in its general assembly on Feb. 24.

Industry insiders said the new rule for election deposit and the league's task of getting main sponsorship may have put too much of a burden on would-be candidates.

Under the new rule, candidates must make a 50 million won ($43,550) deposit to run for the election and they can get a full refund if they earn 20 percent of the delegates' votes.

Sources said Kwon, who is temporarily retaining his job until the new commissioner is selected, could be nominated, but it's still uncertain whether he would accept the nomination.

Kwon, who is also vice chairman of shipbuilding conglomerate Hyundai Heavy Industries, previously said he will not seek a second term because of his company issues.

kdon@yna.co.kr
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