Seo Hee-ju, 29, the “eight-armed beauty” of the national wushu team, has vowed to wipe away the tears she shed five years ago in Hangzhou. “The shock of five years ago is still fresh in my mind,” Seo said after arriving at Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport in Hangzhou, China, the host city of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games on Wednesday. “It was very disappointing to get injured in my prime before the most important competition. Now that I’ve recovered from my injury, I’m confident because I’ve improved a lot,” he said. “This will be my fourth and final Asian Games,” he said, “and since three or four months ago, I can close my eyes and see the Asian Games stage. I’m still nervous, but I’m also feeling very eager and desperate.”Seo, who competed at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games and 2014 Incheon Asian Games, used the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games as a platform for her retirement and broke a lot of sweat .However, Seo suffered a major injury during the final check with just five minutes left to go. She tore her ACL in her left knee and was unable to compete. Four years of hard work had come to an end. The tears never dried in Seo’s eyes, and she has been on the operating table twice since returning home. Seo refused to give up. She postponed her retirement and gritted her teeth .And after a year of postponement due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), she was back on the Asian Games stage .”My goal this time is definitely to win a gold medal, but more importantly, I want to give everything I’ve been preparing for without any regrets,” she said. Seo, who is beloved by the public for her bubbly personality and outspokenness on various TV shows, also expressed her determination to promote wushu through this competition.” I feel a responsibility to promote wushu,” she said, adding, “I will approach the competition with a heavy heart. “Wushu is divided into Santa, where athletes compete against each other, and Turo, where athletes perform martial arts alone. Seo will compete in the two events, swordsmanship and spearmanship, and her final ranking will be determined by combining her scores from both events. She will compete 스포츠토토링크 in her final Asian Games on Nov. 27.
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