Chung Mong-gyu, president of the Korea Football Association, was elected as a member of the AFC executive committee… “Paving the way for a fourth consecutive term” – Dong-A Ilbo VRESP

Chung Mong-gyu (pictured), chairman of the Korea Football Association (pictured), who has many people in and outside the world of football calling for him to resign, ran for election as an executive member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and was elected. The position of AFC executive committee member is a position that can be maintained even after stepping down from the position of president of the Korea Football Association, but Chairman Chung’s candidacy is accepted as a sign of his intention to run for a fourth consecutive term in the election of the president of the Korea Football Association to be held next year.

Chairman Chung was elected in the executive committee election held at the AFC general meeting held in Bangkok, Thailand on the 16th. Chairman Chung ran alone in the election to elect a male executive committee member in the East Asia region and was elected without voting. His term runs until the 2027 AFC General Assembly. The executive committee is the organization that decides on major issues, such as selecting venues for various competitions. It consists of a total of 30 people, including the AFC president and 5 vice presidents, 6 FIFA Council members, and 18 executive committee members.

Chairman Chung was elected as a member of the FIFA Council in May 2017 and served for two years. He failed to run for re-election in April 2019 and also lost in the election in February last year. Regarding Chairman Chung’s election as a member of the AFC executive committee, the Football Association said, “We have been able to raise the voice and influence of Korean football on the international stage.”

However, there are many people who view Chairman Chung’s current candidacy unfavorably. It is said to be a preparatory step to run for a fourth consecutive term in the Football Association President election to be held next year. Chairman Chung’s term ends in January of next year. In the case of the head of a sports team under the Korea Sports Council, he or she can only run for a third consecutive term if he or she passes the review of the Sports Fair Committee of the Sports Council. It is clear that the title of an executive of an international sporting organization, AFC Executive Committee Member, will be helpful in the Sports Fair Committee’s deliberation process regarding Chairman Chung.

Chairman Chung is under pressure to resign from inside and outside the soccer world due to the disruption in the selection process of former Korean national soccer team coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the recent poor performance of Korean soccer in international competitions.

Reporter Kim Jeong-hoon [email protected]

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