Badminton player Ahn Se-young (21-Samsung Life), who battled through injuries at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games, is once again earning applause for her mature demeanor.
“I received a lot of offers for broadcast appearances, interviews, commercials, etc. as I came back from the Asian Games,” Ahn said on Instagram on Nov. 13. “I’m sorry that I couldn’t respond to all of your support. Right now, I want to fully heal and rest,” he said.
He added that he will focus on his role as an athlete instead of outside activities.
“Yesterday, today, and tomorrow, I’m just an ordinary athlete,” Ahn said, “I’m not a special celebrity because of a medal, but I’m ‘Athlete Ahn Se-young’ like many athletes who are just trying to get through the day and keep going toward their goals.”
“You might think I’m cocky, but I have a goal to reach, so I’m going to walk silently one step at a time,” he said, adding, “Please support me so that the era of Ahn Se-young, who walks firmly and fulfills her dreams, can come.”
“I’m very grateful to those who are worried about me and support me, and I’m sorry that I can’t respond to the support of many people one by one,” Ahn said, adding, “Please wait a little longer so that I can become stronger and show (good) on the court.”
As of Friday, the post had more than 45,000 likes and more than 1,500 comments.
Followers left supportive messages such as, “Your play is solid, but your mindset is even more solid,” and “I hope you can move forward with your goals.”
Ahn won two gold medals at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games in the women’s singles and women’s team event. Her gold medal in the women’s singles was the second ever for a South Korean athlete and the first in 29 years since Hwang Su-hyun at the 1994 Hiroshima Games.
Ahn injured her knee in the first set of the women’s singles final, 18-16, and has since been diagnosed with a torn tendon near her knee and will spend up to five weeks rehabbing. 안전놀이터