Korean WBC players exempt from military service

Updated: March 16, 2006, 9:47 PM ET
Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea decided Friday to exempt national team members competing at the World Baseball Classic from mandatory military service as a reward for advancing to the tournament's semifinals.

Korea beat Japan 2-1 on Wednesday to clinch a berth in inaugural tournament's semifinals.

The Defense Ministry will soon introduce a bill that exempts the players from the usual two-year compulsory military service, the ruling Uri Party said.

The privilege will benefit ...

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