One athlete’s dreams of becoming a No. 1 goalkeeper came to an end when he was the victim of an unfortunate drunk driving accident.
Jeju’s Yoo Yoo-soo has been diagnosed as a paraplegic and has had to hang up his gloves.
In front of an empty goal, a young man sits in a wheelchair and stares at the green field.
Just a year ago, Yoo Yeon-soo was flying high and protecting Jeju’s goal.토토사이트
A year ago, Yoo Yoo-soo had a promising soccer career ahead of him.
Last October, he was hit by a drunk driver, seriously injured, and eventually diagnosed as a paraplegic.
Now, he can’t even get around without his parents’ help.
[Yoo Yeon-soo: “I felt like there was nothing I could do, not even a cow, not even a stool, and I think the hardest thing was that I couldn’t play soccer, which made me cry.”]
However, the drunk driver has yet to apologize and has not been punished.
[Yoo Yeon-soo/Jeju: “He was talking about going in and out of jail, like he’s destroying a family and ruining a person’s life….”]
It took him a year to come to terms with the unbelievable reality that he would never put on a goalie’s glove again.
[“I don’t know if I’ll ever put (the gloves) on again…I don’t know if I’ll ever catch a ball with them on….”]
After leaving Jeongden Ground amid tearful farewells from his teammates, Yoo decided to take on a new challenge.
[Yoo Yeon-soo: “There is a table tennis center, so I tried it and it was fun, so I will definitely try my best and challenge for the Paralympics.”]
As he embarks on the next chapter of his life, Yoo Yeon-soo will bid farewell to Jeongden Ground with a retirement ceremony at the league’s final home game tomorrow.