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South Korean Athletes Awarded Free Fried Chicken for Life

South Korean Athletes Awarded Free Fried Chicken for Life

Saturday, 23 April, 2022 - 08:45
The athletes are awarded their prize. (AFP)

South Korea's two Olympic gold medalists have been awarded free fried chicken for life to celebrate their achievements at the Beijing Winter Games this year, according to Agence France Press (AFP).

Fried chicken is one of the most popular dishes in South Korea, with reports saying almost a third of poultry consumed in the country is fried.

Yoon Hong-Geun, head of South Korea's Olympic delegation, had promised athletes a "chicken pension" if they won gold. Yoon, who owns one of South Korea's largest fried chicken franchises, Genesis BBQ, is certainly in a position to deliver on his word.

Short track speed skaters Hwang Dae-Heon and Choi Min-Jeong were promised free chicken until they reach 60 years of age.

Genesis BBQ said the two athletes will receive 30,000 won ($24) worth of coupons to spend at the shop every day, adding that the amount will increase if prices go up. Genesis BBQ said silver medalists will receive a coupon twice a week for 20 years, and bronze medalists for 10 years.

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