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04-25-2012, 10:41 AM
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I would say they're much worse than both of those teams (Japan '98 and Italy '06).
At the time of Nagano and Torino both Japan and Italy were actually playing in the Pool A/Elite division. Sure, Japan had a guaranteed spot from the Asian qualifiers, yet they still were relatively competitive, having close games with teams like Belarus or Denmark. The comparison with Italy is completely uncalled for, they had a decent team.
As for South Korea, they would have 0% chances of having a close match with ANYONE. I mean, come on. They lost to Spain last year and had a 0-6 walkover against Italy. As much as I like seeing them in Div IA (for a year), there's no point in having them in the OG.
Naturalizing foreigners is completely against the Olympic spirit, it's disgusting and makes the whole concept of national teams playing against each other pointless.
They've done it for other sports in the Olympics. Greece 2004 for Baseball is one I can think of right away.
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