Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok to Represent South Korea at 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games

T1 star mid laner Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok is set to represent South Korea in 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games despite recent injury concerns.

Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok to represent South Korea at Asian Games

Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok, the renowned mid laner player for T1, is confirmed to represent South Korea at the upcoming 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games. However, his recent injury troubles may raise doubt about his participation in the tournament.

Esports inclusion in the Asian Games

The Asian Games presents an historic development, adding esports tournaments to their official program as medal events for the first time. This inclusion considerably heightens the overall stake of the competition. Seven games including League of Legends, Dota 2, and Street Fighter V are set to be official esports competitions.

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Faker's return and the South Korean team

Despite earlier concerns regarding his recent wrist problems, Faker is included in South Korea’s six-man lineup for the Asian Games. T1 witnessed a slump in their performance in the LCK Summer Split when Faker was absent for four weeks. However, the team's fortunes took a positive turn upon his return, resulting in them finishing the playoffs in second place and securing automatic qualification for Worlds.

Faker will be attending his first world championship in South Korea since missing the 2014 and 2018 events. With a fourth Worlds trophy in his sights, his availability for national representation stays in question.

Currently, Faker remains a part of South Korea’s national team for the Hangzhou Games and has participated in a preparation match recently. Additionally, he took part in the match the following day when South Korea beat Taiwan 2-0.

It is highly anticipated that Faker will be sharing playing time with Jeong ‘Chovy’ Ji-hoon, another mid laner for the South Korean team assembled by national coach Kim ‘kkOma’ Jeong-gyun, who was named the LCK Summer 2023 Finals MVP.

The South Korean six-man squad includes three T1 players – Faker, top laner Choi ’Zeus’ Woo-je, and support Ryu ‘Keria’ Min-seok – for the Asian Games. After scoring second place against China at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, Faker has expressed his goal to enhance his performance in Hangzhou.

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