South Koreans start swim to Dokdo

AFP-JIJI

A team of South Korean swimmers began a 230-km relay Monday from an eastern port to the Dokdo islands, in Seoul’s latest assertion of its sovereignty over the outcrops claimed by Japan, where they are known as Takeshima.

The team, led by singer Kim Jang Hoon, plans to complete the swim on Wednesday, when Liberation Day will mark the end in 1945 of Japan’s 35 years of colonial rule over Korea.

Kim jumped into the sea off Uljin in a full-body swimsuit after holding a ceremony with about 40 university students and dozens of others, Yonhap news agency reported.

The students, all members of a swimming club at the Korea National Sport University, will take part in the 55-hour relay led by Kim, it said.

The singer was set to celebrate his 45th birthday at sea Tuesday.