In the latter case, it sheds no light, I'm afraid. When Li Mao was re-hired in early 2007, Yonhap announced that he was given an 18-month contract. In other words, he was only ever to work in Korea until the end of the Beijing Olympics. His departure had nothing to do with the 2008 Korea Open incident. As for Lee Hyun Il, who knows? He had already quit suddenly in 2007. In 2008, I don't believe it was a sudden decision. My recollection is that everyone knew he would be retiring. I could be wrong. A Korean man retiring from international competition at age 28 is hardly a surprise. Park Joo Bong and Yim Bang Eun were both 27 when they first retired. Kim Yong Hyun was 26. Kim Dong Moon was 28.