The younger Korean men’s volleyball team is sweating for the revival of stagnant men’s volleyball.
The men’s volleyball team, led by coach Lim Do-heon, has been training in preparation for the 2023 Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Challenger Cup, which will be held in Taiwan from July 8, gathering at the Jincheon National Training Center in Chungcheongbuk-do from the 1st of last month.메이저사이트
The topic of the national team ahead of this tournament was ‘generational change’. In the 2000s, Korean men’s volleyball continued to perform poorly on the international stage. Until the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, he failed to make it to the Olympic finals for the fifth consecutive time, and at the present time, which is ranked 33rd in the world rankings, the possibility of participating in the 2024 Paris Olympics is very low. The sluggishness in international competitions also had a negative impact on the box office of the V-League men’s division. Korean men’s volleyball sees this tournament as the starting point for a soft landing in the generational shift and a new leap forward on the international stage.
The average age of the national team has been significantly lowered to 25.7 years old. Senior players such as setter Seon Seon Han (38, Korean Air) and middle blocker Young-seok Shin (37, KEPCO), who are rich in experience and still have good skills, have left out, and middle blocker Min-jae Kim (20, Korean Air) and outside hitter Han-yong Jung (20) have been eliminated. 22, Korean Air) and other young players in their early and mid-20s filled in. Just because the overall age of the national team has become younger does not mean that the weight of the Taegeuk mark has become lighter. Ahead of the upcoming international competition, players feel a heavy responsibility enough to talk about the ‘revival’ of men’s volleyball.
Setter Hwang Taek-eui (27, Armed Forces Sports Corps), who captained the national team, met with reporters prior to the open training held at the Jincheon National Training Center on the 21st and said, “I think there will be a lot of vacancies for (Korean) player hyung, but to show a good figure, there are many “I think now is the time to go to international competitions and show (my skills),” he said.
Outside hitter Lim Seong-jin (24, KEPCO) said, “I feel more responsible and prepare for the tournament diligently, thinking that if we do better, men’s volleyball will become more popular.”
The national team aims to win the AVC Challenger Cup next month as well as the Hangzhou Asian Games in September. Coach Lim said, “Among the basic skills, I pay a lot of attention to the defense side.” “The players are well aware that men’s volleyball is in crisis, so I think they will do well in the Asian Games. The goal is to win,” he said strongly.