South Korea’s women’s volleyball team, which has suffered a 27-match losing streak on the international stage, has vowed to restore its honor.
The team held an open training session on Sunday at the Jincheon Athletes’ Village in Chungcheongbuk-do, where they are currently training for the Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship.
The players arrived at Jincheon after spending the last six days at the Korea Volleyball Organization (KOVO) Cup with their respective clubs. They will have about three weeks to train together before their departure.
“Three weeks is a short time, but we are training with different goals for each week,” said head coach Cesar Hernández González (46-Spain) at the open training session. “In week 1, we focused on recovering the players’ physical strength from the cup tournament, and (now) in week 2, we are focusing on offense. In the third week, we’ll play a scrimmage to get a feel for the game.”
It’s been a painful time for the women’s volleyball team.
After the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games quarterfinal myth, veterans such as Kim Yeon-kyung (35, Heungkuk Life) and Yang Hyo-jin (34, Hyundai E&C) retired from the national team, the team naturally underwent a generational change, which has been a painful process.
Since Cesar Hernandez, who assisted his predecessor Stefano Lavarini as a coach, took the helm, the national team has posted a dismal 1-28 record in international competitions. In the FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL), the team has suffered two straight defeats and is in a 27-match losing streak.
There is a chance for redemption. The national team will compete in the Asian Championship, which kicks off in Thailand on March 30, before heading to the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games on October 1. In between, they will travel to Poland for the final qualifier for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Looking ahead to the September-October push, Cesar said, “We will show a different side. We will focus on the Asian Championships first. “The Asian Games are similar to the Asian Championships in terms of the environment,” he said. “There are strong teams in the same group, but we will not give up until the last ball hits the court,” he said of the Olympic final qualifiers. South Korea was drawn in a final qualifying group with Poland, the United States, Italy, and Germany.
“As the head coach of a team, I’m sad that we didn’t get the result,” said Cesar. “We want to win a medal, we want to perform, and we train for that, but I think we have to evaluate the process as well as the result. We will try to be more competitive and win back the hearts of our disappointed fans.” 바카라사이트
Despite the long losing streak, the players were smiling and cheering on the training field, and they didn’t hide their medal aspirations.