Kim Yeon-kyung wore the Taegeuk mark after a long time. With the title of ‘National Team Advisor’, not a player.
The Korean women’s volleyball team, led by head coach Cesar Hernandez Gonzalez, was convened at the Jincheon National Training Center on the 24th. Korea is about to compete in the 2023 Volleyball Nations League (VNL).
In this national team, head coach Han Yu-mi, trainer Lee Jun-hyeon, and trainer Jung Tae-hyeon work together with the players. Foreign staff, including coach Cesar, will join as soon as each team’s schedule is over.
A superstar named Kim Yeon-kyung adds strength to the national team this time. Kim Yeon-kyung, who announced her retirement from the national team after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, wore the Taegeuk mark in two years.
This time, the title of advisor, not player, is given. The Korea Volleyball Association said, “Adviser Kim Yeon-kyung serves as an advisor and support for the overall national volleyball team, such as mentoring national players and supporting work for coaches and support personnel. She also said that with the cooperation of her team, Heungkuk Life Insurance, she will partially participate in the training and dispatch schedule of the women’s volleyball national team.”
Advisor Kim Yeon-kyung said, “I came to the Jincheon National Training Center on the morning of the 24th, and I felt a lot of excitement from the previous time. It was fun to see the players. It’s been a long time since I’ve joined and it’s an honor to wear a Taegeukgi and play together.”
After the retirement of the glorious generation that led Korean women’s volleyball, such as Kim Yeon-kyung, Kim Su-ji (Lee Sang-heungkuk Life Insurance), and Yang Hyo-jin (Hyundai E&C), Korea walked the path of decline. It stayed at the bottom of the 2022 VNL with all losses, and won only one win in the world championship. 메이저놀이터
Kim Yeon-kyung said, “I have to play a middle role between the players and the coaching staff. You need to help with various communication or the direction you need to go. I don’t know if my role is big, but I will help a lot.”
Next, Kim Yeon-kyung said, “The schedule for this national team is long. We need a lot of support from our fans. Our players will work hard,” she said, reaffirming her determination.
On the other hand, KBSN Sports commentator Han Yu-mi, who joined Cesar as head coach, said, “In the case of last year, it was my first time with Cesar, and there was difficulty in settling down after the generation change. There is hope that this time will be better than last year. The players we wanted came in. I think the players will do well on their own. We will try to maintain a better atmosphere than last year.”
At the same time, coach Han Yu-mi said, “I will try to produce good results. It’s an honor to be able to have a good experience. She knows that fans care about women’s volleyball. I will do my best,” he added.