The Korean men’s volleyball team struggled against underdog teams at the Asian Championships and finished fifth. Experts are pointing out that structural problems, such as a delayed generational change due to failure in player development, are significant. The 22nd Asian Men’s Volleyball Championship ended on the 27th (Korean time) with Japan as the final winner. Korea, led by coach Lim Do-heon, defeated Taiwan in the 5th and 6th place match the day before and finished the tournament in 5th place.
Korea (ranked 26th) has won three championships in its career and has never fallen below third place since participating in the tournament in 1975 until 2013, but it is evaluated that it has recently lost its status. Korea struggled against Bangladesh (69th), Pakistan (49th), and Indonesia (60th), which were regarded as relatively underdogs, and eventually lost to China (29th) in the semifinals, 1-3, and failed to advance to the semifinals.
It was as disappointing in terms of performance as in the results. Mistakes were frequent and the breathing between the setter and striker was unstable. Choi Cheon-sik, SBS sports commentator and head of the Korea Volleyball Association’s Performance Improvement Committee, also cited the anxious toss of the main setters as the most frustrating part. Commissioner Choi said, “Since the toss was raised only at high RBIs, the spike course hit by the striker was limited. In the end, if the opponent’s blocker was marking that part, I couldn’t move.”
Before the tournament, the team was reorganized with young players in their 20s, but it was not enough to boost their international competitiveness. 토토사이트 Commissioner Choi said, “We need to reorganize from the root,” and “we need to increase the entry quota and activate the second team stage to guarantee new players a chance to participate.” However, it is not easy to break through the congestion phenomenon at present. This is because clubs that have not been able to find replacements for high-paying senior players spend the cost of discovering new players on a higher salary cap, and the circulation is not working well. It is difficult to expect good results at the Hangzhou Asian Games next month if he does not show a changed appearance. The national team will return to Korea on the 28th and go through a domestic call-up training period, and then play the first group stage in Group C against India for the Asian Games on the 20th of next month.