South Korea’s volleyball team has come up with a plan to clean up its act after failing at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games.
“We are very sorry for our poor performance in recent international competitions such as the 바카라사이트 Hangzhou Asian Games,” the Korean Volleyball Association said in an apology signed by President Oh Hannam today (Aug. 8), “and we would like to apologize to the public and volleyball fans who supported us.”
The organization also announced that it would part ways with men’s head coach Lim Do-heon and women’s head coach César González, and that it would select new coaches.
“Coach Lim’s tenure ended at the end of the Hangzhou Asian Games, and with (women’s volleyball’s) chances of qualifying for the Paris Olympics now virtually non-existent, we mutually agreed to terminate his contract with César,” the federation explained.
The federation’s men’s and women’s performance commissioners also took responsibility for the poor performance and stepped down.
“We want to paint a new picture to qualify for the 2028 Los Angeles and 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games,” the federation said, “and we will establish and implement a mid- to long-term development plan to help Korean volleyball go through the growing pains and be reborn.”
“We want to humbly accept criticisms and reprimands from all walks of life, reflect on them, and set the direction of the federation,” he said, adding that he will hold a public hearing next month with volleyball experts, journalists, and fans.
“We will work hard to select the best coaches to improve the national team’s performance,” he promised, “and we will spare no effort to support our athletes to perform at their best.”
At the Hangzhou Asian Games, which concludes today, men’s volleyball was denied a medal for the first time in 61 years when it failed to make it to the quarterfinals after struggling against the likes of India and Pakistan before the competition had even officially started.
The men’s and women’s volleyballs shared the first ever “shared gold medal” as women’s volleyball also won a gold medal, 17 years after the 2006 Doha Games and only the second gold medal in Asian Games history.