The Korean men’s volleyball team competing in the Hangzhou Asian Games showed its determination.
The national team led by coach Lim Do-heon boarded a flight to Hangzhou, China through Incheon International Airport on the morning of the 16th.
The final 12 players will advance to the Asian Games. Veteran setter Han Seon-su (Korean Air) wore the Taegeuk symbol for the first time this year, and middle blocker Kim Jun-woo (Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance), the 2022-23 season V-League rookie of the year, was also named to the national team list again.
Existing setter Hwang Taek-ui (Armed Forces Athletic Corps), outside heaters Jeong Ji-seok and Jeong Han-yong (Korean Air), Jeon Gwang-in (Hyundai Capital), Na Gyeong-bok (Ministry of National Defense), middle blockers Kim Gyu-min and Kim Min-jae (Korean Air), and libero Park Gyeong-min (Korean Air). Hyundai Capital), Apogit Lim Dong-hyuk (Korean Air) and Heo Soo-bong (Hyundai Capital) are together.
The ‘eldest brother’ Han was the first to show his determination. He said, “First of all, thank you for calling me to the national team. He wanted to win a gold medal, so we prepared together. There are no seasons in my head. “I’m only thinking about the Asian Games,” he said emphatically.
In addition, “In the Asian Games, we can only win a gold medal if we go out as a team and believe in each other with the thought, ‘We are one team.’ We also talked about this with the players. “I also told them not to think about the season,” he added.
Coach Lim Do-heon is also glad to see Han join the team. Coach Lim said안전놀이터, “The team is comprised mainly of young players. There is a need to overcome difficult times, and I am looking forward to that. “One player came in and we also focused on combination play training,” he said.
Korea won gold medals in succession at the 2002 Busan and 2006 Doha Games. He took on the challenge of winning for the fourth time in his career. After ranking 5th in 1962, Korea has consistently ranked in the top 3 since the 1966 competition. We have won medals 14 times in a row.
Coach Lim said, “This is the last competition for the men’s volleyball team this year. “Everyone talked about doing our best.”
Coach Lim also emphasized teamwork. He said, “Players who are good at volleyball have gathered together. What is important is how well teamwork works. “There are some areas where we are inferior, but we must overcome them through teamwork.”
Korea will compete with India and Cambodia in Group C of the group stage of this tournament. The forces are formidable, including China in Group A, Iran in Group B, Taiwan and Pakistan in Group D, Qatar in Group E, and Japan and Indonesia in Group F.
Coach Lim said, “India is also a team with its own resilience and organizational skills. “Cambodia also analyzed the game, and I think we need to watch the three naturalized players,” he said. “There are many teams to be wary of. There is a high possibility that they will face Taiwan and Pakistan in the round of 12. Japan, China, Iran, Qatar, etc. are doing well. “In particular, Qatar is considered an obstacle for this year’s competition,” he analyzed.
Not surprisingly, Korea is currently ranked 27th in the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) world rankings. In Asia, it ranks 4th after Japan (5th), Iran (11th), and Qatar (17th). China (29th), Australia (35th), Taiwan (43rd), Pakistan, and Indonesia have jumped to 51st and 57th.
Lim Do-heon-ho is on the hunt for a medal for the 15th consecutive Asian Games.