Women’s volleyball at risk of falling to the margins… ‘What to do about the Hangzhou Asian Games’

It was me. Cesar ended the tournament with a 7-0 record. With this kind of performance, the question is how they will fare at the Hangzhou Asian Games.

The Korean women’s volleyball team, led by Cesar, lost 0-3 (13-25, 20-25, 23-25) against Slovenia in the final Group C match of the Paris 2024 Olympic Qualification Tournament in Łódź, Poland, on June 24. 

This was the seventh consecutive loss for the Korean team, which also lost to Italy (0-3), Poland (1-3), Germany (2-3), the United States (1-3), Colombia (2-3), and Thailand (0-3), and finished in last place.

Lee Da-hyun (Hyundai E&C) scored a team-high 12 points, but it didn’t translate into a win. Once again, height was an issue. The offense was evenly matched at 38-39, but the blocking was a perfect 2-12.

The Korean women’s team will not be invited back to the Olympic Games for the first time since Beijing 2008.

It’s a shame there hasn’t been a generational change. The team has been on a downward spiral since “Volleyball Empress” Kim Yeon-kyung, middle blocker Kim Soo-ji (Heungkuk Life Insurance) and outside hitter Yang Hyo-jin (Hyundai E&C) returned to Korea. It’s a shame that they don’t have a clear ace.

The team was eliminated in the qualifying round of the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) in June-July last year after losing all 12 matches. They finished last out of 16 teams. They didn’t win a single point. They became the first team since the competition’s inception in 2018 to suffer the ignominy of a ‘lost and drawn’ record.바카라사이트

They are now on the fringes of the Asian Games. With this kind of performance, it will be difficult to expect a good result at the Hangzhou Asian Games. A fifth-place finish at the last Asian Games in Doha in 2006 was their only medal, so the stakes are even higher this time around. A medal after 17 years is not out of the question.

The women’s team will travel directly from Poland to Hangzhou, where they will open their Group C campaign at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games on October 1 against Vietnam.


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