It’s not enough even if we stick together to prepare for VNL… Absence of a director, is it okay?
On the 16th, Korea Women’s Volleyball National Team Media Day was held at the Jincheon National Training Center in Chungcheongbuk-do. Coach Han Yu-mi, who is leading her national team training, emphasized the positive side ahead of the 2023 International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Volleyball Nations League (VNL), which will be held from the 30th, but in the absence of her command tower, the difficult questions to answer from her position I had to sweat. When asked by reporters about her, coach Han said, “I haven’t met the coach yet, so I don’t know all of her tactics or strategies. She listens to what the coach wants from the players, and trains according to that part,” she said. He also said, “In the absence of the coach, Kim Yeon-kyung, an advisor, helps me with global volleyball trends and how foreign coaches train.”
This is where the lack of supervisory leadership is felt. Kim Yeon-gyeong, who joined as an advisor as well as coach Han who is leading the national team training, has rich national team experience as a player, but is a ‘beginner’ as a leader. Even since neither of them were in the national team last year, it is difficult to understand the team and players thoroughly.
Naturally, there are concerns about the vacancy of the national team manager’s position. The current national team is led by Cesar Gonzalez. He took over the helm from 2021 as a successor to coach Stefano Lavarini, who led the team to the semifinals of the Tokyo Olympics. Since then, the Gonzalez has been struggling. It is because of the power vacuum 안전놀이터 in the national team, with key players such as Kim Yeon-kyung, Kim Su-ji (above Heungkuk Life Insurance), and Yang Hyo-jin (Hyundai E&C) retiring after the Olympics. The national team, which entered into a generational change, had the disgrace of being at the bottom of the qualifying round for the first time since the start of the tournament at VNL last year.
In the crisis situation of Korean women’s volleyball, where international competitiveness has fallen significantly, 2023 must pass well in order to stand on the stage for the finals of next year’s Paris Olympics. Women’s volleyball will continue to hold major international competitions such as the Asian Women’s Volleyball Championships, Paris Olympic World Qualifiers, and Hangzhou Asian Games from September after VNL.
However, in the national team training so far, coach Gonzalez has been unable to work with the team due to the schedule of his team, Vakifbank (Turkiye), where he is the head coach. He joins from Turkiye Antalya, where training is scheduled ahead of the first schedule of the VNL. Although coach Gonzalez shares training content with the coaching staff through live video and video, there are bound to be limitations.