‘Volleyball Empress’ Kim Yeon-kyung (Heungkuk Life) has some words of encouragement and bitterness for her juniors.
“The most important thing for the (Korean women’s volleyball) team right now is to raise the atmosphere,” Kim told reporters after commentating on the women’s volleyball match between Korea and Nepal at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games at the Changchen Campus Gymnasium of Hangzhou Normal University in Hangzhou, China, on Feb. 2. “Yesterday, the team was in a good mood before the match against Vietnam, but (today) I could see that they were not able to overcome something mentally. I hope they can overcome the slump well.” 스포츠토토
Earlier in the day, the Korean women’s volleyball team won the second match of Group C against Nepal 3-0 in straight sets, but dropped the first match to Vietnam 2-3. The loss to the Vietnamese, who were considered a lower-ranked team, lowered Korea’s chances of advancing to the semifinals.
KBS commentator Kim Yeon-kyung was shocked and unable to speak for several seconds during the broadcast of the previous day’s match against Vietnam. “I think we should try to play the things that didn’t go well and prepare for the quarterfinals,” he said, before leaving the stadium with an urgent message for the players.
Kim Yeon-kyung, on the other hand, tried to lift the spirits of her juniors. “Please don’t be too hard on our players,” she told the media, “I think they will be physically tired as they continue to play,” she said. “It’s unfortunate that the national team doesn’t have a clear starting member,” she said, “It would have been nice to have that to improve the players’ condition.”
“I think it’s important to accept the reality rather than talking about bad things,” said Kim Yeon-kyung. “It’s time for us to think about how to create a good environment for the next generation and develop together.”