Coach Kim Chan-ho, who led college volleyball to a ‘championship’ despite a ‘slump’ in men’s and women’s adult volleyball 

“There are many things that need to be structurally changed.”

Currently, Korean volleyball, including the men’s and women’s national teams, is losing international competitiveness. Except for the 2023 International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) World Men’s Youth Volleyball Championship, which was held last month, there were no notable achievements except that the under-19 national team ranked third for the first time in 30 years. Even on the Asian stage, it was pushed to the periphery.스포츠토토

Amid the recession, the international university volleyball team led by coach Kim Chan-ho won the 2023 Mungyeong Bun Patty Bun International University Volleyball Tournament held at the Armed Forces Athletic Corps in Mungyeong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do for five days from the 26th to the 31st of last month.

Coach Kim said, “The supply of middle and high school players is decreasing. Only by being systematically equipped can you advance to the level of college or professional level. Japan’s pool itself is larger than ours, but they also have a scouting system to continuously discover players. “There are many things that need to be changed structurally,” he said.

This competition was held with the purpose of providing a venue for international exchange. As of 2016, four countries participated. This time, the number of participating teams increased and 8 countries came to Korea. The eight participating countries are Korea, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, China, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Korea formed a team of 5 professional players and 9 college players, excluding Inha University, Joongbu University, and Sungkyunkwan University, which had overlapping semester start times. In fact, Korea lost in a practice match to Ninh Binh Lien Viet Postbank (Vietnam), a professional team that had won the national league for two consecutive seasons, but went on to win Japan, China, and Thailand, which were in Group A on the main stage, and advanced to the semifinals as first place in the group. climbed to

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In the semifinals, they defeated England 3-0, and in the finals they met again and defeated Vietnam with a shutout to rise to the top of the competition.

Director Kim said, “I am satisfied. What was difficult for his players was understanding the attacks and toss forms of foreign players. The motion itself is completely different from ours. At first, I couldn’t get used to the timing, etc. He gradually began to adapt, and as a result, he was able to demonstrate his skills to 100%.”

The player who caught the eye in this tournament was Cho Jin-seok (Kyung Hee University), the ‘tallest’ middle blocker at 216 cm. At 216cm, he is the tallest player in Korean volleyball history. Coach Kim said, “Although his pitching skills are short, he is a player with excellent volleyball sense. His only drawback is that he does not have strength, so his body does not move as he wants. He said, “I was only known for my height until now, but I think I showed about 50% of it in this competition,” and expressed confidence, “If I build my body properly and manage it, I can become a really good player.”

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