Volleyball on the verge of losing face…Changing the mood at the Kobo Cup?
At the end of this month, the professional volleyball cup competition will open in Gumi, Gyeongsangbuk-do.It is aiming to reverse the mood that has subsided due to poor international competition results, such as participating overseas professional teams for the first time in five years.
Each club is in full swing training ahead of the opening of the KOVO Cup on the 29th.
Some clubs have also started intensive off-season training abroad and domestically.
The Korea Volleyball Federation has decided to make various changes from this tournament to revive Korean volleyball, which is more dangerous than ever.
Women’s volleyball, which wrote the legend of the semifinals of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, is on the verge of failing to advance to the Olympics for the first time in 16 years, recording a shocking 27 consecutive losses in the Volleyball Nations League and VNL from two years ago to this year.
The last time men’s volleyball advanced to the Olympic finals was in 2000.
The federation invited foreign professional teams to the tournament for the first time in five years to boost the international competitiveness of domestic players.
Supreme Chonburi, who won the league several times in Thailand, will participate in the women’s division, and Panasonic Panthers, who ranked third in the Japanese V-League last season, will participate in the men’s division.
Thailand’s women’s volleyball is ranked 15th in the world, 20 steps higher than us, and Japan’s men’s volleyball is 26 steps higher than us.
The ball was also suddenly replaced.
In order to match the fine ball sense to the level of international competitions, we decided to change it to Japan’s Mikasa Ball, which is used in the Olympics and VNL competitions.
Unlike “Star Ball,” which has been used in domestic leagues, Mikasa Ball is highly elastic, which induces aggressive volleyball and is considered difficult to receive.
In the regular league, which will be held in October after the cup tournament, Asian quarter players such as Phonpoon, the main setter of the Thai national team, will also join and play, which is expected to be a new stimulus for domestic players.