‘Hot from the first year’ 亞 Quarter, all 14 men’s and women’s clubs embraced

The Asian Quarter Tryout, introduced for the first time in Korean professional volleyball history, was completed smoothly.

The Korean Volleyball Federation (KOVO) held the 2023 men’s Asian quarter tryout and draft at Jeju Halla Gymnasium and Jeju Sun Hotel from the 25th to the 27th. On the 21st, the women’s division was drafted first, and on the 27th, both men’s and women’s tryouts ended with the selection of the managers of the 7 men’s clubs.

The Asian quota is the first system introduced since the launch of the V-League in 2005. This is to increase the efficiency of the club’s player management and to arouse interest in the league through the participation of players of various nationalities. In addition, profits can be expected through the sale of overseas broadcasting rights in the Asian market, and foreign players attending domestic schools can be given opportunities to continue their careers as domestic players.

The women’s team held a non-face-to-face draft without a separate test in consideration of players who had difficulty participating in practice matches during the tryout period due to national team and club schedules. 23 players from 6 countries applied and knocked on the door of the V-League.

All seven clubs in the women’s division nominated players without exception. IBK Industrial Bank of Korea chose Phonpun Gedpard (30, 173cm), a setter from Thailand who received the first nomination and was considered the biggest fish. The remaining six clubs also nominated players to strengthen their weak positions.

For the men’s division, 24 players from 7 countries applied. On the 25th and 26th, they had their skills checked through two evaluation matches at Jeju Halla Gymnasium, and on the 27th, they gathered together at Jeju Sun Hotel to be selected by 7 men’s clubs.

The coaches and coaching staff of the 7 men’s clubs, who were on the lookout for the first Asian quota player, held several meetings and were careful. An official from the club expressed expectations, saying, “The skills of the players are better than expected.”

The players who met as competitors on the court gritting their teeth to show off their skills. However, when another player made a mistake, he showed a warm side by encouraging him. Off the court, they are not competitors, but have developed into friends who met through volleyball.

The stories of challenging the V-League were also diverse. Among them, the story of Bayarsaihan (25, 197cm) and Eddy (24, 198cm), a middle blocker duo from Mongolia, touched the hearts of the people involved in the field.

The two players came to Korea with the dream of becoming volleyball players in 2017 when they were in high school and entered Suncheon Jeil High School, a prestigious volleyball school. After graduating, Bayarsaihan went to Inha University and Eddy went to Sungkyunkwan University and jumped into the university league, and naturally, the goal of entering the V-League came up.

The two players who tried to challenge the V-League through general naturalization had a moment of frustration as the law related to naturalization changed. It was changed to require a history of paying taxes for more than 5 years, but the two players with no income almost lost the opportunity to challenge the V-League. However, with the introduction of the Asian quota system for the first time, the dream of entering the V-League was recaptured. 크크크벳

In this tryout, the two players showed off their skills to the fullest and captured the hearts of the managers of the seven men’s clubs. Eddy wore the Samsung Fire & Marine uniform with the honor of being nominated in the first place. With Bayarsaihan also being nominated by OK Financial Group in fourth place, it was possible to step on the V-League stage of dreams from the 2023-2024 season.

Ryohei Iga (29, 171cm), a Japanese libero with no professional career, also drew attention. He is working in his country, but he was selected by KEPCO as the second choice and plans to leave the company and move on to the V-League stage.

All remaining clubs also nominated players. As a result, from the next 2023-2024 season, a total of 14 Asian quarter players in men’s and women’s divisions will play in the V-League. It remains to be seen how the Asian Quarter players will perform in the V-League. 

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