Men’s professional volleyball Korean Air’s national young gun trio Lim Dong-hyuk (24), Jeong Han-yong (22), and Kim Min-jae (20) challenge their team to win the Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship.
Korean Air will participate in the 2023 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship held in Manama, Bahrain, from the 14th to the 21st. This is the first time that a Korean professional men’s team has participated in this event, which is in its 23rd year this year.
A total of 16 teams, including Korean Air, will participate in this tournament, and they will be divided into 4 groups of 4 teams for the group stage. 1st and 2nd place in each group advances to the quarterfinal tournament to determine the winning team. The final will be held on the 21st.
While Han and Kim Kyu-min did 안전놀이터not participate in order to adjust their condition, Korean Air’s main foreign player, Lincoln, did not join. Because of this, the roles of Lim Dong-hyuk, Jeong Han-yong, and Kim Min-jae became important.
So, their determination is even more extraordinary.
Im Dong-hyuk said, “As the ace of the team, I think I have to do it with a sense of responsibility.” .
The tournament, which will be held in Manama, Bahrain, is being prepared by other participating teams by recruiting famous players for a short period of time to boost their strength.
Lim Dong-hyuk said, “It seems that many teams consider this tournament important.”
Jeong Han-yong also said, “This is a great opportunity for us. We want to prepare well and gain a good experience. We will do our best without injury.”
Kim Min-jae said, “It’s been a while since I came out as a Korean representative, and everyone seems to be having fun, and I’m half excited and half excited.”
Meanwhile, many players familiar to V-League fans will participate in this tournament.
Yosbani Hernandez (Cuba), who was called by Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance in the first place in the recently held 2023 men’s foreign player tryout, plays in Al-Ahli, Bahrain. Yosbani came to Bahrain to participate in the tournament right after completing the V-League tryout in Turkiye.
Al-Ahli and Korean Air will face off in the second match of Group A at 7:00 pm on the 15th.
Bayarsaihan (Mongolia), who wore the OK Financial Group uniform in 4th place in the Asia Quarter Tryout held at the end of April, will also play for Mongolia’s Bayanhongor Ground.
Daudi Okello (Uganda), who played for Hyundai Capital and KEPCO, will also wear Indonesia’s Jakarta Bayangkara uniform. Korean Air and Jakarta will meet in the final match of the group stage.
In addition, star players with world-renowned reputation also play. Dmitry Mushalsky (Russia), who plays for Japan’s Suntory Sunbirds, is a representative example.
Despite his height of 218 cm, Mushalski is a player with speed, and is a star player who is considered one of the best middle blockers in the world along with Robert Randy Simon (Cuba), who played for OK Savings Bank (at the time) in the past.
Suntory Birds, which belongs to Group C, is likely to meet Korean Air after the quarterfinals.