Thirty-six years old… ‘Volleyball Empress’ struggling to abdicate

‘Volleyball Empress’ Kim Yeon-kyung ( pictured ) opened her mouth to retirement rumors. “She would be lying if she said she had no intention of retiring at all,” said Kim Yeon-kyung.

Kim Yeon-kyung said at a press conference after leading the 3-0 victory over Pepper Savings Bank on the 15th, saying, “It is true that I have concerns about (retirement), and I will coordinate with the club and tell you.”

Earlier, in a report on the 10th, Kukmin Ilbo reported that Kim Yeon-kyung is also considering putting an end to her career as a player after the 2022-2023 season through a volleyball official. This official said, “Kim Yeon-kyung will become a free agent (FA) after this season, but I know that he started his career as a player at Heungkuk Life Insurance, and thinks that it is honorable to retire when he is at the top as a player.” I know that considering Kim Yeon-kyung’s status and her devoted activities, she is considering opening a retirement tour.” 카지노사이트

In response to a related question on this day, Kim Yeon-kyung said, “It is true that I am 36 years old in Korean age and have played volleyball for a long time.” If he retires, I think he will make a decision under that premise.”

However, he added that “nothing has been decided yet” and left open the possibility of extending his player career. He said, “There are problems to be solved with the club, and thoughts are not clearly organized.” During the season, I will tell you (my course of action),” he said with a laugh.

Meanwhile , foreign media reports came out that director Marcelo Abondanza (Italy, photo ), who had a hot pot meal with Kim Yeon-kyung, could be appointed as Heungkuk Life Insurance’s new command tower. The Turkish Media Volleyball Magazine said on the 16th (Korean time), “The era of Marcelo Abondanza begins at Heungkuk Life Insurance Pink Spiders.” Agreed,” he said.

In this regard, an official from Heungkuk Life Insurance said in a phone call with Kukmin Ilbo, “I have interviewed about six people so far, and Abondanza is only one of them.”

When asked if a foreign coach would be influential as the new command tower, he said, “No,” and “We are looking at several domestic coaches as candidates.” In response to the question, ‘Do you have in mind persuading Kim Yeon-kyung to remain as director?’, “It is not like that. It would be best if Kim Yeon-kyung remained, but the team should prepare for two things: retirement and free agency,” he said. “The emphasis is on rebuilding a prestigious team by teaching young players well.”

In 2013, director Abondanza, who was born in Italy, took the baton of Turkiye Fenerbahce and ate rice with Kim Yeon-kyung. Kim Yeon-kyung played for Fenerbahce from 2011 to 2017 and stood tall as a world-class player. Starting with winning the European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) Cup in the 2013-2014 season with coach Abondanza, he won the Turkiye Cup and the league together.

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