Championships, eventually recalls 3 AG medalists
Han named to 12-man squad for Hangzhou Asian Games
Bronze medal at the 2010 and 2014 Games Silver medal in 2018
Han (38-Korean Air) is back to save South Korean men’s volleyball from the brink. The three-time Asian Games medalist is poised to lead Korea’s volleyball revival in Hangzhou.
Men’s volleyball head coach Lim Do-heon included Han in the 12-player roster for the men’s volleyball team at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games, 섯다 which was announced on March 30.
Han, one of the best setters in South Korean volleyball, has been recalled after missing the squad due to an unstable knee condition and a generational shift.
Without Han, the men’s volleyball team struggled in the tournament. South Korea finished third at the 2023 Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Challenge Cup for mid-tier Asian nations in July, losing to Bahrain in the semifinals. This ended their return to the FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL) after a six-year absence. 온라인섯다 South Korea also tried to win the title at the Asian Volleyball Championship last month, but lost to China in the quarterfinals and finished fifth.
Head coach Lim Do-heon announced a generational change by giving 27-year-old Hwang Taek-ui the captaincy and starting setter instead of Han, but it didn’t work. South Korea received a passing grade for their power with Hsu Bong, but they lacked the experience to win the game at crucial moments.
Lim had no choice but to call up Han again. With the Hangzhou Asian Games coming up this month, he could no longer save Han’s card. “For the Asian Games, we need results, so we need to fill in the gaps,” Lim said in an interview at the Jincheon National Training Center in June.
Han is arguably the best setter in professional volleyball’s V-League men’s division. Despite being in his mid-30s, Han’s tossing and game management skills dominate younger setters, leading his team Korean Air to the overall title for three consecutive seasons. Hwang Taek-ui surpassed Han as the top setter for three consecutive seasons starting in 2020-2021, but Han still holds the title as the best setter in the V-League.
Han has also been strong in international competition. At the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, 카지노사이트랭크 she played as a backup to current KEPCO coach Kwon Young-min and helped the team win a bronze medal. At the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, he captained the team to a bronze medal. At the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta-Palembang, he made it all the way to the final before losing to Iran for the silver medal.
It shouldn’t be hard for Han to fit in with the national team. Han has a long history of working with the current Korean Air players, who are the mainstay of the national team. Outside hitters Jung Jeong-seok and Kwak Seung-seok, outside hitter Im Dong-hyuk, and middle blockers Kim Kyu-min and Kim Min-jae all hit the ball for Korean Air.
The concern is Han’s knee. Han played through a knee injury this spring on her way to her third consecutive overall title. After focusing on rehabilitation, he was only able to step on the court last month at the Cobo Cup 2023. Han expressed his desire to play for the national team after being named the men’s regular season MVP in April. At the time, Han said, “I’m always willing to play (for the national team) if they need me. Until my body is exhausted,” but added, “I have to check my physical condition. My knee is pretty bad. I want to help as much as I can,” he said.
The men’s volleyball team has been training at the Jincheon Athletes’ Village since March 31. The team is scheduled to travel to Hangzhou for the final match on Sept. 16.
South Korea is in Group C with India and Cambodia in the men’s volleyball event at the Asian Games. The Korean men’s volleyball team will begin their hunt for Asian Games gold against India on Aug. 20 and Cambodia on 고스톱 Aug. 21. South Korea’s men’s volleyball team will be looking to win gold at the Asian Games for the first time in 17 years since the 2006 Doha Games.