Kim Yeon-kyung’s performance remains the same. His physical condition is also a bit inferior compared to Kim Yeon-kyung in his prime, but he is still top-notch. The empirical part is accumulating.
However, recently, Kim Yeon-kyung’s retirement is becoming official.
In response, Kim Yeon-kyung said in an official interview after winning the 5th round match against GS Caltex held at Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul on the 19th, “In an interview after the last game, a question came out and I said, ‘I am thinking about (retirement)’. The question came out. I answered. I didn’t say it first. Nothing has been decided yet. I’ll tell you once it’s decided.”토토사이트
It drew a line about the atmosphere that made her retirement a fact.
Currently, it is clear that Kim Yeon-kyung is thinking about her retirement as a ‘number of cases’. However, she has not made the final decision to retire. Kim Yeon-kyung’s retirement is up to the player himself to decide. It seems that the final decision will be made after deep discussions with her aides.
She originally planned to discuss with her aides and announce whether or not she would retire and future plans by mid-February, but it was confirmed as a result of the coverage that she postponed it. Mid-February has already passed. It seems that it will take a little more time to decide which decision to make.
Kim Yeon-kyung also showed a smile, saying, “After the talk of retirement came out, I didn’t get as many calls as I thought.”
When Kim Yeon-kyung, who had been in an overseas league, returned to the domestic league and then left for the Chinese league, there was a possibility of ending her career abroad. However, Kim Yeon-kyung returned to the Korean league.
Currently, Kim Yeon-kyung has met the FA (free agent) requirements for the first time in the V-League. Whether he will exercise this also remains a matter of concern.
In this situation, Heungkuk Life Insurance recruited coach Marcello Abondanza, who had been with Kim Yeon-kyung and Fenerbahce in the Turkiye League for four seasons.
Kim Yeon-kyung had many conversations on the 18th and 19th when Abondanza arrived in Korea. Kim Yeon-kyung said, “I talked so much that it made my ears bleed (laughs). It seems like I haven’t seen the coach for the first time in four years. It’s difficult to recruit a world-famous coach during the season. I’m grateful that the front desk of Heungkuk Life Insurance worked so smoothly. I will do well with the new coach for the upcoming season.”
When asked if coach Abondanza, who is scheduled to lead the team until the 2024-2025 season, mentioned that they should be together next season, Kim Yeon-kyung said, “I didn’t say that. I talked about this season.”
Regarding the part where Heungkuk Life Insurance appointed head coach Abondanza, who has made a name for himself in the European league right after Pepper Savings Bank recently appointed Aachen Kim, an American national, Kim Yeon-kyung said, “There are no players who have recently gone abroad. I can learn from the overseas stage. There is a part that can be done. It is a bigger stage. When foreign coaches come to Korea like this, they can learn a lot. I think their thoughts will expand. I’m looking forward to it. It seems to be a challenge for our volleyball as well.”
At the same time, Kim Yeon-kyung emphasized the end of the season once again. Kim Yeon-kyung said, “First of all, the goal is to finish the remaining 7 games well.” Finishing the regular league while maintaining first place,
People around Kim Yeon-kyung are busy. Since last year, we have been moving to establish the Kim Yeon-kyung Foundation, and we are currently working on accelerating it. This is in line with Kim Yeon-gyeong’s will. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes Commissioner challenge is also being pursued. These two movements are not directly related to retirement. The foundation does not make a player’s retirement a prerequisite. The time of establishment can also be adjusted. Athletes’ commissioners do not have any trouble preparing for the next season as the Paris Olympics will be held in July 2024.
Meanwhile, Kim Yeon-kyung told the Korea Volleyball Association that she would contribute to the national team in any form this season. The specific role of Kim Yeon-kyung is being coordinated with the Volleyball Association. He is the aspect that empowers the national team. Kim Yeon-kyung has a special affection for her national team. Last season, he continued to communicate with players and volleyball association officials during the VNL (Volleyball Nations League) and World Championships, giving advice and sending worrying messages.
After the interview, I asked Kim Yeon-kyung, ‘Wouldn’t it be regretful if I ended my career like this?’ Kim Yeon-kyung smiled and replied, “I’ll tell you once it’s decided.” Still, Kim Yeon-kyung herself is contemplating the final decision on her retirement as a player.