Korean men’s volleyball begins its challenge for the gold medal at the 19th Hangzhou Asian Games.
The men’s national team, led by coach Lim Do-heon, will play the first match of the Group C match against India at the Linping Sports Center Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China, at 8 p.m. on the 20th (Korean time).
Men’s volleyball and soccer competitions begin three days before the official opening date, raising the mood for the Asian Games, the largest festival on the Asian continent메이저사이트.
In the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) world rankings, Korea ranks 27th and India ranks 73rd.
If they defeat India, Korea will go into the second group match against Cambodia on the 21st with a light heart.
In the Asian Games men’s volleyball, 19 teams will participate in the group stage and be divided into 6 groups, with the 1st and 2nd place winners from each group advancing to the round of 12 tournament.
After Coach Lim took charge of the national team, Korea attempted to become the best in Asia through a generational change, but failed to achieve its goal.
Last year, he ranked 3rd in the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Challenger Cup held in Seoul, his hometown, and 4th in the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Cup in the same year.
He finished 3rd in this year’s AVC Challenge Cup and 5th in last month’s Asian Championships.
These Asian Games are by no means easy as it is difficult to advance to the finals even on the Asian stage.
Among Asian countries, Korea must advance to the semifinals of Japan (5th), Iran (11th), Qatar (17th), which have the highest FIVB rankings, and the home team’s China (29th) to achieve its goal of winning the gold medal.
If Korea takes first place in Group C, it will face the second place team in Group D, where Taiwan, Pakistan, and Mongolia clash, in the first round of the round of 12 tournament.
If they win this game, they will face a fateful match against Japan, which is likely to be ranked first in Group F, for a spot in the semifinals.
Coach Lim added a unique color to the national team with his unconventional tactic of using Lim Dong-hyuk, who plays as an aposite spiker for his team, Korean Air, as a middle blocker. He also developed Heo Soo-bong (Hyundai Capital) into the national team’s best striker.
In order to make up for the failure at the Asian Championships at the Asian Games, Coach Lim selected the best setter in Korean professional volleyball, Han Seon-su (Korean Air), as his representative and entrusted him with the important responsibility of ‘court command tower’.
Korea’s men’s volleyball team has won a total of three times since winning the Asian Games gold medal for the first time in 1978 in Bangkok.
They reached their peak by winning two consecutive championships in Busan in 2002 and Doha in 2006, and won a silver medal at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games after being blocked by Iran.
According to MyInfo, the information site of the Hangzhou Organizing Committee, Iran is aiming for its third consecutive victory in the competition, following the 2014 Incheon and 2018 Jakarta-Palembang competitions.
Iran’s biggest rival is Japan, which has won eight gold medals, the most ever. Japan defeated Iran to win the Asian Championships last month, giving them the green light to regain the top spot for the first time in 13 years since the 2010 Guangzhou Games.
Korea won medals 14 times, with 3 gold, 7 silver, and 4 bronze medals.