‘Volleyball Empress’ hints at retirement… Are we ready to let go of ‘GOAT’?

‘Volleyball Empress’ Kim Yeon-kyung (35) hinted at an eternal separation. Are we ready to let go of Kim Yeon-kyung, who will be praised as the ‘GOAT (Greatest Of All Time)’ in the Korean volleyball world?

Kim Yeon-kyung made remarks hinting at her retirement after the match against Pepper Savings Bank in the women’s division of the ‘2022-2023 Dodram V League’ held at Samsan World Gymnasium in Incheon on the 15th. Recently, her explanation was made in a situation where rumors of her retirement were circulating, but one word of her Kim Yeon-kyung caused a huge wave.

Kim Yeon-kyung said, “It would be a lie if I said I had no idea at all. It is true that she has concerns and she is talking to the club,” she said. Currently, Kim Yeon-kyung is 35 years old, and she is 36 years old in Korean age. Perhaps it is natural for her to worry about her retirement.

But she, Kim Yeon-kyung, is still the best. In 2005, she made her professional stage debut at Heungkuk Life Insurance, then went through Japan, Turkey and China. She has never been less than the best. This is currently in progress. She leads her team, Heungkuk Life Insurance, to her leading position. She broke down the Hyundai E&C solo system.

Even in the match against Pepper Savings Bank, she scored 19 points, the most in the team, and recorded a high-purity attack success rate of 63.3%. Although she has entered the twilight years of her career, she is still the center of the team’s offense and defense. It is hard to find an outside hitter in Korea who can match Kim Yeon-kyung’s attack power and her defensive receiving basics. Even if her new players ran with her spirit, her experience and status of Kim Yeon-kyung were still a wall that could not be crossed.

However, considering the name and presence of Kim Yeon-kyung, it is difficult to accept the words retirement and separation. Kim Yeon-kyung is contemplating both her own ideal and realistic situation. She can’t help but ponder.

“She is 36 years old in Korean age, and it is true that she has been playing volleyball for a long time. Since she used to be in the highest position, she thought she might as well put down her seat. If she does retire, she will make that decision,” she explained.

She first opened her mouth to the spread of rumors of her retirement, and she emphasized that she had not yet decided whether or not to retire.

If Kim Yeon-kyung leaves, her V-League will also have a red light on box office success. Along with her skills, the ticket power of ‘Sister Yeongyeong’ is alive. She showed off her sense of entertainment and showmanship through various video platforms. She even played her role as her ‘opinion leader’ by clearly stating her own convictions above all else. The influence of her actions and her words on the Korean volleyball world was enormous.

Korean volleyball now needs to prepare to let these players go. Even if it’s not this year right now, that time will come sooner or later in a year or two. However, Korean volleyball has yet to find a successor or replacement for Kim Yeon-kyung. It is the same in the national team as well as in the V-League. 스포츠토토

Is the Korean volleyball world ready to let Kim Yeon-kyung go?

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