The twin sisters Lee Jae-young and Da-young Lee, who became the starting point of the controversy over school violence that struck the professional volleyball world, were deprived of their national qualifications indefinitely. The team in question imposed severe punishment for suspension of business indefinitely.
The Korean Volleyball Association decided on the 15th to exclude them from the national team indefinitely. With the women’s volleyball team nearing the finals of the Tokyo Olympics, the two players are also playing key roles in the national team as the starting left and setters. An official from the association explained, “In the selection of national representatives, the school violence perpetrators were excluded indefinitely.”
Earlier, their team, Heungkuk Life Insurance, also said, “Lee Jae-young and Lee Da-young admitted that there was school violence in junior high school and apologized.” The team added, “I apologize and feel deeply responsible for causing disappointment to all those who love volleyball with this incident. Despite the volleyball association’s and the club’s disciplinary policy, criticism and controversy over abusive violence are intensifying.
In this regard, President Moon Jae-in instructed Hwang-hee, the new Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, to make special efforts to eradicate irregularities in the field of sports such as violence. President Moon said, “The sports field has instilled a lot of pride in the people, but in the shadows, sports human rights issues such as violence, corporal punishment, and sexual harassment have been raised.
This is not the first time President Moon has expressed his will to respond thoroughly to the absurdity of the sports world. In January 2019, when the female short track player Shim Seok-hee revealed the sexual assault damage, President Moon said in a meeting of the chief and aides, “It is necessary to thoroughly investigate to the extent that it is not only revealed, but also to the extent that it is possible, and severe punishment must be carried out.”
Reporters Pilwoong Seo and Dohyeong Lee [email protected]
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