The professional volleyball V-League, which has grown into the most popular winter sport in Korea, was engulfed in a big uproar after the past history of school violence of the twin sisters Lee Jae-young and Da-young Lee (Heungkuk Life) was exposed to an online community on the 10th. It’s a big accident that really took the league’s fortune. At the age of 25, Lee Jae-young is a star who has already become the best player (MVP) in the V-League women’s division twice in the regular season, and Lee Da-young was also the most popular setter. This was followed by further disclosures of sisters Lee Jae-young and Da-young Lee, along with the disclosure of school violence by the male men’s Song Myung-geun (28) and Shim Gyeong-seop (30, above OK Financial Group). Indeed, the case has been expanded to a’one wave’.
Eventually, the twin sisters who triggered the ‘professional volleyball school violence incident’ were disciplined by their team and national team within five days. Heungkuk Life Insurance decided to suspend their participation indefinitely on the 15th, and on the same day, the Korean Volleyball Association, which oversees the national team, decided to exclude them from the selection of the national team indefinitely. It’s a difficult decision for both the team and the national team. Lee Jae-young and Lee Da-young are the main strikers and setters of Heungkuk Life Insurance, who are aiming to win the 2020-2021 season, and are key players in the national team as well.
The Volleyball Association also canceled the “greatest parental ideal” awarded to Kim last year for raising the sisters when it was revealed that there was inappropriate influence of the former national setter Kim Kyung-hee in the course of their school violence. It means that even the mother who used to be a player along with her sisters was dishonored.
Earlier, OK Savings Bank also punished itself by accepting the controversial Song Myung-geun and Shim Gyeong-seop when they declared that they would not compete in the remaining games this season. Since OK Savings Bank is also aiming to advance to the playoffs this season, power loss is inevitable. Fans’ gaze toward this incident was so cold that they had to make a decision to endure a huge power loss with the playoffs and the Olympics in front of them.
But still, the anger has not gone away. Immediately, among fans, there is a strong voice that Lee Jae-young and Da-young Lee’s business trip will be suspended because there is no time limit. The club said, “The disciplinary period may be one year or two years until the victim accepts the apology.” The disciplinary action was not to avoid the immediate controversy, but the fans did not raise doubts. I’m not doing it.
This is a testament to the fact that the domestic sports community has not given faith to the fans in terms of violence. Right now, in professional baseball, Ahn Woo-jin, pitcher Kiwoom in 2018, was controversial by only disciplining the club’s own disciplinary action that the school was suspended for 50 games. Even at the time, this decision received a lot of criticism from fans, saying that it was’a punishment with a cotton bat.’ Last year, the NC made a commotion of appointing pitcher Kim Yoo-seong, who is suspected of school violence, and withdrawing it.
In professional volleyball, this is the first case involving school violence, but a delay in response has raised controversy. Immediately after the disclosure, the players admitted and even posted an apology on the Social Network Service (SNS), but official discipline was postponed until a considerable amount of time elapsed, and even when the club was in a “disciplinary condition that the player could accept, He showed a comfortable attitude, saying, “I have to get down”. The perception that the club prioritizes the protection of the team’s asset, the player, rather than comforting the victim’s pain, quickly became in the minds of fans.
In the end, additional efforts are essential to gain the trust of fans. There is a strong voice that not only the volleyball world but also the sports world should set a precedent for eradicating violence and institutionalize countermeasures. Right now, President Moon Jae-in awarded the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hwang-hee a letter of appointment on the 15th and ordered measures to eradicate violence in the sports field. On the 16th, the Korea Volleyball Federation (KOVO), which oversees the V-League, will discuss measures such as the establishment of sanctions related to school violence. At this meeting, it is noted that not only new regulations but also fundamental measures to eradicate volleyball violence will come out.
Dong-ho Choi, head of the Sports Culture Research Institute, said, “Although it has not been trusted by fans, it is true that this discipline suffered a great loss from the perspective of the volleyball world.” However, the problem of school violence is not a minor deviation, but fits the overall sports culture. The problem is being touched.” He analyzed that “not only the volleyball world, but also the whole sports world must improve the overall culture, such as matchmakingism and camp practices, in order to extract the roots of violence from the root.”
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