The women’s volleyball IBK Industrial Bank of Korea, which is experiencing severe internal conflict within the team, is arguing outside the stadium as well.
The Korea Volleyball Federation said today (23rd), “As a result of a comprehensive review of the official documents submitted and received by IBK, the data requested by the players in writing was not included.” We decided to do so and rejected the official notice,” he said.
IBK announced on the club’s SNS yesterday afternoon, “We have decided to voluntarily terminate the team according to the KOVO regulations regarding Cho Song-hwa, who left the team without permission.”
In fact, IBK requested KOVO to voluntarily terminate Songhwa in the afternoon of yesterday.
However, KOVO ordered ‘document supplementation’ after reviewing the documents submitted by IBK on the 23rd.
IBK wrote on its SNS that “the decision was made to terminate voluntarily in accordance with the KOVO voluntary termination regulations,” which proved that the club did not understand the new regulations.
In June, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism revised the rules regarding voluntary termination while introducing a standard contract with the goal of enhancing the rights and interests of players.
At that time, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism emphasized, “In order for a voluntary cancellation, a voluntary application in writing by the athlete must precede.”
KOVO also accepted the recommendation of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and revised the relevant regulations (Article 52) on September 16, saying, “If an athlete wishes to terminate the contract voluntarily during the contract period, he or she may apply for voluntary termination in writing to the club. You must notify the Federation of the application for voluntary termination, and after the governor confirms the club’s consent to this, if a player is announced as a voluntary termination player, he will become a voluntary termination player.”
However, IBK did not submit the ‘voluntary application for athletes’, which was considered the most important in the revised regulations.
Prior to the revision of the regulations, the voluntary cancellation procedure was relatively simple.
After the club submits the documents, the federation or association calls the player to confirm ‘consent’.
However, the rules have changed, and KOVO has informed each club that ‘a player’s voluntary application is the most important when requesting a voluntary termination’.
The IBK front desk, whose staff was constantly twisted, did not understand this.
An IBK club official said, “We did not receive a written application, but the player verbally said, ‘I want to stop exercising’.
Looking at public opinion, I only thought that the voluntary termination should be hastened, but I was insensitive to the normal procedure.
Recently, unexplainable things are happening one after another at the IBK club.
Starting setter Jo Song-hwa left the team twice in protest against the training method and game management with former coach Seo Nam-won.
When Song-Hwa Cho left the team for the second time, coach Sani Kim also left the team.
Coach Sani Kim returned with the persuasion of the club.
In a typical club or company, it is highly likely that coach Sani Kim was disciplined for leaving without permission.
However, IBK fired former manager Seo Nam-won and said, “I have refused to resign from coach Kim Sani and asked him to work hard for the normalization of the team.”
Coach Sani Kim, who broke the order, became the acting coach as soon as he returned.
The club explained, “I do not work as an acting manager for the rest of the season. Until a new manager is selected, coach Kim Sani who knows the team well will lead.”
However, as rumors that ‘Sani Kim, who has gained the support of veteran players, will be promoted to acting coach,’ came true, the intention of the IBK front desk was also questioned.
(Photo = Industrial Bank of Korea volleyball team, provided by Korea Volleyball Federation (KOVO), Yonhap News)