Korean Air’s third consecutive national championship, Jeong Jeong-seok (28) has returned to the Korean flag after serving a one-year suspension.
The Korea Volleyball Association on Wednesday announced the roster of the 2023 Korean men’s national team, which will compete at the 19th Hangzhou Asian Games and various international competitions this year.
A total of 17 players were selected and have been undergoing intensive training at the Jincheon Athletes’ Village in Chungcheongbuk-do since May 1. The most prominent of these is Jung Jeong-seok, who joins the team after serving a one-year suspension from the Korean Volleyball Association in May last year. In September 2021, Jeong was sued by his ex-girlfriend for dating violence and illegal filming. Through a settlement, the case was finally dropped by prosecutors in October last year. The Korean Volleyball Organization (KOVO) also fined him 5 million won and suspended him for the remainder of the second round.
At the time, the review committee of the Korean Sports Federation received and reviewed a written submission from Jeong Ji-seok and finally decided to exclude the player from the national team’s reinforcement training for one year, taking into account the disciplinary action taken by the KOVO and the team, and the fact that the player was deeply remorseful, but it was not taken lightly that he had seriously undermined the dignity he should have as a national athlete representing the Republic of Korea.
After serving all of his punishment, Jeong is expected to be the starting outside hitter for the upcoming international tournament 안전놀이터.
In addition, Hwang Taek-ui (Armed Forces Athletic Corps) and Kim Myung-kwan (Hyundai Capital) will lead the setters, while Park Kyung-min (Hyundai Capital) and Oh Jae-sung (Woori Card) will be responsible for the libero positions. Along with Jeong, six players were selected as outside hitters, including Na Kyung-bok, Hwang Kyung-min (KB Insurance), Im Sung-jin (KEPCO), Kim Ji-han (Woori Card), and Jeong Jung-yong (Korean Air). Heo Soo-bong (Hyundai Capital) and Lim Dong-hyuk (Korean Air) were selected as outside spikers. Kim Kyu-min (Korean Air), Park Joon-hyuk (Woori Card), Lee Sang-hyun (Woori Card), Kim Jun-woo (Samsung Fire), and Kim Min-jae (Korean Air) joined the middle blockers.
The national team will compete in international men’s volleyball tournaments, starting with the 2023 AVC Challenger Men’s Volleyball Tournament in Taipei, Taiwan, in early July and ending with the 19th Hangzhou Summer Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, in late September.