The coach and ace of the Korean badminton team unanimously pledged to restore honor at the Hangzhou Asian Games.
At the Korea Badminton Association-Yonex sponsorship agreement ceremony held at the Olympic Parktel in Songpa-gu, Seoul on the 8th, national team coach Kim Hak-gyun (52) said, “It is our job to avenge the 208 no-medal humiliation. We will thoroughly prepare to regain the glory of badminton.” said.
Korean badminton suffered a ‘no medal’ humiliation in 40 years after the 1978 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang in Jakarta and 메이저사이트Palembang in 2018.
Coach Kim, who took the new baton in November last year, is in charge of leading the national team until October of next year, and is in charge of the 2023 Hangzhou Asian Games and the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Coach Kim said in an interview that day, “As the Asian Games were postponed last year, the preparation period was less than 10 months, but with the Asian Games as a foreground, we will achieve good results at the Olympics.” He presented a specific goal to win at least one bronze medal in doubles (two) and mixed doubles (one).
National team women’s singles ace Ahn Se-young, who attended the signing ceremony, pledged, “It is my job as a player to do my best. I will repay you with good results.”
Ahn Se-young is starting a hopeful 2023 by winning two consecutive gold medals following the season’s first silver medal at an international competition in which she recently participated. He said, “I returned to Korea on the 31st of last month and went straight to the Jincheon National Training Center. After focusing on recovering from fatigue and managing injuries, I started training at dawn again this week.”
Meanwhile, the association signed an official sponsorship agreement with Yonex on the same day. Yonex provides supplies and uniforms to the Korean national team for four years from April this year to March 2027, and sponsors various performance projects of the Korea Badminton Association.
From January 2019 to December 2022, we will support badminton in Korea for four more years.
“The association and Yonex overcame the difficult times of the new coronavirus infection (Corona 19) and shared honors such as winning the bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, winning the Uber Cup in 2022, and winning the mixed team event at the World Junior Badminton Championships,” said Kim Taek-gyu, president of the association. “Through this contract renewal, we will strive to strengthen the national team’s competitiveness and discover and nurture promising players,” he said.
Cheol-Woong Kim, CEO of Yonex Korea, said, “I am very happy to be part of the revival of the national team. I hope that the glory of winning the gold medal will be reproduced at the Paris Olympics in 2024.”