“Why did you apply for the Korean league?” “Is there an interpreter for practice?”
There was a time for conversation between coaches who want to select players and players who want to play in the V-League. On the 7th (hereinafter Korean time), KOVO held the 2nd day of the 2023 KOVO men’s foreign player tryout in Turkey, Istanbul. The skills of the players were checked through the second practice game in the morning local time. It was evaluated that the condition was generally better than the previous day, perhaps because the body was relaxed.
In the afternoon, I had a meeting with the directors at the dorm. Seven teams were divided into two groups to ask questions to the players and receive questions from the players again.
When asked how he applied for the Korean league, Keita’s name came up. Amado Raye (26, Senegal, 2m9) and Mad Kaid Jansen (24, Denmark, 2m9) applied on Keita’s recommendation.
Raye said, “While playing with Keita먹튀검증, I heard about the Korean league and watched the video.” Jansen said, “I am Keita’s teammate, and I liked the Korean league. I thought I would grow and do well.”
Matei Kok (27, Slovenia, 1m99) said, “I thought it would help my growth because of the good defense and many tough plays.”
Arpad Barotti (32, Hungary, 2m6), who played for OK Financial Group, KEPCO, and Hyundai Capital, said, “I played in Korea for three years, but the Korean professional system was good, so I tried again.”
Questions continued, such as being selected for the national team or delaying joining the team due to personal reasons, whether there is a title you want to challenge for, and whether it is difficult to play in the league because of your religion.
When the atmosphere seemed stiff, Hyundai Capital coach Choi Tae-woong pointed to Samsung Fire & Marine Manager Kim Sang-woo, whom he was interviewing with, and said, “If you go to that team, you have to hit 1500 times.” He joked, “If you come to our team, you only need to hit 500 times” to soften the atmosphere.
When asked to ask questions to the players, realistic questions emerged. One player even asked, “The schedule of the Korean league is tight. How is the schedule for a week?” In response, Coach Choi said, “Usually, the day after the match, I take a break. Young Korean players do some training, but foreign players respect their style.”
There was also a question about whether there was an interpreter during practice. Coach Shin Young-chul of Woori Card said, “Interpreter helps not only during practice but also in daily life. He even drives,” adding, “It helps the players to focus on training and games.”
Director Choi said, “I hope that the players here will make volleyball the most popular sport in the world.” “If that happens, the scale of volleyball will grow so that Korean volleyball teams will be able to recruit more foreign players,” he said.