January 07, 2020 11:38
Korea is set to face Indonesia on Tuesday in the final round of Asian Olympic qualifiers in women's volleyball in Thailand, which runs until this weekend.
In the tournament organized by the Asian Volleyball Confederation, seven Asian countries, divided into two groups, compete to advance to this summer's Tokyo Olympics.
Korea is grouped with Kazakhstan, Indonesia and Iran, while the host country Thailand is grouped with Australia and Chinese Taipei. Only the winner will qualify for the upcoming Olympics.
Korean volleyball star Kim Yeon-koung, who currently plays for Eczacıbaşı VitrA in the Turkish league and arrived there the previous day, showed no signs of weary legs from a 14-hour journey from Jincheon, North Chungcheong Province to the venue in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, and participated in a warm-up session.
"I'm very excited as I have been looking forward to the tournament," Kim said. "But I lost about 4 kg, the lightest I've been in the past eight years. I eat a lot but don't gain weight," she added, suggesting the pressures that she has apparently been unable to resist.
Korea is aiming for its third consecutive Olympic appearance after the 2012 Olympics in London and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
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