Volleyball Star Kim Yeon-koung Ponders Next Move as Chinese Season Ends

  • By Yang Ji-hea

    January 12, 2022 10:39

    Volleyball star Kim Yeon-koung returned to Korea on Monday after wrapping up the Chinese volleyball season with Shanghai Bright Ubest. She is undergoing 10 days of self-quarantine.

    Kim "will take a rest for a while until early next month before deciding on her next move," her agency said.

    Kim Yeon-koung arrives at Incheon International Airport on Monday. /Newsis

    Following Korea's fourth-place finish at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo last year, Kim moved to China and led her team to third place in the Chinese league.

    All eyes are on where she will play next.

    Her chances of playing in the Korean league's current season appear slim as it is already under way, so she will likely have to wait until next season if she wants to play here.

    If she decides to return, she would be required to play one season for her former team Heugkuk Life Pink Spiders in order to qualify as a free agent.

    She may choose to play in Europe or the U.S. The U.S. volleyball league runs for two months from March. Her former Turkish team Fenerbahçe, where she played for six seasons, is reportedly interested in taking her back.

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