KOVO Officially Apologizes for Using Practice Balls During Games

The Korean Volleyball Federation (KOVO) apologized for the practice ball being used during the V-League game and promised to prevent a recurrence.

On the 30th, KOVO said, “The practice ball was used in the game during the 3rd set of the 4th round of the 2022-2023 V-League Women’s Division of the Dodram 2022-2023 V-League of IBK Industrial Bank and Pepper Savings Bank held at the Hwaseong Indoor Gymnasium on the 26th.” and education will be strengthened.”

In the V-League, game balls and practice balls are used separately. Before the game, the referee directly checks and manages the air pressure of the game ball, and there is a separate mark on the practice ball to distinguish it from the game ball. However, in the last Hwaseong match, Choi Jung-min (IBK Industrial Bank of Korea) was confirmed to be holding a practice ball in the process of preparing for the serve, and the match proceeded as it was.

According to KOVO, Mars, where the match is in progress, was not aware of the issue. It was confirmed posthumously through TV broadcasts and photos of reporters who visited the scene at the time. KOVO immediately investigated the situation in which the practice ball was put into the game, and it was confirmed that the ball was mixed in the process of preparing for the third set.

At the time, the players should have used a practice ball to warm up, but after asking the ball retriever to use the game ball, the balls were mixed because they did not properly distinguish them. The match between IBK Industrial Bank of Korea and Pepper Savings Bank ended in three sets, so there was no misfortune that additional practice balls were put into the game. 스포츠토토

In December 2019, in the V-League, during the match between OK Financial Group and Korean Air in the men’s division, there was an accident in which the ball of the 2019-2020 season and the ball of the previous season were mixed. At that time, the accident was controversial when Korean Air setter Yoo Kwang-woo, who was preparing to serve during the second set, found a ball of a different color and demanded a replacement. Afterwards, KOVO took responsibility for managing the game district, disciplined the game supervisor, assistant referee, and standby referee, and warned the game operation chairman, game operation office manager, and game operation team leader for negligence in management responsibility.

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