Despite the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s recommendation that the ‘provision not to compete against former affiliated teams’ harms player rights and fairness in the league, Oh Ji-young (35, Pepper Savings Bank) did not participate in the GS Caltex match.
Pro Volleyball V-League Women’s Acting Supervisor Lee Kyung-soo of Pepper Savings Bank and GS Caltex Coach Sang-hyeon Cha announced on the 5th that they would not participate in the game according to the terms of the contract regarding whether or not Oh Ji-young as a libero would participate ahead of the match between the two teams at Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul.
Coach Sang-hyun Cha said, “I didn’t talk deeply (with the club),” and said, “I expressed my position that I wanted to focus only on the game to the club. I only said that I had to follow the announcement of the Korea Volleyball Federation (KOVO).” 안전놀이터
“It’s not a situation where I can answer the related announcement,” said acting manager Lee Kyung-soo.
Oh Ji-young was traded to Pepper Savings Bank in December of last year while playing for GS Caltex, and the content of the agreement, which had not been revealed at the time, became known late last month, causing controversy.
GS Caltex, who received the first round nomination for the 2024-2025 season, suggested that Oh Ji-young not be put in the remaining games of both teams this season, saying that the trade balance should be balanced, and Pepper Savings Bank accepted it.
The Korea Volleyball Federation (KOVO), which approved the trade, said, ‘Prohibition against former team matches’
In response, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said that there was a problem with the trade and recommended improvement measures.
KOVO, which was recommended by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, announced that it would find improvements such as revising the rules after the end of this season.
In the end, whether or not Oh Ji-young would participate was in the hands of both clubs. However, it is known that the two clubs could not reach an agreement regarding the participation of Oh Ji-young.
Oh Ji-young cannot play in the remaining games against GS Caltex this season as per the terms of the existing contract. On this day, he will focus only on cheering for the players at the waiting area.
Meanwhile, Choi Eun-ji, an outside hitter for GS Caltex, cannot play today due to a left knee injury.
Coach Sang-hyun Cha said, “Choi Eun-ji was injured during training, and a ligament was ruptured, and it was diagnosed that she would have to focus on treatment for four weeks.”