Controversy over the fairness of Oh Ji-young’s trade, ‘I can’t play in the game of the former team’
In the process of trading professional volleyball women’s women’s professional volleyball Pepper Savings Bank and GS Caltex Libero Oh Ji-young (35) from the national team, it is known that the fact that the former team’s game cannot be played is included, and controversy is brewing. There are high voices of concern that the basic rights of players have been violated.
안전놀이터 This information was known ahead of the 4th round match between the two teams held at Pepper Stadium in Gwangju on the 23rd. Pepper Savings Bank announced Oh Ji-young’s absence and said, “During the trade process, we agreed not to play Oh Ji-young in the remaining games against GS Caltex this season.” On December 27 of last year, Pepper Savings Bank, which had lost 16 consecutive losses after the opening at the time, recruited Oh Ji-young by giving him the right to nominate for the first round of the 2024-2025 season rookie draft. Since then, Oh Ji-young has been put in as a starter all the time.
The provision does not violate the Korean Volleyball Federation (KOVO) regulations. In fact, the two teams submitted a trade agreement to the federation and informed them that there was such a provision. GS Caltex explained that it requested the conditions given the balance of the trade, such as receiving the rookie nomination two seasons later while giving away the main player Libero.
However, among the fans, there are voices concerned about the infringement of the player’s basic rights. One volleyball fan said, “The idea of winning by not allowing a certain player to play is against sportsmanship. It is an act of ridiculing fans who pay money to go to the volleyball court.” In fact, if a specific player’s opportunity to compete is restricted according to an agreement between the clubs, it can adversely affect the player in obtaining free agent (FA) qualifications and competing for individual titles. Moreover, there is a possibility that it will be abused in the process of ranking fights, such as making certain players enter only matches against specific teams during the trade process.
An official from KOVO said, “I sympathize with the awareness that the rights of players may be violated, and we will review the improvement plan with the club.” It is unknown whether Oh Ji-young will be able to compete in the 5th and 6th rounds against GS Caltex.
On this day, Pepper Savings Bank won GS Caltex 3-1 (26-24, 24-26, 25-23, 25-23), breaking the chain of the most consecutive losses (13 consecutive losses) in the women’s division.