Kim Yeon-kyung, the referee who came to Korea against Japan, was angry.
The unclear decision in the Korea-Kenya match in the women’s volleyball group A at the Tokyo Olympics seems to be an issue in Japan as well. He is showing interest, citing that the referee who was in charge of the game is Japanese and that the volleyball empress Kim Yeon-kyung, who played in the Japanese stage, expressed strong dissatisfaction.
Japan’s Tokyo Sports and The Digest said on the 28th, “Korea beat Kenya 3-0 in the second game at Ariake Arena in Tokyo on the 27th. However, in Korea, the Japanese referee has made several decisions to side with Kenya, regardless of the victory.
The most controversial scene came from the third set, when Korea was ahead of the set score 2-0. In the 15-12 lead situation, Yeom Hye-sun took the attack of Sharon Chevdumba Kipprono of Kenya and handed it back to the other side. Cyphrono then quickly retorted.
But the ball missed Kipprono’s hand and went outside the Kenyan camp. The Korean players were pleased to think of it as a goal, but the Japanese referee Sumie Myoi had a different opinion. Kim Yeon-kyung, who was trying to block the ball on the net, declared a touchout.
Then, the Korean players immediately protested. Kim Yeon-kyung, who defended the net, was the first to approach the referee and appeal that it was Korea’s score. The same goes for other players. However, the protests were not accepted and Stefano Lavaridi eventually applied for a video reading.
As a result of the confirmation, the ball hit exactly Kipprono’s hand and went out. There was no contact with Kim Yeon-kyung. But the original verdict was maintained. South Korea, which could not hide its embarrassment, secured a three-set lead and won, but it could not be laughed off because there were a few unclear decisions earlier.
Japanese media outlets say, “In Korea, the referee is Japan, so we are sending suspicions. The Korean media is also developing criticism. It also posted articles from several Korean media.
“South Korea and Japan will play on the 31st. “There is an unusual atmosphere,” he said, signaling a war of nerves in the upcoming Korea-Japan match.
Korea, ranked 14th in the world rankings, and Japan, ranked 5th, will have a match of fate between Korea and Japan at 7:40 p.m. on the 31st. As the team has won one game and lost one game, the victory here is expected to be a bridgehead to advance to the quarterfinals. But the invisible war of nerves has already begun.