The Korean baseball team won the gold medal at the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games in 2018 and won three consecutive championships. However, while the opposing countries sent amateur players, Korea even suspended the KBO league and formed a professional all-star team, and the voice of “deserved gold medal” was high. In addition to the player selection controversy, it was also a team that became more topical outside of the gold medal result.메이저사이트
The KBO made a decision as soon as the tournament was over. “From the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, it was decided not to suspend the KBO league regular season for the Asian Games,” KBO said. “We decided to do our best so that both professional and amateur baseball can give hope to the people while newly enacting it to brighten the future of Korean baseball.”
Just as soccer sends out the U-23 national team, it was at this time that baseball also came up with a plan to select players with restrictions on age and professional years in the Asian Games.
And finally, the final entry for the baseball team to go to the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games was announced on the 9th. The KBO said, “The Hangzhou Asian Games national team selected players under the age of 25 or under 4 years of service among KBO League players with the intention of actively fostering players who will become the main players of the national team in international competitions for the next several years. We selected three players from under the age of 29.”
A total of 24 players boarded the final entry for Ryu Joong-il. Among them, 21 players were under the age of 25 or under the age of 4 years, and the wild card also included three players under the age of 29 (Park Se-woong, Koo Chang-mo, Choi Won-joon).
Even though the KBO was able to form an entry with top professional players, it chose to form a ‘nurturing national team’ on its own. Again, the opponents will have amateur players, so the goal is, of course, the gold medal. The composition of the players has become younger and the experience level of the national team has decreased, but the eyes are still set on the gold medal.
There is a risk, but if you get the desired result, it leads to a ‘jackpot’. Of the final 24 players, only 19 players have not completed military service. Jihoon Choi (SSG), Bokyung Moon, Wooyoung Jung (LG), Changmo Koo, Juwon Kim (NC), Kyunan Na, Sewoong Park (Lotte), Bin Kwak (Doosan), Uiri Lee, Jimin Choi (KIA), Jichan Kim, Taein Won (Lee Sang) Samsung), Kim Dong-hun, Kim Hye-seong (Lee Sang Kiwoom), Kang Baek-ho, Park Young-hyeon (KT), Noh Si-hwan, Moon Dong-ju (Lee Sang Hanwha), and Jang Hyun-seok (Masan Yongma High School).
In the past, Korean baseball achieved a gold medal legend at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and 14 players, including Ryu Hyun-jin, Lee Dae-ho, Kim Gwang-hyun, Yoon Seok-min, Kim Hyun-soo, Jeong Geun-woo, Kang Min-ho, Lee Yong-gyu, Song Seung-jun, Lee Taek-geun, Jang Won-sam, Kwon Hyuk, Ko Young-min, and Han Ki-joo, received military service benefits. This led to an all-time renaissance in the KBO League. Therefore, from the perspective of the KBO League, which is desperate for the birth of a new revival, it is inevitable to keep an eye on the results of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games.