Korea goes again to Yonex after 10 years

BKA signed a 4-year contract with Yonex in Seoul at present, ending a interval of uncertainty because the Korea nationwide badminton workforce was with out an official gear sponsor for greater than a month.

Story and images of Don Hearn (stay in Seoul)

The Badminton Korea Affiliation (BKA) at present held a signing ceremony with Yonex for the complete sponsorship of the Korean nationwide badminton workforce. Yonex president Kusaki Hayashida was set to signal for the Japanese firm, whose relationship with the workforce spans a number of many years earlier than BKA signed Victor in 2009.

Korean badminton gave the impression to be in turmoil a couple of months in the past when the teaching workers was fired completely, and their former gear sponsor canceled their 4-year sponsorship contract after solely two years. Right this moment, nevertheless, issues had been virtually again to regular. New head coach Ahn Jae Chang was in attendance, together with three new additions to his teaching workers and a big contingent of nationwide workforce gamers.

“We take into account Korea to be one of many high badminton nations and we’re dedicated to bettering the competitiveness of the Korean workforce for the longer term,” Yonex President Hayashida stated in a speech earlier than the signing.

Following the signings and pictures, the press had a number of questions for BKA President Park Ki Hyun, Head Coach Ahn Jae Chang, and the presidents of Yonex and its Korean subsidiary.

BKA President Park Ki Hyun stated, “Final 12 months’s disappointing outcomes had been among the many many challenges confronted by BKA and the nationwide workforce gamers final 12 months and the opposite was the untimely cancellation of our earlier sponsorship contract, a two-year contract. In.”

“It’s customary for the BKA to create a 4-year sponsorship contract, mainly on every Olympic cycle, however with this being canceled early, it’s clearly a break in that sample. We felt that the Olympics had been over. After, two years into this contract once more issues might have been completely different, however BKA and Yonex nonetheless thought we’d go forward and make it to 4 years.

“As for the chance of a untimely cancellation, the likelihood just isn’t even 0.01%,” stated Kim Chul Woong, president of Yonex’s Korean subsidiary Dong Seung Buying and selling. “Yonex honors its commitments and subsequently there’s nothing to fret about. We hope that the nationwide workforce’s outcomes will proceed to enhance and our affiliation with Yonex will proceed.”

BKA president Park was requested by an SBS reporter to touch upon what additional assist could be given to the nationwide workforce gamers from now till the Olympic Video games. SBS TV criticized BKA in November for spending its executives on enterprise class tickets to attend the World Championships, whereas the previous head coach complained that he needed to journey overseas with the workforce. Funding was not supplied for ample assist workers. Park expressed the affiliation’s intention to assist the workforce, together with offering coaches and sports activities psychologists to journey with the workforce, if their price range permits.

Kim Chul Woong has revealed that whereas Lee Yong Dae is presently a member of the Yonex Professional workforce in Korea, the corporate nonetheless hopes to return to the nationwide workforce. Lee was considered one of six doubles gamers who left the nationwide workforce between Might 2016 and Might 2017 and all six have began enjoying as impartial gamers, half of whom are sponsored by Yonex.

Head coach Ah clarified that Lee and different ‘retired’ gamers is probably not chosen for the nationwide workforce for 2019 – as they had been dedicated to the Premier Badminton League through the tryouts – but when their coaching and kind as impartial The competitors permits them to enhance their rankings sufficiently, they will rejoin the nationwide workforce the next winter, earlier than the Tokyo Olympics.

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