KOVO, which had been plagued by controversies over judging this season, issued an apology after belatedly confirming that a practice ball, not a game ball, was used during the game this time.
KOVO said, “The practice ball was used during the third set of the IBK Industrial Bank-Pepper Savings Bank match held at the Hwaseong Indoor Gymnasium on the 26th,” and “I feel sorry for the fans and officials. In order to prevent a recurrence in the future, we will strengthen management and training for game operators, and we will do our best to ensure smooth operation of the remaining rounds.” 안전놀이터
In V-League games, match balls and practice balls must be used separately. It is a basic rule to keep the shape, weight and pressure of the ball constant. The practice kit says ‘for practice’. Even though they have the same shape and color as the match ball, it is not difficult to tell them apart. On the 26th, the scene where the practice ball was used during the game was broadcast as it was. The referees did not properly manage and supervise the match ball. KOVO only figured out the situation after fans watched the broadcast and raised the issue.
KOVO said, “The game ball was confirmed without any problems before the game started, and it was operated without any problems until the 1st and 2nd sets.” It was confirmed that it was not filtered out before the start,” he explained.
It’s not the first time KOVO has had measles this season. In the KB Insurance-KEPCO exhibition held on December 27 last year, misjudgment came out even after going through video reading. Hu In-jeong, director of KB Insurance, requested a video review of KEPCO’s net touch, and even from the slow screen, it was clear that the opposing blocker’s forearm touched the net. However, the referees ruled that it was not a net touch. The next day, KOVO issued a disciplinary punishment to the referee, competition committee member, and three referees, excluding up to 3 match assignments.
The V-League was in the middle of a box office drive. Kim Yeon-kyung (Heungkuk Life Insurance), who has returned, drives a crowd of clouds, and the fierce ranking fight adds to the interest. However, controversies inside and outside the volleyball court, such as Cho Jae-seong (OK Financial Group)’s involvement in military service corruption and the dismissal of former manager Kwon Soon-chan of Heungkuk Life Insurance, and KOVO’s successive mistakes are bringing disappointment to fans.