The V-League player registration deadline is over… Jo Song-hwa, who became a free agent, was eventually lost

IBK Industrial Bank’s setter Jo Song-hwa, who caused a stir for trespassing, arrives to attend the reward and punishment committee held at the Korea Volleyball Federation (KOVO) in Mapo-gu, Seoul on the morning of the 10th. 2021.12.10/News1 © News1 Reporter Hyunjin Kwon

Registration of additional players in the V-League has closed. In the end, there was no team to take Song-hwa.

An official from the Korea Volleyball Federation (KOVO) said on the 28th (Korean time), “Until the additional registration period is over, no team has announced their intention to recruit Song-Hwa Cho.” Now, there is no way for Jo Song-hwa to play in the V-League this season.

Jo Song-hwa, who received a notice of contract termination from his team IBK Industrial Bank on the 17th, was announced as a free player and other teams could freely recruit him until the player registration deadline. However, until the registration deadline on the 28th at 6 pm, none of the teams announced their intention to recruit Songhwa Jo.

Lawyer Jo In-sun of YK Law Firm, who is the legal representative for Song-hwa Jo, said, “Song-hwa Jo wants to continue her career as an athlete more than anyone else,” but there was no place to come.

In fact, it was the expected sequence. Songhwa Jo is fighting the truth with IBK amid the ‘unauthorized departure controversy’. It was difficult for any team to bring Jo Song-hwa to the point where it had obvious repercussions.

Meanwhile, the claims of Jo Song-hwa and IBK are sharply opposed.

Songhwa Jo protested that the departure was for health reasons, but IBK countered that it was an unauthorized departure. It is not easy to solve the problem as the KOVO Reward and Punishment Committee held on the 10th also decided to suspend the disciplinary action.

Song-hwa Cho submitted an application for an injunction to suspend the validity of the contract with IBK, and this controversy is expected to lead to a legal battle.


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