The 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games will open a year late. Many national team players are sweating hard at this very moment. The same goes for the hockey national team, which aims to ‘restore its honor’. The last competition ended with a ‘no medal’. It’s different this time.

Korea once reigned as a global hockey powerhouse. I even won an Olympic silver medal. Women’s hockey won silver medals at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Men’s hockey won a silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Games.

Of course, he was a strong player in the Asian Games as well. Women’s hockey won 5 gold medals, and men’s hockey won 4 gold medals. However, to some extent, it has become an ‘old story’. The men’s last gold medal was at the 2006 Doha Games, and the women’s last gold medal was at the 2014 Incheon Games.

They suffered humiliation at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games. Neither man nor woman won a medal. It was the first time since hockey was adopted as an official sport at the 1982 New Delhi Games that neither the men’s nor the women’s division had won a medal.메이저사이트

Furthermore, they did not even qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The atmosphere wasn’t that good. It is being pulled back up little by little. This is why the Asian Games are important.

It is evaluated that it has begun to gain strength again with the inauguration of Chairman Lee Sang-hyun as president of the Korea Hockey Association in 2021. As overall power improves, performance on the international stage is also improving. In particular, Chairman Lee Sang-hyun promised 50 million won as a reward for the gold medal in this Asian Games.

Shinhan Financial Group Chairman Jin Ok-dong and the men’s and women’s national hockey teams. photos | Korea Hockey Association

Men’s hockey ranked 4th at the Asian Champions Stroke held in Chennai, India in August. At the Hockey World Cup last January, they performed well, including defeating Olympic champion Argentina, and advanced to the quarterfinals.

Women’s hockey forms one of Asia’s ‘Big Four’ along with China, Japan, and India. There is an assessment that the condition on the day is important. There were some injured players, but they are all back now.

Both men’s and women’s hockey sees the Asian Games as a stepping stone to a leap forward. If you win the Asian Games, you can qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics. It’s not a situation to be optimistic about winning a gold medal, but it’s also not a situation to say ‘no’.

The men’s hockey team will leave the country on the 20th, and the women’s hockey team will board a plane on the 21st. The first group match will be held on the 24th and 25th, respectively. This is the first step to show that Korean hockey is not over yet.