“I don’t just take any medicine.”
‘Volleyball Empress’ Kim Yeon-kyung (35) revealed that the players’ doping consciousness is gradually improving. At the 2023 World Anti-Doping Day ceremony held at the Namak Sky Convention in Muan-gun, Jeonnam on the 14th, Kim Yeon-kyung attended the event as an athlete member of the Korea Anti-Doping Agency (KADA).
On this day, Kim Yeon-kyung, who appeared as a panel along with Kim Nara, 메이저놀이터Hong Jeong-ho, KADA Athlete Commissioner, and Food and Drug Administration Chief Investigator Cho Ji-hoon, shared opinions on the reality of anti-doping education she experienced during her career as an athlete and future improvement directions. As more education has been done than before, players are more aware of doping and know a lot,” he said. He said that the awareness of doping among athletes is also settling correctly. She actually said that if she accesses KADA’s official website, she can check all kinds of banned substances.
Kim Yeon-kyung is now entering her veteran’s path, but she is still loved by many fans for her skills. At this meeting, she also revealed Kim Yeon-kyung’s know-how in managing her body and mentality.
“I also underwent three knee surgeries. The rehabilitation period is very difficult. The treatment environment has also improved, so I want to show that if I take good care of my body, I can live a long career as an athlete.” As the system for managing the body of players improves day by day, it means that if the players have the will to take care of their body, they can continue their active life for a long enough period.
She also talked about how to overcome mental crises. Kim Yeon-kyung, who said, “I also have a lot of times when my mentality goes out,” said, “There is always a routine. I try to take the routine. There is a routine for exercise. There is this. If you create a routine to exercise well and believe in yourself, you will be able to overcome difficult times.”
Regarding the perception of doping by foreign players, Kim Yeon-kyung, who has extensive experience in overseas leagues, said, “Awareness has developed abroad. Education is also well done.” Athletes have become aware enough to search and check in advance before taking medicine. I think the education is going well,” he said, saying that domestic players are now as aware of doping as foreign players.
On this day, Jeonnam Sports Middle School, Jeonnam Sports High School, and Mokpo Hangdo Girls’ Middle School student athletes also attended and were able to hear Kim Yeon-kyung’s know-how. In front of them, Kim Yeon-kyung said, “I hope she can play confidently to herself,” she left with a request.
Currently, Kim Yeon-kyung is a free agent. Although Kim Yeon-kyung did not enjoy the joy of the combined championship by losing 2 wins and 3 losses to the road construction in the championship match, it was the 2022-2023 season that showed the true nature of the ‘Volleyball Empress’ by winning the regular league MVP and leading the V-League renaissance.