“What country is that?”…the unfamiliar language sign at the volleyball court

“What country is that?” 

Before the start of the second round of the Dodram 2023-2024 V-League Women’s Division match against Jeonggwanjang at Gimcheon Indoor Gymnasium on the 18th of this month, the crowd began to murmur. The board showed the etiquette guidelines for the volleyball court, but it was in a language that was unfamiliar to us, not English, Japanese, or Chinese. It was Thai and Serbian. Vukiric (Serbia) and Tanacha (Thailand) are playing in the 바카라사이트 Korea Expressway Corporation, and there were many Thai fans at the volleyball court cheering for Tanacha.

It’s not uncommon to see signs in unfamiliar languages at volleyball venues these days. The Korean Volleyball Organization (KOVO) has prepared a guide for overseas fans visiting volleyball venues as Asian volleyball fans are becoming more interested in the V-League due to the newly introduced Asian quota system this season. In addition to the existing Korean and English guides, the volleyball court etiquette guides have been translated into Mongolian, Thai, Arabic, Taiwanese (Chinese), Japanese, Indonesian, Serbian, and Spanish, and have been sent to each venue since the 8th. 

In addition, KOVO has been actively communicating with overseas fans, not only through volleyball venues, but also through social media, to provide information in each language for the new influx of overseas fans. In fact, at the opening media day, fans from Southeast Asia asked questions on social media.

This season, the V-League introduced an Asian quota, featuring players from six countries: Japan, Taiwan, Mongolia, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines. This has had a number of positive effects, as it has leveled the playing field between teams. It is also a good stimulus for domestic players to improve their performance in future leagues.

Meanwhile, KOVO is also thinking about developing the Asian market by selling broadcasting rights and developing travel products through the Asia Quarter system. KOVO has the ambition to discover Southeast Asian players and use them as a new driving force for the V-League.

[Korea Volleyball Organization / KOVO, which has prepared a variety of information sheets in English as well as Mongolian, Thai, Arabic, Taiwanese (Chinese), Japanese, Indonesian, Serbian, and Spanish].

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