Posted : 2013-09-13 18:42
Updated : 2013-09-13 18:42

Heungkuk refuses to accept FIVB ruling

By Jung Min-ho
Kim Yeon-koung

Heungkuk Life Pink Spiders Friday said it will take the case of its former player Kim Yeon-koung to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, unless the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) accepts its appeal.

Heungkuk's announcement follows the FIVB ruling in Kims favor on Sept. 6, allowing the 25-year-old to play for her Turkish club Fenerbahce.

The FIVB made it clear that Heungkuk Life is Kims Club of Origin, but said Kim should be allowed to play for the 2013-2014 season in the Turkish club if a transfer fee is paid and it should not exceed 228,750 euros ($303,757).

The FIVB reversed its decision made twice in October last year and this April, Heungkuk Life Pink Spiders President Kwon Kwang-young told The Korea Times. Thus, it is highly suspected that Fenerbahces unofficial lobby was the only reason for the change in its previous position.

Previously, the FIVB stated that Kims transfer deal should be discussed with Heungkuk Life, which has the ownership of the player, said Kwon, noting Heungkuk Life has not received any contact from Fenerbahce since January regarding the matter.

The latest FIVB decision also said Kim will become a free agent after the 2013-2014 season unless she signs a contract with a Korean club.

The regulations of the Korean professional volleyball league states that a player may not seek a transfer from her original team until a player spends six seasons there, Kwon said. Because Kim played only four seasons in the Korean league, she cannot acquire free agent status.

The Korea Volleyball Association (KVA) issued a temporary International Transfer Certification (ITC) on Oct. 22 last year in consideration of her 2012-2013 season schedule in Turkey, noting the ITC would be invalid if Kim does not renew her contract with Heungkuk Life in three months, Kwon said.

Kim and Fenerbahce have used the invalid ITC since, he said. What they have done seriously damaged the authority of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Olympic Committee, the KVA and the Korean league since they agreed to the terms before issuing the ITC at a meeting.

Kims agency Inspokorea defied Heungkuk Lifes claim about the unofficial lobby in a statement issued Monday, noting Heungkuk Life should respect the decision of the FIVB.

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