“I’ve been waiting for this day for six years.”
Eddy (24) from Mongolia was nominated by Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance as the first in the 2023 KOVO Men’s Asian Quarter Tryout & Draft held at the Jeju Sun Hotel on the 27th. This is the Korean dream that I have achieved in 6 years since I came to Korea from Mongolia in January 2017.
There were twists and turns. Last year, I completed my 5-year period of living in Korea for naturalization. The purpose was to participate in the rookie draft through naturalization. The conditions for naturalization have become more stringent. In addition to obtaining permission for permanent residency and living for more than 5 years, proof of income and tax payment have been added. It was sad news for him, who had no income as a student.
The opportunity has come. KOVO decided to introduce the Asian quota system for the first time in its history. Even before the start of the draft, he was mentioned as a top pick early. He does not need to adapt to life in Korea and is fluent in Korean. No need to worry about communication problems. Also, Eddy’s nomination seemed natural, as his skills were not inferior among the contestants. Eddy’s strength is that he can play multiple positions. 온라인카지노
Eddie, whom I met after the draft, said, “It was so good. I have been waiting for this day for 6 years.”
I reunited with director Kim Sang-woo, whom I worked with at Sungkyunkwan University. He knows how to use Eddy well, and coach Kim Sang-woo is the one who paved the way for Eddy to start a career as a volleyball player in Korea.
Eddy also said, “He is the person who helped me a lot so that I can have the skills I have now. I think we can learn a lot if we work together. I think I can learn more on a better stage,” he smiled.
After the draft, he said he had a brief conversation with coach Kim Sang-woo. “He said, ‘Now that I’m a professional player, not a college player, let’s work hard together,’” Eddie said.