Regarding the controversy over unfair trade by Oh Ji-young (Pepper Savings Bank), the Korea Volleyball Federation 메이저놀이터 (KOVO) prepares new rules for protecting player rights and fair competition after the 2022-23 season.
KOVO announced on the 3rd that it requested an authoritative interpretation from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, which is in charge of the trade agreement between GS Caltex and Pepper Savings Bank’s Libero Oh Ji-young, and received the result.
KOVO said, “The contents of the trade agreement between the two clubs apply to Articles 74 and 93 to 96 of the Korea Volleyball Federation Rules, which are transfer-related regulations.” It was first approved.”
“As a result of requesting an authoritative interpretation from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism for an accurate judgment on the basic rights and fairness of players, in accordance with Article 4, Paragraph 3 of the standard contract for professional sports, ‘explains the matters in which players cannot participate due to the agreement between clubs to exclude them from participating in matches. Although it is not stipulated as a reason for prohibiting discrimination, it is believed that the rights and interests of players are violated or there are factors that hinder fair competition between clubs, so it is recommended to prepare institutional improvement measures, such as the establishment of a ban on such cases in the federation rules.” added.
KOVO said, “In the case of Oh Ji-young, the two clubs signed an agreement and traded based on the current federation regulations, so it is difficult to retroactively apply the new rules that will be supplemented in the future.” After the end of the season, we will discuss with 14 men’s and women’s clubs to devise supplementary and improved measures in the direction of protecting players’ rights and fair competition between clubs.”
Prior to this, the GS Caltex club sent Oh Ji-young, a veteran libero, to Pepper Savings Bank in December of last year and made a trade to exchange the right to nominate for the first round of the 2024-25 season. Afterwards, the content of the agreement between the two clubs that Oh Ji-young could not participate in the game with GS Caltex became known belatedly, sparking controversy that it could harm fair competition.