F I V B  FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DE VOLLEYBALL
PRESS RELEASE 21.09.2004

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South Korea Win Asia Challenge Cup Title

The South Korean men's Volleyball team won the Asia Challenge Cup tournament after beating Taiwan in straight sets 25-14, 25-18, 25-20 in Sunday's final league match in Miyazaki, Japan.

Shin Chi-yong's squad, ranked 10th in the International Federation of Volleyball (FIVB) world rankings, quickly took control of the match against the 39th-ranked Taiwan and went on to a comfortable win. The win also marked the first time for South Korea to sweep both stages of the tournament since the four-team event started in 2000.

The team is coming of a low point as they missed out on a berth at the Athens Olympics with a disappointing record of 1-6, but now seem to be on the path to recovery thanks to a sweeping generational change.

The tournament win is a good cornerstone to rebuild the team upon but it is too early to judge yet as rivals China and Japan are also undergoing a rebuilding process while newly-emerging teams like Iran and Australia were not included in the event.

China finished runners-up in both stages losing only to South Korea each time, followed by Japan and Taiwan.
By Kim Hyun-cheol from the Korea Times


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