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2nd foreign player in pro volleyball league to leave S. Korean club over coronavirus fears

All News 20:20 March 06, 2020

SEOUL, March 6 (Yonhap) -- American volleyball player Adora Anae decided to leave her South Korean club for her native land on Friday, becoming the second foreign volleyball player to quit in midseason over coronavirus fears.

The IBK Altos of the women's V-League said they were disappointed that Anae will no longer be part of the team, but wished her the best in the future. The V-league season was suspended indefinitely on Monday in the face of a nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases.

The women's teams play 30 matches a season and the six teams each have three or four matches remaining this season.

In this file photo from Oct. 30, 2019, Adora Anae of the IBK Altos receives the ball in a women's V-League match against the GS Caltex Kixx at Jangchung Arena in Seoul. (Yonhap)

Earlier in the week, Anae asked to be paid in full for the season, since she was leaving the league for reasons out of her control, and threatened to take the case to the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) if her demands weren't met. But the Altos said Friday they and Anae had reached an agreement under which she will only receive portions of her remaining salary, the amount of which will depend on when the league resumes play and when the season finishes.

On Wednesday, Andrea Santangelo of the Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance Bluefangs in the men's V-League left for his native Italy because of coronavirus concerns. The Blufangs said they parted with the player on amicable terms.

The Korean Volleyball Federation will meet Tuesday to discuss resumption of the league play and further scheduling changes.


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