According to Sports Kyunghyang, the volleyball twins Lee Da Young and Lee Jae Young may be preparing to make a comeback. On June 22, the Korea Volleyball Federation (KOVO) announced they would be registering the sisters as players by June 30. This means that the twins will be making their return to the volleyball courts.
Previously, Lee Da Young and Lee Jae Young shocked the entire nation when they were accused of being perpetrators of school violence and bullying. The twins have been well-loved since their debut, dominating with their skills on the volleyball courts, and dominating off the courts with their appearances on variety shows. The nation quickly fell in love with their quirky personalities and “goddess-like” visuals — until it came to a crumbling halt.
The sisters were accused of verbally and physically bullying their classmates back in middle school, as well as their former volleyball teammates. Numerous netizens stepped forward to share their experiences, as story after story continued to make headlines. Stealing classmates’ money, threatening teammates with a knife and beating others with clothes hangers were just some of the stories that were confirmed by the twins.
And while their bullying scandal shook the nation, it proved to be just the tip of the iceberg as it erupted into something even bigger. Netizens used the opportunity and the momentum of the twins’ bullying admittance to call out dozens of actors, singers, and idol members. For several weeks, bullying allegations were made towards some of South Korea’s biggest stars, as numerous apologies and notifications of indefinite hiatuses began to take over headlines all across the nation.
After the twins admitted to their wrongdoings, they were removed from their teams and the National Volleyball League. They have since remained quiet and out of the spotlight — until now. Four months later, it seems that the girls are gradually gearing up for a volleyball comeback and the reports made by Sports Kyunghyang may have confirmed them.
Lee Da Young will reportedly be venturing overseas to join a league in Greece, while Lee Jae Young will be joining the V-League, which is a South Korean club volleyball league.
Netizens chimed in with their thoughts on the sisters’ impending return, with many of them expressing their irritation.
- “One by one, they are slowly crawling back out.”
- “Wow, it’s completely rotten. I don’t want to see our nation’s volleyball league anymore.”
- “I just won’t watch…it’s sad because women’s volleyball just began getting popular, but I don’t want to watch such absurdity. They’ll only come to their senses when all of their fans leave them.”
- “School violence won’t end.”
- “Oh wow, it was just a break for them.”
- “They’re crazy.”
- “They haven’t come to their senses.”
- “Slowly but surely, they’re all crawling out one by one.”
And while they may be making a comeback through different leagues, the national team will still remain off-limits. The Korea Volleyball Association announced back on February 15 that they would be “excluding all perpetrators of school violence from the national team selection process.” This means that Lee Da Young and Lee Jae Young will not be allowed to represent South Korea in any international competitions, such as the Olympics.