Without YK Kim, South Korea doesn't get to the Olympics, period.
It is very common in sports for players to push through pain, but when you have pain in your knees in a jumping sport, you probably should stop and get it looked at.
4th knee problem in pro career already. That is not good. I know from watching a NBA team that drafted a center, Greg Oden, who had to have 4 knee surgeries by the age of 24. In a total of 4 seasons, he played a total of 1 (82 games out of 328). The potential was there, but the body was not willing.
YK Kim needs to tell the national team coach/federation. I am not playing in any tournament/match/practice until it is 100%. I cannot play in every small tournament. World GP, World Champs (Qualifiers included), Olympics.
If the federation does not respect that, then she's going to be retiring way before 30.
Maybe all that matters is not the approval of the federation, but decision of Kim.
Even if I have been watching her from her 2009-10 season, it`s quite hard to understand Kim sometimes, in a manner of "pro" sports player.
She has the right to reject the call from NT, but she never does it.
The reason might be somethings like patriotism or kinda responsibility.
Although they might be seem such old-fashioned conceptions for the pro athlete to have, she really think those as important values.
Unlike her, most of pro clubs in Korean league don`t want to let their players to the international competition because they think it only results in the injury and thus, bad result after the club season.
They never expect the good result from the Korean NT also.
Kim is a real patriot and she came back anytime if the NT wanted her, regardless of any horrible squad.
Watching from the fan`s viewpoint, her interviews mentioning that it(sacrificing for NT in bad condition) was solely her choice and she only does her best as she is on the court, are respectable but sometimes so frustrating.
Also, at this point, Kim should do a maximum that the federation wants her, to get ITC somehow, so it`s quite complex situation.
At first, I understood that the agency is making the press release about her injury and surgery to reveal that Kim is "unable" to play for NT and it`s not her intention.
But as Kim wants to delay the surgery to next May, I cannot read her mind.
Anyway, I really don`t want to see her in the AVC struggling among the bad squad made by uncooperative clubs.