Kim Ha Na is out from international competition for 6 months
Of course nothing can be done, the verdict has a already passed, but at least it didn't get to 2 years
But doesn't matter imo, 6 months can pass by quickly, they can start a brand new career starting next year in 2013
After experiencing such a crisis, I'm sure she and Jung Kyung Eun will return as stronger athletes and show the Chinese they have returned with remorse
This also means Korea has to push their junior WD players. I really hope Kim So Young / Choi Hye In could catch up to Kim Ha Na and Jung Kyung Eun's level soon. So when the big guns return, South Korea would have a consistent and strong womens team...
I still remember when Kim Ha Na and Jung Kyung Eun were still juniors and minors in international competition. They have improved so so quickly and caught up to Kim / Ha so fast, I was very proud of them because I was just one of the few who supported them before they made their mark...
Actually, this sentence is not that bad afterall if you look at it this way. There was no saying they couldn't train? They should train very very hard and make a surprise next year in Korean Open
Strictly speaking, Kim Ha Na did not compete internationally as a junior. Her first tournament outside Korea was when she was 20. She was more of a late bloomer, unlike Jung Kyung Eun, who has been on the radar since just before her 16th birthday.
Also, unless they make an exception, we may not see much of these four until a year from now. The ban is only six months but they are off the national team for a year so no one is likely going to fund them to go overseas for a tournament between March and August next year. Pro teams go abroad outside the purview of the national team a maximum of once a year and only Jung's team even comes close to that frequency. Kim's team Samsung hasn't been abroad on its own since the summer of 2010, Ha's team last went abroad in 2007 and Kim Min Jung's team has never been abroad on its own. As I say, they might make an exception but even those pro team trips have to get funding approval from their corporate sponsors and then permission from the BKA (though this may largely be because the BKA doesn't like them overworking national team players).
In my opinion Kim isn't sharp enough at the net, e.g. missing a few net winners in today's surdirman cup game. She doesn't seem that dangerous in general...and it seems that Ko has to cover for her sometimes too which puts him in trouble