Women’s volleyball mega “I am ‘Indonesian Kim Yeon-kyung’? “I can’t believe it” – Chosun Ilbo VRESP

Mega interviewed in Indonesia. /CheongKwanJang Volleyball Team

Megawatti Puttywi (25, Indonesia, registered name Mega), a former professional volleyball women’s Jeonggwanjang Apogit spiker, left a strong impression in Korea last season. After coming to Korea under the Asian quota system, he was at the forefront of the attack (7th overall in scoring), befitting his nickname ‘Megatron’, and took the lead in Jeong Kwan-jang’s sensational performance. As a Muslim athlete, he wore an athletic hijab and wore powerful spikes in every game. He came to Korea to dream bigger and has now established himself as a ‘role model’ for Indonesian girls.

In an interview with a joint press team held in Jakarta, Indonesia on the 19th (local time), Mega said, “I never thought people would be this crazy about me, but I’m happy. I’m that grateful and happy, but I also feel a stronger sense of responsibility.” ‘Mega’s Team’ Cheong Kwan-Jang will play an event match with Indonesian All-Stars at the invitation of the ‘Sports Fund and Management Agency’ (LPDUK) under the Indonesian Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Mega. /CheongKwanJang Volleyball Team

Mega’s popularity is skyrocketing in Indonesia. Even though volleyball is not a popular sport, banners with his face on it are hung all over the streets, and he even became a brand model. CheongKwanJang, where Mega played, became a ‘national team.’ She is not called ‘Indonesia’s Kim Yeon-kyung’ for nothing. Thanks to Mega, the country ‘Korea’ has become more known.

Edelvia Annabelle Duane (17), a youth player we met at the training center, said, “My dream is to become a great professional player like Mega,” adding, “I watched Mega’s performance in Korea on YouTube and it was really cool. His skills are truly outstanding and he often shows that he does his best in every game. “He is a good motivator for me.” Mega laughed, “I can’t believe that I introduced Indonesian volleyball to the rest of the world and that I helped increase the popularity of volleyball in Indonesia.”

Mega bursts into laughter just by being mentioned like ‘Kim Yeon-kyung’. Regarding the nickname ‘Indonesian Kim Yeon-kyung,’ he said, “Kim Yeon-kyung is like an idol to me,” and “I can’t believe that such an expression has stuck to me. “I’m so proud,” he said happily.

Kim Yeon-kyung, Yasmin, and Mega are showing a dance ceremony at the professional volleyball ‘2023-2024 Dodram V-League All-Star Game’ held at Incheon Samsan World Gymnasium in Bupyeong-gu, Incheon on the afternoon of January 27th. /yunhap news

In fact, Mega is also continuing to interact with Kim Yeon-kyung. He introduced an episode with Kim Yeon-kyung at the All-Star Game held last January and said, “When ‘(Kim) Yeon-kyung (in Korean)’ won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award at the All-Star Game, I went and congratulated her, but she said ‘Thank you, thank you. ‘” he said. For Megha, this experience was meaningful. Based on this relationship, he is said to frequently contact Kim Yeon-kyung through social media. Mega said excitedly about Kim Yeon-kyung, calling her “a really fun sister.”

Kim Yeon-kyung also cherishes her relationship with Mega. Mega was invited to the ‘Kim Yeon-kyung (KYK) All-Star Game’ to be held at Jamsil Indoor Stadium in Seoul in June. She received a direct invitation to Kim Yeon-kyung’s ‘national team retirement ceremony’ event match. However, she is expected to not be able to play in the Indonesian league at this time. “She was really happy that she was at a level where she would be invited to such an event,” Megha said.

On the afternoon of October 31 last year, foreign player Mega is smiling brightly while holding a volleyball at the volleyball practice range at the Cheongkwanjang Sports Center in Daedeok-gu, Daejeon. /Reporter Shin Hyeon-jong

What is the ultimate goal of Mega, who has emerged as a ‘star’ in Indonesian and Korean volleyball? He said, “I want to lead the Indonesian team to the Olympics and appear on the big stage,” and personally, “I want to become a legend. “He wants to be the best in the world,” he emphasized.

Mega wants to soar even higher in Korea next season. She submitted an application for the women’s Asian quarter tryout, which will be held in Jeju from the 29th to May 1st. This means that I will challenge the Korean stage again. There is a high probability of renewing the contract with the head of the company. Rumors began to circulate that other teams were aiming for Mega.

When asked about the possibility of rejoining Cheong Kwan Jang, Mega smiled brightly and said, “It’s a secret, a surprise.”

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