The main round of the 14th Sun Dong Yeolbae OK National Deaf Baseball Tournament, supported by OK Financial Group, will be held at KT Wiz Park in Suwon, the home of KT Wiz, on March 27.
On that day,안전놀이터 the two semifinal games will be held first, followed by celebratory performances and the opening ceremony. The opening ceremony will be followed by an event game and the tournament final.
A total of eight teams participated in the tournament, and the preliminary round was held on the 20th. As a result of the qualifiers, Jeonbuk Defiantos, Ansan Willows, Daegu Hawkeyes, and Cheongju DragonEyes advanced to the semifinals. The four teams will compete in the semifinals for a ticket to the finals.
Baseball legend Sun Dong-yeol greets the crowd before the all-star game between Dream All-Stars and Nanum All-Stars at the ‘2022 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO All-Star Game’. [Photo by IANS24 Photo DB].
At the opening ceremony, entertainer Saori will perform a celebratory Suaree performance, as she did last year. In a special friendly game before the final, Chungju Sacred Heart School and the celebrity baseball team ‘Jomajoma’ will meet.
This is the second year in a row that ZOMAZOMA has participated in the main stage of the OK National Baseball Tournament for the Deaf.
OK Financial Group has been sponsoring the National Deaf Baseball Tournament since 2010. It has been supporting sports for the deaf in Korea through former national baseball team manager Sun Dong-yeol, and in 2019, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the tournament, it was renamed the Sun Dong-yeol OK National Deaf Baseball Tournament under Sun’s name.
“Last year (2022), the tournament was held again for the first time in three years due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and the main stage was moved to Katie Wise Park, allowing deaf athletes to create meaningful memories in a better environment,” said OK Financial Group.
The 14th Sun Dong Yeolbae OK National Deaf Baseball Tournament, supported by OK Financial Group, will be held at Katie Wiz Park in Suwon, home of KT Wiz, on March 27. Pictured is the tournament’s official poster. [Photo courtesy of OK Financial Group Sports Division].
The tournament will be attended by Sun Jeon (tournament chairman), as well as Kim Eung-yong, former president of the Korea Baseball Softball Association, Yang Seung-ho, general manager of the Goyang Winners, and Lee Sang-guk, former secretary general of the Korea Baseball Organization.
Daesang Welllife and Bobae Banjang are new sponsors this year. The winner of the tournament will receive the opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch and bat at a KT home game.
“I am happy that we were able to hold the Deaf Baseball Tournament safely for the second year in a row after the difficult times caused by COVID-19,” said Sun. “Thanks to the long-standing sponsorship of OK Savings Bank, the tournament went smoothly and the interest of baseball players and fans in Deaf baseball seems to be growing.”
“We would like to thank OK Savings Bank once again for their active support of the National Deaf Baseball Tournament, which gives dreams and hope to the deaf, and we hope that the deaf players will showcase their skills on a great stage this year.”