Welcome to the first edition of the '2027 Chungcheong' newsletter
World university sports history will be newly created in the Republic of Korea. Four major cities and provinces in the Chungcheong region of Korea are gearing up for legendary World University Games in the summer of 2027. The 2027 Chungcheong newsletter will be delivered to you every month and bring the latest news of the Chungcheong Megacity 2027 World University Games Bid Committee. We hope you enjoy our newsletter.
Better than Gwangju 2015
Chungcheong, Promise of another legend in 2027 WUG
The Chungcheong region, where the administrative capital of the Republic of Korea (ROK) is located, mounted a bid to host the 2027 World University Games (WUG), which will surpass the glory of the Gwangju 2015 Universiade. Chungcheong, consisting of four cities and provinces, including Daejeon, Sejong, Chungnam, and Chungbuk, announced a joint bid for the 2027 WUG and began a full-fledged campaign.
As a first grand step in the campaign trail, the bid committee of the Chungcheong Megacity 2027 World University Games held its inaugural meeting successfully on April 5, 2021. It was attended by the mayors and governors of the four cities and provinces, presidents of sports federations, university presidents, chairmen of the chambers of commerce and representatives of private organizations. They expressed their strong support for the successful 2027 WUG. An ordinance for the "Support of the Joint Bid Committee of the Chungcheong Megacity 2027 World University Games" shall be enacted to provide administrative and financial support to the campaign.
The Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Universiade games have a special relationship. The WUG has been held three times in the ROK, including the Muju-Chonju 1997, Daegu 2003, and Gwangju 2015 Universiades. Above all, the Gwangju 2015 Universiade left a strong impression on all of our memories. With 10,632 participants from 140 countries, Gwangju 2015 gained a reputation as one of the remarkable events in WUG history.
If Chungcheong hosts the 2027 WUG, it will write a new history in world university sports. The 2027 WUG in Chungcheong will surpass the scale and glory of Gwangju 2015 because experts who worked on the former organizing committee have reunited at the invitation of the Chungcheong region who is eager to host their first mega international sports event. "I will make every effort to help Chungcheong host the 2027 WUG based on my experience hosting the Gwangju 2015 Universiade" said Yoon-suk Kim, Secretary-General of the Chungcheong Megacity 2027 World University Games Bid Committee. "We are ready to write a new legend."
Chungcheong as leading region in Korea
At the center of the ROK, Chungcheong holds the administrative capital, Sejong, and accounts for 12.5% of the nation's GRDP. The administrative city of Sejong houses 43 central administrative agencies, and 15 national government agencies relocated from Seoul and the metropolitan area.
Government Complex Sejong
Rising Chungcheong is home to 71 universities and colleges, making it an education city in name and reality. They lead innovations and prepare 470,000 students to contribute to society as engaged citizens and leaders.
In the Daedeok-Sejong-Osong area, a vast research and development complexes have been established and leading the way in advanced information technology(IT) and biotechnology industry.
It is also called an industry city housing many enterprises, corporations, R&D-based companies, and factories. In particular, seven of the top 10 big conglomerates in Korea, including Samsung Electronics, Hyundai Motor, LG Chem, Lotte, and Hanwha, are located there.
Rich in Sports Heritage and Infrastructure
The Jincheon National Athletic Training Center
Chungcheong is proud of its rich sports heritage and infrastructure. Taekkyeon is a traditional martial art handed down from ancient times in the Chungju region. It is the first of the world's traditional martial arts to be listed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2011. Chungju city has held the annual World Taekkyeon Games since 2008 to preserve the originality and promote the values of Taekkyeon.
It is also important to note that Chungju has significant sports infrastructure and abundant experience in hosting international sports events. Since 2010, it has held about 15 international competitions for sports such as rowing, sailing and football. The 2013 World Rowing Championships were held in Chungju's Tangeum Lake and the rowing games of the Gwangju 2015 Universiade.The Jincheon National Training Center, which opened in 2017, is a training center for national athletes and can accommodate 1,050 people in 37 sports. All training facilities meet the international standards of each federation. The Sejong Sports Complex, which is sufficient for the 2027 WUG track and field events and the opening and closing ceremonies, is currently under construction and is expected to be completed by 2025.
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