Volume 8(December 2021)
We are saddened by the news of the Lucerne Winter Universiade cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the several hindrances, CMBC's aspiration to host the 2027 Summer WUG is becoming more robust than ever. This issue highlights Chungcheong Community's support activities for the 2027 WUG, Chungcheong's rich volunteer resources, and an interview with a long-time volunteer. You will meet Chungcheong people who are united under the goal of hosting the 2027 WUG in each story.
Season’s Greetings and Happy New year 2022!
Preparations in full swing!
It has already been four months since CMBC was officially launched. The four cities and provinces of Chungcheong are actively campaigning to win the bid for the 2027 WUG while enjoying the challenge.
The strong backbone of support from the local people is palpable in the air. There is an overwhelming response to the "Signature campaign to support the Chungcheong 2027 Summer WUG." More than 3,000 residents have already signed, which can be easily done online and offline. A website for the signature campaign has been opened, allowing everyone to express their support. The one-year signature campaign aims to receive 1 million signatures from Chungcheong residents.
Chungcheong residents are participating in the signature campaign to support the bid for the 2027 WUG
Kim Woo-jin, an archery player, will serve as co-chairman of the Chungbuk Promotion Group.
In addition, an official organization has also been launched to carry out various promotional activities. Four cities and provinces in Chungcheong have launched the Promotion Groups according to their regional characteristics.
The four promotion groups consist of 100 to 200 persons from sports communities, universities, civic groups, including each local government and parliament head. In particular, sports stars such as Kim Woojin (archery) play a central role for their hometowns. These groups will carry out various promotional activities until the successful winning of the 2027 WUG. These are expected to demonstrate to FISU the high local interest and support for hosting the 2027 WUG in Chungcheong.
Sejong citizens are cheering for the establishment of the Sejong Promotion Group.
Cheerleading performance to celebrate the launch of the Daejeon Promotion Group
Volunteers are lined up for 2027 WUG
December 5th was International Volunteer Day. It was designated by the United Nations to honor volunteer dedication and promote participation in volunteer work. Volunteering is also vital in the field of sports. It is no exaggeration to say that the successful hosting of sporting events is in the hands of volunteers. The successful completion of the 1997 Muju-Chonju, 2003 Daegu, and 2015 Gwangju Universiades held in Korea was thanks to the volunteers who worked in each field.
Currently, four volunteer centers are in operation in Chungcheong, with 1.59 million registered volunteers. They already have abundant hardware and human resources to carry out various activities to meet community needs: security and cleanliness campaigns and charity activities for the underprivileged.
Volunteers in Chungcheong wait eagerly for the hosting of the Chungcheong 2027 WUG because they hope to promote their high civic awareness and volunteer capabilities to the world. The WUG should prove to be an excellent opportunity to share the value of sports globally. CMBC plans to conduct a volunteer program for the 2027 WUG in earnest from 2022. Please look forward to the Chungcheong volunteer activities!
“I really would like to share the warm hospitality of Chungcheong"
Koo Hang-Oh (78), who started volunteering in 2012, is a veteran with extensive experience volunteering at international sports events including the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
"In 2015, I volunteered at the swimming stadium of the Gwangju Universiade. I was delighted to see the energetic performances of world-class athletes."
After retiring from his high school principal career, Koo first volunteered at the Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea. He said, "I met some of the volunteers at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Daejeon, and I thought they were very cool. So, I jumped at the opportunity to become a volunteer for the World Expo, and I felt so thrilled and rewarded once I got on with it. Ever since then, I follow big events held across the country."
"Above all, I want to achieve 10,000 hours of cumulative volunteer work
at the 2027 WUG in my hometown."
As Chungcheong, consisting of Daejeon, where he resides, hasn't hosted an international mega-sports event yet, he feels sorry that he did not have a chance to volunteer in the region. Being eager to boast of Chungcheong's culture and heritage to people around the world, he emphasized, "More than anything else, I want to convey the warm hospitality of Chungcheong residents."
With 8,000 hours of cumulative volunteer work, he wishes to reach 10,000 hours. "Above all, I want to achieve the record at the 2027 WUG in my hometown. I sincerely hope I will have that opportunity."
📸 pic of the month
Messages of warm support for the Chungcheong 2027 WUG are seen in various places in the city
Christmas decorations in front of the Chungbuk Government Complex in hopes of hosting the 2027 Summer WUG in Chungcheong
358 Galmae-ro, Sejong city, Republic of Korea