By Zjan Shirinian

Gwangju Universiade Organising Committee members have been dispatched as "supporting agents" to the Incheon Asian Games ©Gwangju 2015Organisers of next year's Summer Universiade in Gwangju have described the hands-on experience they have gained at the ongoing Asian Games as a "turning point".

Members of the Gwangju Universiade Organising Committee made the 250-kilometres journey to Incheon to immerse themselves in a major Games and see what lessons they could learn.

Thirty-seven members have been gaining hands-on experience at 15 different venues in the South Korean city, which has been hosting the 17th Asian Games since September 19.

They are working as "supporting agents" for the Asian Games, spending anything from 14 to 40 days in the city.

It has been described as an "opportunity for the Organising Committee to test out the venue operation plans that have been drawn up [for Gwangju] since 2009".

As well as being at competition venues, some have been at sites including the Athletes' Village, Media Village, Main Information Center and airport, while also assisting in the Torch Relay.

Gwangju 2015 organisers say the lessons they have learned will be applied to next year's Summer Universiade ©Gwangju 2015Gwangju 2015 organisers say the lessons they have learned will be applied to next year's Summer Universiade ©Gwangju 2015

Choi Jin-Ee, a member of the Gwangju 2015 competition management department, has been lending a hand at the information centre in the Athletes' Village.

She said: "Being here on-site is a great opportunity to get first-hand experience of the actual Games and is helpful in building up the ability to handle certain situations that can occur during the competitions.

"After getting back, I will do my best to provide the best possible condition for the athletes at the Gwangju Universiade, so that they may be able to achieve good results."

Organisers of the Summer Universiade, due to take place from July 3 to 14, say the experience they have gained will be "reflected on the plans being made for the Gwangju Universiade to prepare for a successful event".

As part of their presence at the Asian Games, they are manning a promotional house outside the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium in an effort to build momentum and excitement ahead of next year's event.

Meanwhile, test events for five sports have already been held, with more planned for early next year.