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Volume 16 (AUG 2022)

The countdown has started. There are fewer than 80 days until the 2027 Summer World University Games (2027 WUG) host city election.

Last month, the Chungcheong Megacity 2027 World University Games Bid Committee (2027CMBC) successfully finished a technical inspection made by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). There is confidence that the goddess of victory will cast a vote for Chungcheong on election day.

This newsletter, usually published on the 20th of every month, is brought to you a little later this time to include news stories on the evaluation visit and the atmosphere here in Chungcheong when we welcomed the FISU committee.

The newsletter also looks forward to celebrating the International Day of University Sport on September 20.
Publicized by 2027CMBC 

Highlight: Interview with Yoon-suk KIM, Secretary General of 2027CMBC
Only Chungcheong is ready
A sufficient budget, a welcoming atmosphere, and successful Universiade experience
August 3 was a day of excitement and cheer for people in Chungcheong and the 2027CMBC.

The Ministry of Economy and Finance of the Republic of Korea approved the Chungcheong Megacity 2027 WUG bid after deliberation by the International Event Review Committee.

“The approval means that the central Korean Government has recognised the necessity and appropriateness of hosting the 2027 Summer World University Games in Chungcheong and that the 2027 Games will become an official project carried out by the Korean Government if we are awarded the Games,” said the secretary general of 2027CMBC, Yoon-suk Kim.

“It also signifies that all domestic approval processes, which have been carried out since April last year, are finally ended.”

The Korean Government approved approximately €440 million for the 2027 WUG.

From this, 80 per cent of the budget comes from central and local Governments, with the remaining 20 per cent sourced from sponsors and Games profits, including ticket sales and participation fees.

The budget accounts for the direct expenses required for the Games operation. The construction of road networks, facilities and the FISU Games Village will be carried out separately as part of a national project.

The Games Village development plan, which includes 3,500 apartment units, has already been confirmed.

As with the 2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade, the Games Village, which will be built into new apartment complexes, will create a new, eco-responsible, functional neighbourhood for the benefit of the Chungcheong community once the Games are over.
“What determines the stability of a mega-scale international event organisation is money,” said secretary general Yoon-suk Kim.

“To put it straightforwardly, no money, no Games.

“With this final approval from the Ministry of Economy and Finance, we can say that all preparations for the 2027 WUG are complete.”

Securing Games sponsorship is also looking promising as global giants, including Samsung, LG and Hyundai, are very likely to participate in the sponsorship programme.

Thirty-six Korean companies joined the sponsorship programmes of the 2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade, which contributed to the successful operation of the Games.

Another clear advantage Chungcheong has over other host and candidate cities is Korea's easy entry procedure into the country, while providing the highest standards of security, safety and convenience.

Unfortunately, there are many cases where athletes had to withdraw their participation from Games due to visa issues,” said Kim.

“Chungcheong and Korea are ready to help and encourage the participation of athletes from many countries across the globe, and connect students around the world through sport.” 

Kim also pointed out the strength of the team at 2027CMBC. It is made up of experts who understand the value of university sport and the World University Games as they organised the 2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade. This was viewed as a legendary World University Games that recorded the lowest cost and highest efficiency Games ever.

We have the DNA of success, and we have the ability to cope with and solve unpredictable obstacles that may come along the way,” said Kim. “I assure you that the 2027 Summer World University Games will emerge as a new legend in Chungcheong.”

Bidding Progress

Chungcheong Megacity impresses the FISU Games Summer Inspection Team
"Thank you very much for the warm welcome here,” said FISU’s Acting President Leonz Eder on his visit to Chungcheong with the Evaluation Committee.

“Your bid for hosting the FISU World University Games 2027 is another milestone in the long history between Korea and FISU.

“We have seen all your preparations for the bid. We have read the report from our Technical Committee which was here weeks ago, and saw how enthusiastic and dedicated you are to your bid.

“I wish you all the best and thank you for all you did in the past and what you will deliver in the future.”

Following the FISU technical visit last month, the FISU Evaluation Committee composed of Eder, vice-president Marian Dymalski, secretary general Eric Saintrond and director of the FISU Summer Games Jing Zhao. They arrived in Chungcheong on August 26 with welcoming banners and placards adding a warm festive atmosphere to the Chungcheong streets.

In a token of appreciation for their visit, 2027CMBC prepared a very meaningful gift - a lacquer box and a scroll inscribed with one million signatures of Chungcheong citizens who gave their names in support of the bid.

FISU Student Committee member Kyung-eun Lee and FISU student ambassador Min-joo Kim presented the gift to Eder.

As of August 22, 1.4 million people have given their signatures, far exceeding the targeted one million signatures. It shows the Korean people's aspiration to host the 2027 WUG.

On the same day, the Mayor of Daejeon Metropolitan City, Jang-woo Lee, the Mayor of Sejong City Min-ho Choi, Chungcheongbuk-do Province Governor Young-hwan Kim and Chungcheongnam-do Province vice governor Pil-young Lee greeted the delegation at a welcome dinner.

Vice-president of the Korean Sports and Olympic Committee, Byong-jin You, and secretary general of the 2027CMBC Yoon-suk Kim, were also present.

On the following two days, the committee held presentation sessions at the Government Complex Sejong and were shown around sporting and non-sporting venues. This included Daejeon World Cup Stadium, where the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be held, Yi Sun-sin Gymnasium and the Chungnam National University Sejong Hospital.

The Committee checked for improvements on the items mentioned at the technical inspection last month, before departing on August 31.

IDUS 2022

Do not miss the fun! Let's IDUS 2022
Chungcheong offers its best wishes to the university sport community for the International Day of University Sport (IDUS)! To further build the spirit of IDUS on September 20, Chungcheong has organised activities and would like to invite you to be part of something big!
A relay video challenge will be put together by the universities in Chungcheong. All you need to do for this challenge is bring your excitement for the IDUS, and provide encouragement for the Chungcheong 2027 WUG bid. Fun ideas to spice up your video are welcome and it can be shared on social media to share with the world!

There will also be other fun events to celebrate the IDUS and promote Chungcheong’s 2027 WUG bid, including the AR filter video event.

This has made a comeback from last year. To participate, you need to make a fun video using the basketball and swimming AR filter on the 2027 Chungcheong Instagram page, and post it on your own Instagram account. The best videos will win prizes with the event open until September 20.

A quiz was also run on Facebook and Instagram until August 31. Players had to find letters to complete a missing word or phrase.

I hope you can play, celebrate, and Let's IDUS with us for a world where sports unites.

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