12th WUC Badminton Preparations on Track

Gwangju – Korea, July 16: WUC Badminton, Roger Johansson, FISU Technical Chair for Badminton, gave a positive thumbs-up to the 2012 Gwangju World University Badminton Championship preparations.

Mr. Johansson recently visited Gwangju to check preparations for the upcoming 12th World University Badminton Championship, which will be held in the city this November. Following a meeting with the Organizing Committee, he visited the two main competition venues, Yeomju Gymnasium and Bitgoeul Gymnasium, as well as the hotel where the athletes will stay.

The meeting included presentations by Badminton Korea Association Vice President Cho Won-gyu and Gwangju Badminton Association Managing Director Lee Jun-jae detailing the ongoing championship preparations, and consultations and discussions with experts in staging badminton events.

After inspecting all the major facilities, Mr. Johansson expressed his satisfaction, commenting that they all reach the required standards and the venues are spacious enough for athletes to enjoy the comfortable environment.

“It is well known how well Korean athletes performed in national sports events,” he added. “I believe this Gwangju World University Badminton Championship will contribute to the prospering of university sports, and would furthermore provide valuable experience when preparing for the 2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade.”

Mr. Johansson was assisted by volunteers from the Universiade Foreign Language School throughout his stay in Gwangju, and visited tourist attractions such as Mt. Mudeung and Soswaewon gardens, in addition to experiencing some of the distinctive tastes and cultures of Gwangju.

One organizing committee official said: “Through this inspection, the preparation process can be double-checked and so any appropriate further measures be instigated. We will prepare this championship thoroughly to ensure the event is top class.”

The 2012 Gwangju World University Badminton Championship will be held this November, for 6 days from the 6th to the 11th at Yeomju and Bitgoeul gymnasiums. The Championship will feature around 250 athletes from 20 different countries. —- FISU

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