2019 Scandal: Prosecutors Raid Gwangju Mayor’s Offices

South Korean prosecutors have raided the offices of Kang Un-tae, the major of Gwangju, in connection with allegations that he forged the signatures of both former Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik and former Culture Minister Choe Kwang-sik in the city’s bid document to host the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships

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South Korean prosecutors have raided the offices of Kang Un-tae, the major of Gwangju, in connection with allegations that he forged the signatures of both former Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik and former Culture Minister Choe Kwang-sik in the city’s bid document to host the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships

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SwimFanFinland

I consider it decided. After this South Korea can’t hold the meeting and it would be very bad for swimming as well. I don’t understand what’s wrong with Japanese bids? Japanese have been major contributors for swimming for a long time and they can do these things. Let’s move the 2019 Aquatic Worlds from South Korea to Tokyo.

aswimfan

If they move it to Tokyo that would be fantastic, more exposure,
AS LONG AS they don’t use SEIKO as the official timing sponsor, and remain with Omega.

Bill Bell

What’s wrong w Seikp? I see their results posted on Japanese Fed website all the time and they look ok to me.

What’s heartbreaking is that one of the richest nations on earth (USA) can’t find a suitable venue to host championships despite major U.S, citie falling all over themselves
to try and host the Olympics,

For shame, U.S. Swimming, for shame!

Pradeep Kumar

Unbelievable and unheard of. Forging the signature is is a big fraud.

aswimfan

Bill Bell,

Have you forgotten about the timing/start pad fiasco of 2001 Fukuoka?
where some swimmers or teams were DQed and then reinstated because the timing showed that they were DQed although the video footage showed that they didn’t at all.

The timing sponsor was Citizen/Seiko.

I’m sure they will not repeat the fiasco, but still, it leaves some scar.

Craig Lord

Bill, Seiko screwed up big time in 2001… they would have to be much better.

and as for US Swimming… and this applies to Swimming Australia and others too: they have to work in the market: the costs of hosting a world l/c event are prohibitive in the domestic democratic system right now… many communities/cities struggling to maintain hospitals and other key services cannot justify many tens of millions hosting a swimming event…

Australia offered a price for broadcast rights but FINA preferred to stick with its price level and not have swimming showed in Australia. There is serious long-term risk in such a strategy.

SwimFanFinland

If FINA did that it is very risky indeed.

I have mentioned this already before but I have witnessed what such a strategy caused for a cross-country skiing in Finland. It has been a very popular winter sport for a long time here. Most of the meetings moved behind the curtain of pay TV which resulted in the collapse of the number of TV spectators. Eventually the sport has lost a lot of ground and, in addition to that, it led also to the collapse of the market value of cross country skiing. Who wants to sponsor something that no one watch?

Finnish public broadcaster started to show biathlon instead of cross country skiing on its free channels (always live) due to losing cross-country skiing to the pay TV. Now biathlon is very popular in Finland. By the way, we have much to learn from the biathlon which is the most popular winter sport in Europe, with over 500 million TV viewers.

So the key for the success is visibility and a world-wide coverage. Always!

The process of losing your ground doesn’t happen overnight though. There is still time to correct such a horrible mistakes and that cannot happen never again!

aswimfan

I didn’ t know that Australia actually offered a price.

Wow… this is a major misstep by FINA

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