Korea ‘Has Pulled The Plug’ On Gwangju 2019 Funding

The plan of the Gwanju Pool that helped win the Korean swim federation the right to host the 2019 FINA World Championships on the back of forged signatures

The mayor of Gwangju is confident that the South Korean Government will fund the city’s hosting of the 2019 FINA World Championships despite a report that the Seoul regime has withdraw its financial support offer in the wake of forgery allegations

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The mayor of Gwangju is confident that the South Korean Government will fund the city’s hosting of the 2019 FINA World Championships despite a report that the Seoul regime has withdraw its financial support offer in the wake of forgery allegations

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aswimfan

my goodnews.. another scandal.
Swimming has fallen so fast that it relies on megapolitan world cities like kazan, guadalajara, kwangju to host the world championships

beachmouse

It’s almost tradition at this point that at least 50% of FINA World Aquatics Championships will involve some sort of major scandal or controversy, whether it’s in (doping- see Perth 1998) or out of (Rome 2009’s corruption arrests) the pool. It really is a cursed championship if you look at its history. Though, unlike Montreal 2005, at least fortunately no one’s turned up dead yet.

SwimFanFinland

FINA must set a clear deadline for solving the issue which is not too far away. If South Korea is not interested in having the meeting, it should be awarded to Tokyo. It’s not an option to have your competition amid public controversy.

Gwanju has over million citizens so it’s not megalopolis but not an one-horse town either. Let’s remember IAAF Worlds was organized by Daegu, I admit it’s double the size, so maybe it’s not a matter of concern to have these happenings outside Seoul in South Korea.

Some statistics about the number of citizens living in forthcoming host cities:

2015 Kazan, 1.1 million
2017 Guadalajara, 1.5 million
2019 Gwanju, 1.5 million
2021 Budabest 1.7 million

I don’t know why mid-sized hosts have been so successful recently. It’s worth noticing there have been options with larger populations. To be sure, one of the relentless bidders was Hong Kong/Guangzhou area and China just had the meeting. However, Tokyo was a viable alternative in lieu of Gwanju.

aswimfan

I prefer Tokyo than Gwangju, it would provide much larger coverage.

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