The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism backs Gwangju to host a successful Universiade

With only 4 months left until the opening ceremony of the Universiade Gwangju 2015, representatives from the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism visited Gwangju to meet with the Gwangju 2015 Universiade Organizing Committee (GUOC) on March 5.

With only 4 months left until the opening ceremony of the Universiade Gwangju 2015, representatives from the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism visited Gwangju to meet with the Gwangju 2015 Universiade Organizing Committee (GUOC) on March 5.

The central government has created a task force with central government officials, Gwangju government officials, and GUOC staff members. The task force team is comprised of four subcommittees (i.e., tourism, PR, operational support, and culture & art). The meeting will be their first gathering to evaluate the preparations of the mega-sporting event by visiting venues and putting forward specific ideas on how the central government can assist the organizing committee.

The GUOC proposed for the government to increase the number of high-speed KTX train operations from twice a day to at least six times a day on the Incheon International Airport-Gwangju routes. Many more topics, such as purchasing Universiade tickets and assisting safety and security operations, were discussed at the meeting. Representatives from the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism expressed that they would fully support the majority of issues discussed.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism will organize tourism projects and cultural activities that are linked to the Gwangju Universiade. In addition, the ministry will actively promote the 28th Summer Universiade both online and offline.

"There are only four months until the Gwangju Universiade kicks off. As the mega-sporting event takes place in the Republic of Korea, it is important for the sports festival to be celebrated throughout the country. In order for everyone around the world to take part in the World University Games, it is essential to work closely with all areas and departments of the government." said KIM Chong, Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

A GUOC staff member commented, "Creating the Universiade Gwangju 2015 Task Force shows the government’s dedication to help Gwangju host a successful event. The GUOC is working hard to host the biggest event of the year and everything seems to be right on track."

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