Festival of life sportsmen held in Jeonbuk… Let’s get to know the Asia Pacific Masters￼
In May, the month of family, the Asia-Pacific Masters Championships (APMG) will be held in Jeonbuk.
The Asia-Pacific Masters, which will be held from the 12th to the 20th of this month, is an international scale comprehensive sports event targeting athletes for living.
Due to the short history of the event, it is true that the citizens of the island, excluding officials and participants, do not show much interest in the event compared to other international events.
Let’s learn more about the Asia-Pacific Masters ahead of the tournament with 10,000 participants from around the world.
Is it comparable to the Olympics and the World Cup?The Asia-Pacific Masters is an international sporting event recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Like the international competitions we commonly know, such as the Olympics and the World Cup, it is held once every four years.
As the name ‘Asia-Pacific’ suggests, participating countries are limited to Asia-Pacific countries.
In the Americas and Europe, competitions in which countries belonging to each continent participate are similarly held.
In addition, the ‘World Masters’ competition, in which countries all over the world participate, is held in both summer and winter.
This is the second Asia-Pacific Masters held in Jeonbuk, and the first tournament was held in Penang, Malaysia.
At the first event, 6,500 athletes from 65 countries competed in 22 events.
The event is expected to attract more than 14,000 participants.
It is larger in scale than the 11,000 athletes who participated in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Jeonbuk Province and the organizing committee emphasize that the Asia Pacific Masters is an international sports event comparable to the Olympics, World Cup and Asian Games, and ask for your interest and support.
Are sports events for life fun?The Asia-Pacific Masters is basically not much different from events in which elite players participate, such as the Olympics.
In this competition, 23 official events and 2 demonstration events were adopted.
Official events include soccer, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, badminton, tennis, golf, swimming, track and field, and many other popular sports.
In addition, demonstration sports are differentiated into park golf and gateball, which are increasingly participating in middle-aged and elderly people.
Unlike other international competitions in which people in their teens to 30s participate, the Asia-Pacific Masters does not discriminate against age, gender, or national sporting status.
Even if you are physically inferior, you can use your experience as a weapon to win against younger or bigger opponents than you do in other competitions.
The situation in which a country treats medals as its exclusive possession in a particular event can also result in a sufficiently different outcome at the Asia-Pacific Masters.
Unfortunately, like other international competitions, not all matches can be watched live.
Instead, you can watch the games at the stadiums of 14 cities and counties in Jeonbuk, and you can quickly access the news of the tournament through the organizing committee’s website or social network services (SNS) such as YouTube.
The opening ceremony is on the 13th… focus on safetyThe Asia Pacific Masters Opening Ceremony will be held at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on the 13th from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm.
It will be held on a similar scale to other 안전놀이터international sports events, including a ceremony, theme performance, entrance and oath of athletes, and lighting of the torch.
World-renowned former sports stars also attend to invigorate the competition.
First of all, Sergey Bubka, president of the International Masters Association (IMGA), is also active as a director of the World Association of Athletics Federations and is an Olympic hero who won 14 gold medals in the pole vault category.
In addition, Manuela di Centa, an IMGA member, won a cross-country gold medal at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics.
In addition, domestic sports stars Kim Dong-moon of badminton, Woo Ji-won of basketball, Lee Nam-yong of hockey, Lee Won-hee of judo, Jin Jong-oh of shooting, and table tennis on-site will also hold fan signing events.
Jeonbuk Provincial Government and the Organizing Committee of the Games, along with related organizations such as the Jeonbuk Police Agency and the Jeonbuk Fire Headquarters, visited the stadium where the event was held and checked the safety conditions.
In preparation for large crowds at multi-use facilities such as stadiums, accident response drills have also been completed.
Kim Kwan-yeong, governor of North Jeolla Province, who is in charge of organizing the event, said, “This event is a good opportunity to introduce Jeonbuk to the world.”