Korea’s largest athletic competition, the National Sports Festival, will be held in Seoul as it celebrates its 100th anniversary in October, 2019. The 39th National Para Games is also scheduled to be held in Seoul in the same month. The National Sports Festival will be held from October 4-7, 2019 mainly at Jamsil Sports Complex and at 69 stadiums throughout Seoul with over 30,000 participating athletes including 17 city/province teams and 18 overseas Korean teams.
The National Para Grams will commence on October 15, 2019 for five days at Jamsil Sports Complex and 32 stadiums throughout Seoul, and 8,500 athletes, staff and guardians are expected to take part in this sporting event.
Seoul is the birthplace of the National Sports Festival and the host of the event on its 100th anniversary, and the competition that connects a century of history with the future of sports will be held under the theme of ‘Peace, harmony and moving sports festival created by Seoul citizens.’ The competition emblem and mascot that encompass the significance of the 100th competition and its celebration in Seoul were also announced.
Unlike previous National Sports Festivals, Seoul plans to place emphasis on highlighting the role and significance of the National Sports Festival throughout the one-hundred-year history of sports in Korea as well as the promotion of taking a step forward as a friendly competition for all people to engage in. North Korean athletes will take part in this upcoming event in hopes that the National Sports Festival will establish amicable relations on the Korean peninsula.
To ensure success of the competition in gathering the capacity of the 10 million citizens through the Organizing Committee and Citizen Committee, Seoul has chosen five major areas for promotion and preparations for the competition: ① the 100th commemorative sports festival that connects history with future, ② a peaceful North-South sports festival that will open the way of peace on the Korean peninsula, ③ a citizen participatory sports festival that is created by the spirit of citizens, ④ a global sports festival held together with sister cities, foreigners and foreign students, and ⑤ a moving sports festival prepared to offer devoted hospitality.
First, for ① the 100th commemorative sports festival that connects history with future, the city plans to promote symbolic events that publicize the history and significance of a century of sports and connect history with future as a commemorative competition.
Second, to actualize ② a peaceful North-South sports festival that will open the way of peace on the Korean peninsula, Seoul endeavors to create a means for realistic participation of the North following the proposal for a Seoul-Pyongyang competition that was made in February 2018.
Third, to promote ③ a citizen participatory sports festival that is created by the spirit of citizens, the city plans to advance with 29 projects in 10 fields that promote citizen participation and create a foundation of 10,000 volunteers for the event. Seoul will push forward with the torch relay that will connect citizens throughout the nation and include public figures of various fields and regions as torchbearers.
Fourth, for the realization of ④ a global sports festival held together with sister cities, foreigners and foreign students, Seoul will invite sister cities’ celebration teams to the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the main events in addition to the formation of a team of foreign athletes residing in Korea for rounds of extra games during the festival and offer foreigners and foreign students the opportunity to volunteer in the competition.
Fifth, to hold ⑤ a moving sports festival prepared to offer devoted hospitality, Seoul plans to offer visitors lodging and meals in addition to clean environments and convenient transportation to enjoy the tastes and interests of Seoul before safely returning home. The city will focus on safe event operations through disinfections, close observations for infectious diseases and joint inspections with related organizations of all stadiums and facilities.
Seoul will promote the five major areas and hold a clock tower unveiling ceremony at Seoul Plaza on December 8, 2018 in honor of the D-300th day to countdown the days to the competition. The city will also host timely events to publicize the significance of the competition.
At the Forest Trail of Ttukseom Hangang Park, visitors can enjoy the open view of Hangang Park together with a forest of cypress trees. The ‘Healing Forest’ that is surrounded by 600 cypress trees offers phytoncide-filled air and a view of the Hangang River. Step out of the Healing Forest and pass the Rose Garden to arrive at ‘Lovers’ Street,’ a path that has barely enough space for two people to walk along at the same time.
To visit the forest trail, take Exit 2 of Ttukseom Resort Station (Line 7) to pass through Ttukseom Underpass and arrive at Hangang Park.
□ (The 100th National Sports Festival) The number 100 of a Moebius style and the ‘S-shaped’ torch that simultaneously symbolizes the ‘S’ in Seoul commend the limitless advancement of Korean sports and celebrates the 100th competition in Seoul