Construction Work Begins on Sports Complex for Athletes With a Disability, Thanks to Government Support
This project is funded by a US$34.5 million investment from central government and US$13.5 million from the Federation of Korean Industries. Construction will be completed in 2009. The complex will host accommodation for 140 elite athletes with a disability, training facilities and office space for staff.
Covering an area of 184,000 square meters, the sports facilities at the complex will include four indoor gymnasiums and an outdoor track. There will be training facilities for basketball, tennis, table tennis, judo, fencing, weightlifting, swimming and ice sports.
Jang Hyang-sook, president of KOSAD said: ”We are grateful for the support of the government and private sponsors which have made the development of this new sports complex possible. The outstanding new facilities will make a big difference to athletes with a disability in Korea, enabling them to train in an optimum environment.”
Han Seung-soo, Chairman of the PyeongChang 2014 Bid Committee said:
“The development of this new sports complex for athletes with a disability will be extremely helpful for Korean athletes if PyeongChang is selected to host the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. PyeongChang is committed to increasing participation and interest in Paralympic Winter sport in the years leading up to 2014 through the PrePara-X program, resulting in outstanding Paralympic Winter Games for all to enjoy.”
And he added: “The government has made a considerable investment in the new sports complex for athletes with a disability and the ‘Drive the Dream’ program to develop Korean athletes across a wide range of winter sports. These measures will help ensure that Korean athletes are ready to compete to the highest standards in their home country, if PyeongChang hosts in 2014.”
The ‘Prepara-X’ project, a comprehensive seven year preparatory program leading up to the Paralympic Winter Games, will have a US$ 15.3 million budget. The key components are promoting participation in winter sports for people with a disability, projects to increase the interest of the public and media in Paralympic winter sport, and hosting international events.
Later in 2007 the International Paralympic Committee Congress will be held in Seoul, giving a further boost to the promotion of Paralympic sport in Korea.