A screening committee of the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) has approved Changwon’s bid to host the ISSF World Shooting Championship in 2018, the city government announced on Aug. 22.
The committee made the approval, citing that Changwon has hosted the World Cup Shooting Championship as many as five times, a city official said. As a result, Changwon has enough infrastructure which could help spread the sport, the official added.
He said the hosting of the 2018 World Shooting Championship will cost about 40 billion won, including 12 billion won which, Changwon has demanded, be set aside from state coffers. To this end, the city will conduct a feasibility study.
Plans to collect the money are subject to the approval by screening committees of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Ministry of Strategy and Finance. If approved, the money will be used to remodel Changwon Shooting Range.
The city will create a bid committee for the 2018 World Shooting Championship to woo support from officials of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF).
In June, the city submitted to the Korea Shooting Federation (KSF) an application to host the 2018 championship.
In a directors’ meeting on July 8, the KSF unanimously approved the applications.
The ISSF will select the venue for the 2018 World Shooting Championship in its general assembly which is scheduled to be held in London, Britain, on April 17 next year.
Mayor Park Wan-su first expressed his determination to host the shooting championship in April this year during a visit to Changwon by ISSF President Olegario Vazquez Rana.
During the visit, the ISSF president said, “I heard that Changwon plans to bid to host the World Shooting Championship. I’m very satisfied with facilities (in Changwon). Most of all, I think a big merit is that the shooting range is located in the central area of the city,” according to the official.