First ever to be held in Korea since 1978
Changwon has won the right to host the World Shooting Championship in 2018. The international sports festival will be the second World Shooting Championship to be held in Asia, as well as in Korea. Seoul hosted the championship in 1978.
After its general meeting in London, Britain, on April 16, the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) announced that Changwon was unanimously selected as the venue for the 2018 World Shooting Championship.
Before the scheduled vote, Maribo of Slovenia abandoned its bid to host the international sporting event. Citing superiority in geographic circumstances and rich experience as a power in shooting sport, Maribo competed with Changwon to the last minute.
Changwon, as a local autonomous government, made its bid for the international sporting event a success.
Changwon launched a bid to host the 2018 World Shooting Championship last year. Since then, Changwon has actively solicited support from ISSF member states at international shooting contests and other events, noting that Changwon, with a world-class shooting range, has served as a center of shooting sports in Korea, a city spokesman said. In addition, there are Changwon-based professional football, baseball and basketball clubs. Football, baseball and basketball are among Korea’s most popular sports.
In particular, Changwon received high praise as it successfully hosted not only the Asian Games shooting event but also the World Cup shooting championship as many as five times, the spokesman said.
Delegates also publicized that Changwon’s shooting range is the only shooting range in the world, which is capable of holding all events of the ISSF World Shooting Championship.
ISSF President Olegario Vazquez Rana expressed support for Changwon’s bid to host the championship during his visit to the city last month. He praised Changwon’s facilities and infrastructure for shooting sports when he attended the World Cup shooting championship held in Changwon last year.
Such moves served as a decisive factor to have Maribo drop its bid for the 2018 World Shooting Championship, the spokesman said.
What also contributed to Changwon’s winning of the right to host the championship was its successful hosting of large-scale international events such as the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Wetlands and the 10th session of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
In his presentation at the London meeting, Mayor Park Wan-su said Changwon was ready to make the 2018 World Shooting Championship the highest-level event ever held in the world by transforming the existing stadium into a state-of-the-art facilities combined with accommodations, shopping and cultural experiences.
The mayor said Changwon’s hosting of the championship will contribute to upgrading Korea’s brand value as a global sport power and revival of Korean economy.
He said Changwon will endeavor to make its hosting of the international sporting festival an occasion to help become a global city.
City officials said Changwon’s hosting of the World Shooting Championship will bring operating revenues of 2.2 billion won, production activities worth 82 billion won, and create 690 jobs.
The World Shooting Championship, the largest shooting competition in the world, takes place every four years. About 4,000 athletes from 110 countries will participate in the championship slated for August 2018. A total of 106 medals in 53 events are up for grabs.