The Gwangju Universiade Organizing Committee (GUOC) held a mock awards ceremony and relevant on-the-job training on May 6 at the international conference hall of Kwangju Women's University, a GUOC representative said.
The event was planned to drive people's interest in the Universiade and to enhance the staff's ability to operate during the actual Universiade ceremonies, a GUOC representative said.
The committee officials, including Sports Division Director General Keum Gi-hyung, spoke in front of 400 participants including 200 students from the university and volunteers, a GUOC representative said. The training focused on the precedents of past international award ceremonies, Universiade ceremony planning, and uniform and grooming standards, a GUOC representative said.
Over 800 million won (US$704,000) was saved by receiving key ceremony equipment from the Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee and cutting down on design expenses for the Universiade medals, a GUOC representative said.
A total of 272 award ceremonies will take place during the Gwangju Universiade from July 4 to 14 at 19 different venues for the finals, a GUOC representative said. Around 400 people will work as supporters, flag bearers, awarding personnel, and make-up artists for the ceremonies, a GUOC representative said.
“All the staff members for the awarding ceremony are expected to play a significant role in the Universiade, with great pride in their task and giving a boost to the games,” said Song Soon-nam, GUOC Award Team Manager.