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Korea NOC announces opening of new national training centre

12 Jul 2017
Jincheon, Korea, July 12, 2017: A new training centre for Korea’s national team athletes will officially open in October, the country's top sports body has announced. The Korean Sport & Olympic Committee (KSOC) says the construction of the Jincheon National Training Center in Jincheon, North Chungcheong Province, is 89 per cent complete and will be finished no later than the end of September. 

The construction work began in February 2009, costing 513 billion won (US$443 million), reports Yonhap News Agency. Jincheon will replace the Taereung National Training Centre in Seoul that has been home to the country’s elite athletes and national team representatives since 1966.

Jincheon is already partially open to athletes, but will be three times larger than Taereung when it is fully ready to use. Taereung can host 450 athletes in 12 sports, but Jincheon will be able to accommodate 1,150 athletes in 35 sports, according to the KSOC.

"This is the birth of a top world-level athlete training centre, not just a move from Taereung to Jincheon," said Lee Jae-kun, chief of the national training centre. The KSOC said 16 sports, such as ice hockey, curling and speed skating, will start moving their training gear and equipment from mid-October. 

Athletes in eight other sports, such as rugby and cycling, will able to use the training centre for the first time.

Source: Yonhap News Agency
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