The 2013 World Rowing Championships will be held on Lake Chungju in North Chungcheong Province from Aug. 25 to Sep. 1. Lake Chungju is Korea's largest artificial lake.
This is the second time that the World Rowing Championships is held in Asia, following the 2005 event in Japan. This year's event will be the largest ever, with over 2,300 people from 81 countries taking part.
Europe will have the largest contingent among 33 countries, followed by 21 countries in Asia, 12 from the Americas and Africa, and three from Oceania. Competitions will take place in a total of 27 disciplines -- 13 in men's, nine in women's, and five in the disabled category.
The opening ceremony will take place on Aug. 24 on the water stage against the backdrop of the scenic waterfront. The guests include UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is native of Chungju, Denis Oswald, president of the International Rowing Federation, and Yoo Jeong-bok, Korea's minister of security and public administration.
During the championships, over 100 buses will be in operation, connecting the airport and rowers' accommodation or the rowing stadium. The organizing committee has recruited over 800 volunteers to assist, guiding the delegation and the spectators and providing interpretation. The organizing committee expects over 8,000 spectators per day.