September 21, 2017 13:07
A new training center for national athletes will officially open on Oct. 27 in Jincheon, North Chungcheong Province.
It will replace the Taeneung National Training Center in Seoul, which has served the national team since 1966. The new site is five times bigger at 1.59 million sq.m. and can accommodate three times more people at 1,150.
The move is scheduled to start on Oct. 20 and will require 120 five-ton trucks as well as several five-ton vibration-free vehicles for sensitive machines.
"Originally, we planned to move before the official opening," said Lee Jae-kun, who heads a relocation task force. "But in order to minimize disruption to athletes' training before the Korean National Sports Festival starts on Oct. 20, we postponed it as much as we could."
The entire move is expected to take 41 days.
CJ Korea Express won the removals job with a cut-price bid, but it is still going to cost over W100 million and require 1,200 movers. (US$1=W1,129)
Once the move is completed, only around 50 speed and short track skaters preparing for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang will stay in Taeneung.
The old center has to be demolished because it sits next to the Taeneung Royal Tomb, which was recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, but this will have to wait until after the winter Olympics.
Some sports figures are against demolition, saying the Taeneung center was the cradle of Korean elite sports and has its own historical significance.
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