Wonju High School Athletes Win 4 Medals at the 102nd National Sports Festival… urgent measures

▲ On the 14th, the closing ceremony of the 102nd National Sports Festival was held at the Citizens’ Stadium in Gumi, Gyeongsangbuk-do.

At the 102nd National Sports Festival (hereinafter referred to as the National Sports Festival), which was recently closed by Wonju High School players, only two silver medals and two bronze medals were awarded.

The 102nd National Sports Festival was held in 12 cities and counties in Gyeongsangbuk-do from the 8th to the 14th. This year, only the high school games related to the university entrance exam were held in the aftermath of Corona 19. Wonju high school players competed in shooting (air pistol) and judo team events. Hyeonseung Lee (Daeseong High School) and Hyebin Choi (Yeongseo High School) only won a silver medal, respectively. Hyeonseung Lee and Hyebin Choi also contributed to winning the medal in the national team event this time, and there is a story that Wonju would have been virtually unrelated without them.

For the past three years, Wonju High School athletes have won 6 silver medals, 12 bronze medals in 2017 △ 6 silver medals, 3 bronze medals in 2018 △ 1 gold medal, 3 silver medals, and 4 bronze medals in 2019. In the aftermath of Corona 19, the national sports event was not held. In the meantime, Wonju won surprise medals in weightlifting and individual competitions, which were called the filial piety events, and solidified the position of Wonju athletics. The red light was turned on. Due to Corona 19, there was no place to train, and as national competitions for each event were postponed or canceled, there was a problem with the players’ skills. It is also known that there have been cases where the sense of practicality greatly decreased after taking a few days off from exercise due to self-quarantine.

▲ On the 14th, the closing ceremony of the 102nd National Sports Festival was held at the Citizens' Stadium in Gumi, Gyeongsangbuk-do.
▲ On the 14th, the closing ceremony of the 102nd National Sports Festival was held at the Citizens’ Stadium in Gumi, Gyeongsangbuk-do.

A leader in Wonju said, “It was not an easy situation in the aftermath of Corona 19,” and “It would not have been easy for players to achieve results, especially since the National Sports Festival was held without spectators and the competition period was limited.” Another leader said, “Popular sports are The competition is fierce and they try not to do unpopular sports, so front-line schools are in serious trouble.” He said, “We think this is an opportunity to improve our grades again, and Wonju athletes should come together and come up with a plan to develop players.” There were not many competitions this year, so the players’ skills probably didn’t go up properly,” he said.

Gwi-seop Han

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