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27 May 2015 | in Universiade 2015, Summer Universiade, Multisports

Gwangju Universiade Torch Relay: Flame arrives in Korea


Kuo Hsing-Chun, 2013 Kazan Universiade female weightlifting gold medalist, running in the streets of Taipei carrying the Universiade TorchGWANGJU - The Universiade flame has landed in Korea on 24 May for the Gwangju 2015 torch relay after being flown from Paris via Taipei. The flame was lit in a very special ceremony at Paris-Sorbonne University and had travelled to Taipei, the host city of the 2017 Summer Universiade.

The Gwangju Universiade Organizing Committee (GUOC) held a ceremony to welcome the torch in Incheon International Airport on the day of arrival.

Secretary-General Kim Yoon-suk said "We sincerely appreciate the Gwangju Universiade torch relay team for carrying the flame by traveling over 19,000 kilometers." Kim added "A torch will be lit in Korea and will unite with the torch lit from Paris. Once the two torches meet, it will light up the whole nation as the torch bearers run across the country. In July, the torch will spark the flames of the youth around the world in Gwangju."

The torch lit from Paris will be unified with another torch that will be lit on June 2 at Jangbuljae, Mudengsan in Gwangju.

The torch relay in Korea will start on 4 June, departing from the GUOC headquarters and passing through 17 cities and 60 venues (51 local governments, 9 universities) for 22 days.

K-pop celebrities such as Sooyoung of Girls' Generation, Jei of Fiestar and NC.A will run as torch bearers.

The GUOC also plans to hold special torch relay events at nine cultural attractions nationwide including Sungsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Park) in Jeju, the Metasequoia Road in Juknokwon (Bamboo Garden) in Damyang, Andong Hahoe Folk Village and Jeonju Hanok Village.

The torch will travel some 3,700 kilometers before reaching the Universiade's main stadium on July 3.


Samsung Electronics sponsors Gwangju Universiade as Global Premium Partner

The tech-giant Samsung Electronics joins the Gwangju Universiade as an official partner

The tech-giant Samsung Electronics has also joined the Gwangju Universiade as an official partner. On 22 May, GUOC and Samsung Electronics have signed a partnership agreement through which the company has agreed to provide consumer electronics goods for the Universiade.

The signing ceremony took place at the Gwangju City Hall participated by the GUOC President Yoon Jang-hyun, the committee Secretary-General Kim Yoon-suk, Samsung Electronics' President and CEO Yoon Boo-keun and the company's President of the Corporate Communications Team Rhee In-yong.

The electronics giant will join the Universiade as one of "Global Premium Partners", the highest level for a sponsor. It will supply the Universiade with around 9,000 appliances, such as air conditioners, TVs, refrigerators, computers and mobile phones in major venues including the Athletes’ Village.


(Source: GUOC)