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The Seoul IBSA World Games Organizing Committee celebrated 30 days to go

Seoul 2015 IBSA World Games Celebration. Image credit: EJ Monica Kim

The Seoul IBSA World Games Organizing Committee celebrated 30 days to go until the start of the Games, showing willingness to host a successful event in Yeoiudo Hangang Park in Seoul, Korea on April 10-11.

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About 3000 attendee including the Organizing Committee, volunteers and civil participants participated in the celebration. The Organizing Committee emphasized the importance of the public’s attention to lead the Games successfully. South Korean actor and the goodwill ambassador for the IBSA World Games, Bo-Sung Kim attended to promote the event. He lost the vision in his left eye 13 years ago. The officials and volunteers also made a promise to try their best to prepare for the event.

In the try-out zone, Seoul citizens played goalball and football, while covering their eyes. They also learned how to read braille. “As the weather was warm and nice, so many people came to Yeoiudo Hangang Park. They said that it was a great time to understand people with a visual impairment, while trying out blind sports,” an official of the event said.

The 5th IBSA World Games will be held in Seoul, Korea between May 8 and 18. Seoul is the first Asian country to host the Games. About 3,000 blind athletes from 80 countries are expected to compete in ten sports: athletics, chess, football (B1, B2-B3), goalball, judo, powerlifting, showdown, tenpin bowling and swimming.

About EJ Monica Kim (41 Articles)
EJ Monica Kim completed B.A (Media and Communications) at The University of Sydney. She is a freelance journalist and writer at the International Paralympic Committee [IPC], based in Seoul, Korea.

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