The news of the sudden resignation of Korea Curling Federation President Kim Yong-bin, heard on the 3rd, is creating an aftermath. Chairman Kim expressed his intention to resign to the federation for reasons such as difficulties in company management, and came down without completing the term of office of the chairman, which remained for about two years.
Chairman Kim is said to have suddenly announced his intention to resign on the morning of the 3rd. Chairman Kim suffered for a while as his chairman companies, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and Construction and Hankook Technology, were embroiled in various controversies. Chairman Kim also revealed his resignation, saying, “I can no longer put pressure on curling and curling people due to my business affairs.”
The problem is the international events that Chairman Kim attracts. During the time of Chairman Kim, the Curling Federation hosted the Mixed Doubles and Senior Curling World Championships to be held in Gangneung in April and the World Curling Federation General Assembly to be held in Seoul in September. However, it is also a challenge whether the two events can be held normally in the absence of the president.
‘Due to parent company problems’… Susansa of the curling federation that followed
Korean Curling’s ‘president vacancy’ nightmare recurred in two years. After the PyeongChang Winter Olympics was difficult due to the designation of the Korea Sports Council as a managed event group following the vacancy in 2017, Chairman Kim Jae-hong took office after the Olympics, but he suddenly resigned in 2020, leading to an acting system for nearly a year.
In 2021, Chairman Kim Yong-bin was elected after an election dispute, and the Curling Federation wanted to walk the path of normalization. As soon as Chairman Kim was appointed, he changed the name of the Korea Curling Federation to the Korea Curling Federation and promised renewal. In addition, through long-term field training support for national players, Gangneung City Hall’s ‘Team Kim’ players were able to participate in the Olympics for the second time in a row.
In particular, with the power of the federation, it succeeded in attracting international competitions and World Curling Federation Seoul general meetings to be held in Korea, and the Korea Curling Federation, which had been in the ‘sick person’ in the winter sports administration, and furthermore, the voice that Korean curling can make in the sports world. It was evaluated that it was raised.
But the problem is the management of the chairman. News was heard that the chairman, such as Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and Construction, was experiencing difficulties such as delayed payment of wages and payment, while several controversies arose over the professional basketball team acquired by the chairman’s affiliate. In the end, in April of last year, news spread that the prosecution was investigating him for violating the Capital Market Act, and in December of the same year, the union demanded his resignation.
In the end, right after the year passed, Chairman Kim Yong-bin announced his intention to resign voluntarily, and the two years of companionship came to an unpleasant end. In particular, since then-Chairman Kim Jae-won resigned eight years ago when members of the National Assembly were banned from concurrently serving as the head of a sports organization, they had to continue the awkward jinx of Korean curling, where not a single headman could fill his term.
3 months ahead of the world championship hosted by Korea… need to prepare measures
The problem is that former chairman Kim’s resignation was done at the point before 3 months before the gangneung mix double · Senior Curling World Championships held. In the case of the Gangneung World Championships, the organizing committee was organized by the Korea Curling Federation and Gangneung City in October last year, but the vacancy of the head of the Korea Curling Federation, which will play a pivotal role in hosting the tournament, is bound to be a big problem.토토
In particular, ahead of the World Championships, it is difficult to organize sponsorships due to the unfamiliarity of the mixed doubles and senior curling events themselves. In particular, with the Korea Curling Federation facing an unprecedented situation without a ‘hostess’ to greet guests with just over 100 days ahead of this competition, a red light was turned on whether or not the competition would be held normally.
In addition, the Korea Curling Federation, such as the Seoul General Assembly of the World Curling Federation in September, which was hosted by Chairman Kim, and the 2024 Winter Youth Olympics in Gangwon, are also approaching a number of issues that the Korea Curling Federation should pay attention to as a ‘hostess’. There are also concerns that if the resignation of the president’s vacancy is prolonged, the status of Korean curling may fall rather by returning the childish general meeting.
However, regarding the problem caused by the vacancy of the president and the president, an official from Gangneung City said, “Currently, practical work continues.” It doesn’t seem likely,” he said.
In addition, an official from Gangneung City said, “Chairman Kim put a lot of effort into the bid, but there are rather many problems that need to be solved in practice after the bid,” adding, “I will work with the federation working-level staff to ensure that the tournament goes well.” revealed
Acting-in-chief confirmed and confirmed by-election… Need for quick stability
The Korean Sports Association also stepped in to address the vacancy of the president. On the 6th, the Korea Sports Council approved the acting president and demanded that a by-election be held within 60 days. The person who took over the duties of the chairman is Chung Gwi-seop, the permanent vice chairman. Acting Vice Chairman Jeong Gwi-seop was approved in accordance with the regulations for appointing acting positions in the order of seniority.
After being discharged from the military, Gwi-seop Jeong, former head of the sports unit in the Armed Forces Sports Unit, served as executive director of the Korea Swimming Federation and training manager for the national team of the Korea Sports Association. In particular, he played a practical role in the process of hosting the World Championships and the World Federation General Assembly last year, so he is an appropriate person to lead the practical work of holding the Winter Games and World Championships amidst difficulties.
In addition, the Korea Curling Federation must hold a presidential by-election by March 7 to appoint a person who will serve the term until early 2025, the remaining term of President Kim. In particular, during the remaining two years, the World Championships and the Winter Youth Olympics have to be worked on, so even though it is a short period, the weight is heavy.
After all, it is the time when we need a quick stabilization of the sudden chaos. Correspondingly, the Korea Curling Federation plans to convene a general meeting of the board of directors and delegates sooner or later to normalize the leadership so that the sudden vacancy of the president will not be prolonged.