From 2.1 Billion Won to 0… Full Cut to Go Budget

While the ruling and opposition parties agreed on a 657 trillion won budget, controversy is brewing over the withdrawal of Go-related associations among organizations affiliated with the Korea Sports Association, which are called “full budget cuts.”

According to the Cookie News report on the 21st, the budget for next year’s “Korea Baduk Association,” an organization that operates state-funded projects for the purpose of spreading Baduk infrastructure and creating a healthy living and sports ecosystem, has been confirmed to be “0 won.” Industry officials say that it is very unusual for an organization that received 2.162 billion won in government subsidies this year to receive a “total cut” rather than a partial cut in the budget.

Lee Sang-hun of the Democratic Party of Korea, who chairs the National Assembly’s Culture, Sports and Tourism Committee, said, “The Ministry of Strategy and Finance will not reflect this year’s sports competition budget in the name of ‘government policy’.

The Go budget has been on the rise since the “Baduk Promotion Act” was passed by the extraordinary National Assembly on March 30, 2018. In 2021, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced the “Basic Plan for the Promotion of Baduk,” which also included the provision of 9.8 billion won in state funds for the construction of a stadium dedicated to Go. As a result, the amount was invested in the project to relocate the Korea Foundation, which is being promoted by Uijeongbu City in Gyeonggi Province.

The Korea Baduk Association is a Baduk organization that includes professional Go players such as Shin Jin-seo, the world’s No. 1 Go player, and the government’s subsidy was KRW 1.71 billion this year, but it will receive KRW 1.5 billion next year, a cut of about 200 million. 메이저 토토사이트

This contrasts with ssireum, another sport with a promotion law, receiving 6.6 billion won in government subsidies, the same as this year. Likewise, traditional martial arts with a promotion law have also received 1.5 billion won in government subsidies, the same as this year. The same 150 million won was allocated to traditional cultural sports as the previous year.

Meanwhile, some point out that the “president’s impeachment case” is the beginning of the Korea Baduk Association’s full budget cut of 2.162 billion won. This is because the policy has been to reduce government subsidies to organizations that have legal disputes or caused incidents and accidents.

Seo Hyo-seok, a former chairman of the Korea Baduk Association who took office in March 2022, stepped down without completing his term as the “distrust” agenda was passed after a delegate vote at an extraordinary general meeting in July this year. Seo, who lost his chairmanship after an unprecedented “impeachment” wave, has filed an injunction against Chung Bong-soo, the current chairman of the Korea Baduk Association.

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