Republic of Korea
South Korean rowing is a story of recent
expansion when it comes to rowing in Asia.
Some of this growth stems from the Korean
government’s initiative to clean up its
country’s waterways and rowing is seen as a
representation of clean water practices.
On the back of this initiative Korea’s city of Chungju
has been chosen to host the 2013 World Rowing
Championships. This is the second time the World
Rowing Championships will have been held in Asia
and it is part of Korea’s desire to make their country
an Asian rowing hub.
The Korean government is supporting the sport as
it fits in well with their programme to revive their four
major rivers. Chungju’s Han River is the pilot venue.
The results of the 2010 Asian Games show how far
Korean rowing has come. Korea finished fifth overall at
the Games which are touted as the biggest sporting
event after the Olympic Games. The women especially
did well with Yeong Eun Shin finishing second in the
women’s single and Yoo Jin Ji taking silver in the
lightweight women’s single. Korea picked up a total
of six medals.
In early 2011 the Korean rowing team held a training
camp at the Sydney Olympic Regatta Course indicating
their commitment as they build towards competing at
the 2012 Olympic Games.
Myungshin Kim and Solji Kim
of South Korea win silver in
the Lightweight Women’s
Double Sculls at the 2010 Asian
Games in Guangzhou, China.