The much-talked-about World Scout Jamboree 2023 Saemangeum is coming to a close today after a series of twists and turns.
Controversial from the start, the Jamboree was widely criticized for its gross mismanagement throughout the event, leaving some people with scars that cannot be washed away.
One of the main victims was soccer.
It all started when the government and Jamboree organizers announced on the 11th that the K-pop concert and closing ceremony, which had been planned for the entire campsite, would be held at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium, close to the venue.
Coincidentally, Jeonju World Cup Stadium was scheduled to host the 2023 Hana Won Q FA Cup semifinals between Jeonbuk Hyundai and Incheon United on the 9th and the 26th round of the Hana Won Q K League 1 between Jeonbuk Hyundai and Suwon Samsung on the 12th.
However, the unilateral decision by the government and organizers has caused chaos in the football world.
Home team Jeonbuk was unable to play its scheduled two-game homestand this week, while Incheon, which had traveled to play in the FA Cup, was forced to stay nearby.
Jeonbuk Hyundai head coach Petrescu expressed his shock at the news, calling it “something I’ve never experienced in my life.”
The Korean Football Association and the KFA were also unable to make clear and quick decisions about the sudden rescheduling, leaving them scrambling.
The K League schedule for Jeonbuk and Suwon, which was scheduled to take place on the 12th, will go ahead as normal, as the concert venue was moved to Seoul World Cup Stadium due to the northerly movement of Typhoon Kanun. However, fans who had booked tickets to watch the country’s most prestigious competition, the FA Cup, and the home team, Jeonbuk, had to bear the brunt of the disruption.
The lameness continued. Fearing damage from Typhoon Kanun’s northward movement, the government and organizers moved the concert to the Seoul World Cup Stadium, adding fuel to the fire for home team FC Seoul.
FC Seoul’s home stadium, the Seoul World Cup Stadium, is transformed into a concert venue during the height of the season, causing damage to the grass.
After a large-scale event like a K-pop concert, it’s inevitable that the grass will be damaged, especially in the hot August months, which is not a good time for grass growth. This can have a negative impact on the performance of the home team, Seoul, as well as the away team. If the grass interferes with the normal progress of the game, the damage will be borne by the club and the fans.바카라사이트
After the disruption, the 2023 Saemangeum World Scout Jamboree has come to an end. Through this event, there was a unified voice from the political sphere, including President Yoon Seok-yul, who said, “Let’s do our best to ensure that the jamboree members who visited Korea return home with good memories.”
We must not forget that what may have been a good memory for some, was a deep wound for others.