|▲ CWNU field where the 2022 Athletic Meeting was held|
The Changwon National University Sports Festival began in May. With the pandemic of COVID-19 commencing in 2020, it was impossible to proceed with the Sports Event along with other events. However, as restrictions regarding social distancing and wearing outdoor masks have been eased at this time, it has become possible to hold an Athletic Meeting. Therefore, preliminary rounds of Soccer, Dodgeball, Kickball, and Foot volleyball have been underway since May, and sports festivals for each college are to be held and operated in earnest from the second or third weeks.
The sports competitions to be held by colleges are Soccer, Dodgeball, Kickball, and Foot Volleyball finals, Tug-of-War, and relay games, which are to be held by the teams that won the preliminary rounds. In addition, students are to participate and socialize through various sports that students can participate in, such as Treasure Hunts, Water Gun Fights, and Daedongnori. Sports events are an opportunity to meet not only friends from the same department, but also students from other majors, so if you enjoy sports voraciously, you may meet many people. In addition, at the Sports Festival, various foods such as pizza, chicken, and boiled pork are ordered and shared as school expenses. If you share delicious food, enjoy sports, and play with water guns, you will be able to relieve stress from various situations. We listened to the opinions of Park Joon-gwon, a sophomore majoring in Electrical Engineering, about this sports event.
Q: Have you ever participated in the Changwon National University Sports Festival?
Park: I have participated in the 2019 Sports Festival.
Q: It's been a while since the CWNU Sports Festival was held. What do you think about this year’s event?
Park: I was wondering if this year's event would be held or not, therefore, I was excited when I heard that the Athletic Meeting would be held safely.
Q: What do you think will be the impact of social distancing and the relaxation of wearing outdoor masks on this sports day?
Park: It was almost impossible to be active outside because we had to wear a mask all the time before the outdoor mask was eased, but I think it was a great advantage to be able to play sports without any inconvenience at the moment, when it was eased. Additionally, it's so nice to be able to promote friendship in an Athletic Meeting, which is another charm of sport events, due to the relaxation of social distancing.
Q: What are you looking forward to in this event?
Park: For two years, school face-to-face events have been canceled due to COVID-19, and I'm very excited about the sports event this year due to social distance mitigation. I'm looking forward to various activities such as interesting competitions, promoting friendship, and participating in water gun fights.
The sports event, which has been held for the first time in a long time since 2019, has given many students expectations and excitement. We hope it is to be a moment for Changwon National University students, who must have been under a lot of stress from the persistent COVID-19 pandemic, tests, and assignments, to enjoy the sports event and spend their school life in ease. Starting with this event, various events are to be able to resume operation. Therefore, we hope that the CWNU Sports Festival, which will be a major starting point for the recovery of daily school life amid COVID-19, to be completed safely and joyfully in accordance with the changed quarantine guidelines.
By Jung In-hee, reporter email@example.com
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