GWANGJU, The construction of the athletes' village for the 2019 FINA World Championships has been completed in Gwangju, southwestern South Korea, ahead of its formal opening slated for early July, organizers said Thursday.
The athletes' village will accommodate about 4,000 athletes and officials, who will participate in the first FINA (French abbreviation of the International Swimming Federation) championships to be hosted by South Korea, and approximately 2,000 media workers covering the event.
The biennial FINA World Championships will be held in Gwangju, 330 kilometers south of Seoul, and Yeosu, South Jeolla Province, from July 12-28. It will be the 18th edition of the world swimming body's signature event.
The athletes' village covering 94,131 square meters consists of 1,660 apartments in 25 buildings with 15 to 25 floors.
About 6,000 participants in the FINA World Masters Championships, which will take place in Gwangju and Yeosu from Aug. 5-18, will use the same athletes' village located in the metropolitan city's Gwangsan district.
The village, divided into three separate zones international zone, athletes zone and media zone will have various convenience and support facilities that are equal to those of four-star hotels.
The international zone will have the national flag plaza, registration center, general situation room, press conference room, counterterrorism headquarters, FINA office and VIP room, among others.
The athletes zone will feature a souvenir shop, duty-free shop, medical center, doping administration office, bank, fitness center, dry cleaning shop, electric massager room and restaurants.
In addition, beauty salons, a flower shop and game rooms will be housed in the athletes' village, while the main restaurant will serve Asian, European, halal and Korean food to meet the various tastes of the athletes and officials.
Organizers said the construction of all subsidiary facilities will be finished by the end of May, with the official opening ceremony of the athletes' village slated for July 5.
The athletes, officials and media workers will then be able to enter the village from July 6-11, they said.
Source: Yonhap news Agency