President of KABA
I am very pleased to meet all the representatives who visited Korea to participate in the 12th Korea Prime Minister Cup International Baduk Championship.
It has already been 12 years since players from all over the world got together every fall to share friendship over Baduk. My deepest gratitude goes towards the players to whom the long distance and hours of travel could not hinder their sheer love and passion for Baduk.
KPMC was launched in an attempt to popularize Baduk—referred to as the essence of Asian culture—to the world by Korea Amateur Baduk Association.
Today, KPMC is situated as a celebrated event participated by around 60 players from the world every year. I look forward to the day when all the representatives from 76 Baduk associations in the world get together, and myself and the staffs at KABA will put in our utmost effort to disseminate Baduk and to improve KPMC evermore.
Buan, Jeollabuk-do—the venue for KPMC for 2 consecutive years—holds a special position with regards to Baduk in Korea. Loved and respected player worldwide, Lee Chang-ho 9P was born in Jeollabuk-do, and Cho Namcheol 9P, the father of Korean Baduk, called Buan his home.
Dear players! I wish you will be able to immerse yourselves in the atmosphere of Baduk in Korea, and feel the joy of fair competition among your friends from the world.
I would like to express my gratitude to those who have provided immeasurable support for the success of this year’s KPMC, including Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Korean Sports & Olympic Committee, officials of Jeollabuk-do and Buan, and especially to Mr. Kim Jong-gyu, the mayor of Buan who has showed unstinted love towards Baduk.
My best wishes to all the players!