'Mr. Korean Shooting Kidarius' Hanwha leaves shooting world, resigns as federation president

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21 years at the helm of the shooting federation, more than 20 billion won in development funds alone 'Acting President' FISF struggles to find successor

Hanwha Group honors Rio Olympic medalists. In the center is former federation president Hwang Yong-deuk.

Hanwha Group, which has supported Korean shooting as president of the Korean Shooting Federation since 2002, is leaving the sport.

Kim Eun-soo, president of the Korean Shooting Federation, submitted his resignation on Monday, saying he would step down as president of the organization.

Kim is the former head of Hanwha Galleria.

A Hanwha Group official told Yonhap News Agency on Tuesday, "I have been sponsoring the federation as president since 2002. I originally planned to quit (as chairman) after the (2021) Tokyo Olympics, but I thought I should fulfill my responsibilities until the Hangzhou Asian Games. The Asian Games were postponed by a year, so it's now (after the Asian Games)," he explained.

As for why he's stepping down, he said, "I think we've accomplished what we set out to do with our long-term support of the sport. I hope to open up opportunities for new companies and individuals to take the sport to the next level."

The Hanwha Group has been a pillar of support for Korean shooting over the past two decades.

It founded the Hanwha Galleria Shooting Team in 2001 and since 2008 has organized the Hanwha Chairman's Cup National Shooting Championship, one of the four major competitions in Korea.

Since 2002, Hanwha has contributed more than KRW 20 billion to the shooting development fund.

'Shooting Emperor' Jin Jong-oh

Thanks to this generous support, Korean shooting has reached its peak.

At the 2004 Athens Games, the first Olympics held under Hanwha Group's chairmanship, Jin Jong-oh won his first medal, a silver, and began the legend of the "shooting emperor.

Jin went on to win four gold and two silver medals at the Olympics, including a double at London 2012 and a gold at Rio de Janeiro 2016.

At London, Kim Jang-mi won gold in women's pistol, and at Tokyo 2020, Kim Min-jung won silver in women's pistol.

South Korean shooting has won seven gold, nine silver, and one bronze Olympic medals, but only five gold, seven silver, and one bronze medal since Hanwha Group became chairman.

A view of the rifle shooting competition

At the Hangzhou Asian Games, Korea's shooting team won two gold, four silver and eight bronze medals despite being labeled as "not as good as it used to be".

Now, the Korean Shooting Federation needs to find a chairman to succeed Hanwha Group.

"For the time being, we will go with an acting chairman and look for a chairman," said a federation official.

There has been talk of Hanwha Group's departure from the sport since it disbanded the Galleria Shooting Team in 2017.

A federation official said, "We thank Hanwha Group for their dedication. We will actively search for a successor." 토토사이트

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