2012 KOREAN NATIONALS
by Andrew Michalak
Korean bodybuilders had their National Championships on June 14th, 2012, in Busan Metropolitan City Ė the second largest city in South Korea, after Seoul. Hosted by the Busan City Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation under the leadership of Mr. Choi Sam-Seob, attracted over 180 male and female competitors, spread between juniors, seniors and maters categories. The Championships were officially opened by the Korean Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation President Kim Nam-Hak, who is also the IFBB Patron, and IFBB Judges Committee Chairman Pawel Filleborn, who represented IFBB President Dr. Rafael Santonja. The overall winners were: Kim Jong-Wong (menís bodybuilding) and Park Bork-Im (womenís bodybuilding).
IFBB Judges Seminar was held in conjunction with these Championships, with over 50 Korean judges participated in. The next seminar, intended for judges from Asian countries, will be held in Seoul on September 12-14, 2012. South Korea is among five strongest IFBB national federations and won many continental and world championships medals. Few weeks ago was the second best team, after Iran, at the 2012 Asian Championships in Uzbekistan. Their top bodybuilders are preparing their bodies to the upcoming 2012 World Menís Championships in Ecuador later this year.
IFBB Executive Mr. Pawel Filleborn (left) and Korean Federation President Mr. Kim Nam-Hak (right) during the Championshipsí opening ceremony.
Officials, organizers and judges with the overall winners. First row: IFBB Executive Mr. Pawel Filleborn (3rd from left); Korean Federation President and IFBB Patron Mr. Kim Nam-Hak (4th from left); Busan City Federation President Mr. Choi Sam-Seob (2nd from right) and Korean Federation First Vice-President Mr. Hong Young-Pyo (far right).
Mr. Choi Sam-Seob, Mr. Pawel Filleborn and Mr. Kim Nam-Hak (right) with the champions: menís bodybuilding overall Kim Jong-Wong and womenís bodybuilding overall Park Bork-Im.
Mr. Pawel Filleborn running the seminar for the judges.
Busan City Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation President Mr. Choi Sam-Seob with the IFBB Gold Medal presented to him by Mr. Pawel Filleborn (left) and Mr. Kim Nam-Hak (right).
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