Jeonnam Provincial Council members안전놀이터 left the venue in large numbers just before the President’s commemorative speech on the opening ceremony of the National Sports Festival held in Mokpo, Jeollanam-do on the 13th. There is criticism that this is inappropriate behavior as a provincial council member of the metropolitan government hosting this event. The lawmakers said they left early because the buses returning to their constituencies had limited operating times.
About 30 South Jeolla Province lawmakers attended the opening ceremony of the 104th National Sports Festival and the 43rd National Sports Festival for the Disabled held at Mokpo Stadium the previous afternoon. They sat in the designated seats near the VIP seats , including President Yoon, about an hour before the opening ceremony began .
About 15,000 people attended the opening ceremony, including delegations from 17 cities and provinces across the country, overseas Korean athletes from 18 countries, and residents of Gwangju and Jeonnam cities and provinces. President Yoon Seok-yeol, First Lady Kim Kun-hee, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Lee Joo-ho, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Yoo In-chon, South Jeolla Province Governor Kim Young-rok, and Korea Sports Council President Lee Ki-hong also attended.
However, lawmakers began to leave about 40 minutes after the opening ceremony began. When Lee Ki-hong, president of the Korea Sports Council, gave his opening speech, only one or two people remained. President Yoon Seok-yeol continued his commemorative speech.
At the time, it was reported that other attendees were staying in the designated seats near the VIP seats, highlighting the empty seats at the Jeonnam Provincial Assembly. An official from the Sports Association pointed out, “Jeonnam Provincial lawmakers were absent during an event held in their hometown,” adding, “Isn’t this embarrassing for external guests such as the government and Sports Association officials?”
It is known that Jeonnam Provincial lawmakers left their seats early because the operating times of buses used by groups were set.