Cho Dae-seong, the best player to shine in Korean table tennis in 2022… Seo Hyo-won and Jung Young-sik won the Popularity Award

Cho Dae-seong (Samsung Life Insurance) was selected as the best player in Korea table tennis 2022. Jang Woo-jin (Army Sports Corps) received the Outstanding Athlete Award, and Oh Jun-seong (Mirae Asset Securities) and Kim Seong-jin (Dae Songgo) received the Rookie Award. In addition, Jung Young-sik (Mirae Asset Securities) and Seo Hyo-won (Korea Horse Association) won the Popularity Award.

The Korea Table Tennis Association held the ‘Seok City Development KTTA AWARDS 2022’ at the Grand Ballroom of the Sofitel Ambassador Hotel in Seoul on the afternoon of the 8th, and praised the players (teams), referees, contributors, and executives and staff who have been active over the past year. With the sponsorship of Seokdo City Development (CEO Lee Chang-seop), the meritorious ceremony, which was expanded to a more splendid and authoritative look than last year, maintained the same resolution this year. 

Numerous table tennis players, led by Seung-min Yoo, president of the Korea Table Tennis Association, attended to encourage the award winners, and distinguished guests such as Lee Chang-seop, chairman of Seokjeong City Development, who served as the main sponsor, Park Jeong (Democratic Party of Korea), and Bae Hyun-jin (People’s Power), members of the National Assembly, also created a festive atmosphere. did. In particular, Sermiang Ng, Vice President of the International Olympic Committee, who is an IOC colleague of President Seung-Min Yoo, came from Singapore to add more meaning to the ceremony.

In his opening remarks, Chairman Yoo Seung-min said, “Seokjeong City Development Chairman Lee Chang-seop, who supported the grand awards ceremony despite the difficult situation, my IOC mentor Sermiang Ng, vice-chairman, who took a precious step from afar, and Park Jung-min, who made great efforts to secure the budget for the 2024 Busan World Table Tennis Championships. , National Assembly member Bae Hyun-jin, and special thanks to the elders who gave great lessons in helping Korean table tennis come this far.” 

“I would also like to congratulate our players and executives who have worked hard over the past year on behalf of the association. The Korea Table Tennis Association will continue to run beyond this year’s Asian Championship to next year’s World Championship, and even further. In the future, We ask for your great support and participation.” Several congratulatory guests and winners responded with loud applause.

The main character of the best player award, the highest honor of the day, was Cho Dae-seong (Samsung Life Insurance). Cho Dae-sung won nine prizes in various international competitions, including last year’s WTT European Summer Series Star Contender doubles championship. On the domestic stage, he solidified his image as the strongest player by sweeping all the most prestigious individual championships, such as the 75th National All-around Championship and the 68th National Type Championship. 

This is the first time that Cho Dae-sung has been awarded the best player award at the Korea Table Tennis Association’s year-end awards ceremony. Following the Rookie Award in 2016 and the Outstanding Player Award in 2018, he has been growing step by step. What was regrettable was that Cho Dae-sung was not able to attend in person because his team, Samsung Life Insurance, had a professional league match that day. His mother, Jang Yoon-jung, received the trophy, a bouquet of flowers, and 3 million won in prize money instead.

The excellent athlete award was awarded to Jang Woo-jin (Army Sports Corps). Jang Woo-jin, as the ace of his national team, led the men’s team quarterfinals at the Chengdu World Table Tennis Championships, and performed a lot last year as well. In particular, Jang Woo-jin’s outstanding player award drew attention as it was a consecutive award following last year. 

At last year’s awards ceremony, he was jointly awarded with Lim Jong-hoon (KGC Ginseng Corporation), partner of the 2021 Houston World Table Tennis Championships Finals men’s doubles silver medal. He is also the recipient of the 2018 Most Valuable Player Award. It was an award that reaffirmed the presence of Jang Woo-jin, who has led Korean men’s table tennis for the past few years. Jang Woo-jin, who is serving in the military, also regretted not being able to attend the scene.

The male and female rookie awards were awarded to Oh Jun-seong (Mirae Asset Securities) and Kim Seong-jin (Dae Songgo). Oh Jun-seong left a strong impression as the next-generation Korean table tennis ace by winning the general division singles at the 38th Presidential Competition, where he competed as a freshman in high school (a major advertisement at the time) before joining unemployment early. Kim Seong-jin also showed off his extraordinary potential by keeping the top of the high school division in competitions organized by the Korea Table Tennis Association, such as the National Sports Festival and the Presidential Flag. 

Oh Jun-seong and Kim Seong-jin also recorded many prizes in the youth contender series hosted by WTT last year. The two players pledged, “Thank you for giving me the rookie award, which is only once in my life. I will not be satisfied here and will work harder to become a great and wonderful player.”

In addition, Anyang Girls’ Middle School and coach Yoon Ki-young, who swept all of the women’s and middle division team events in the 6 national tournaments organized by the Korea Table Tennis Association held last year, won the Best Team Award and the Best Leader Award. Pohang Jangwon Elementary School (Nam Elementary School), Uijeongbu Sae Mal Elementary School, Gyeongju Yonghwang Elementary School (Lee Sang Yeo Elementary School), Daejeon Dongsan Middle School (Nam Middle School), Duho High School (Nam High School), Daesong High School, Doksan High School (Lee Sang Girls’ High School), and Kyonggi University ( Men’s University), Changwon University (Women’s University), and POSCO International (Energy, Women’s General) received the Outstanding Group Award, and the team leaders also received the Outstanding Leader Award. 

The referee helps the players feel the game through stable operation. The 2022 referee award was awarded to international referees Kwon Mi-kyung and Oh Bok-ja. Two star players, Seo Hyo-won (Korea Racing Association) and Jung Young-sik (Mirae Asset Securities playing coach), who contributed to the popularity of table tennis through various media activities as well as participation in the game, won the Popularity Award. The tvN table tennis entertainment TV program ‘All Table Tennis!’, in which the two players made a special appearance, also received the ‘Table Tennis Influence Award’ in recognition of its contribution to popularizing table tennis.

In addition to various competition categories, the ‘Special Award’ received great attention at the awards ceremony on this day. The winner is Choi Won-seok, former president of the Korea Table Tennis Association. Former Chairman Choi Won-seok led the heyday of Korean table tennis as the head of the Korea Table Tennis Association for a long time from August 1979 to May 1995. During his tenure, he invested a total of more than 10 billion won in table tennis. 

In particular, the national team players who grew up through the Giheung table tennis gym operated during that period enjoyed the golden age of Korean table tennis, such as the Asian Games in 1986, the Olympics in 1988, the Chiba World Championships in 1991, and the Gothenburg World Championships in 1993. It is also talked about like a ‘legend’. On this day, President Seung-Min Yoo and Vice-Chairman Ser Miang Ng of the IOC jointly awarded the award, and his son Choi Yong-hyeok, President of Dong-A University of Broadcasting and Arts, honored the special honor his father achieved by receiving the award on behalf of him.

Table tennis players who remember the golden age of Giheung Training Center are making steady efforts to build it until recently, but the gym dedicated to table tennis is not easily available. The ‘100 Years Plan’ in Hongcheon, Gangwon-do, which went to the stage just before the sacrament last year, was also stranded due to the changed administrative flow after the local elections. 

President Choi Yong-hyeok, who won the meaningful special award on behalf of him, said, “I sincerely thank the Korea 메이저사이트Table Tennis Association and Seokjeong City Development for creating a meaningful and honorable event. I was able to meet the players of the time when I was active as a member of the team, and I also had the opportunity to watch overseas competitions. Although I was not able to attend this event because I was ill, I wanted to tell you that I was grateful and honored. Even from afar, I sincerely wish the development of our table tennis and Korea Table Tennis Association. He asked me to tell him that he was cheering and praying for me,” he said on behalf of his father.

In addition, at the awards ceremony, the achievement awards and best employee awards for each city/province branch and federation executives were praised for administrative stability, and last year’s T2 League winners were also awarded the division league top prize. 

Meanwhile, the Korea Table Tennis Association took the first step in earnest in the new year by holding the 2023 regular general meeting with the board of directors prior to the awards ceremony. 19 delegates from 21 city and provincial chapters and federations under the umbrella participated and cheered, reporting the previous year’s business results and announcing the new year’s business plan, reaffirming their resolve for the new year.

This year, the Korea Table Tennis Association has a very special event ahead of it, in addition to numerous competitions and events that have been hosted and supervised. In September, the 2023 Asian Table Tennis Championships will be held in Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do. It is the time to prepare for the Busan World Table Tennis Championships next year, and the youth development project to secure the future of Korean table tennis is also starting to operate. The year 2023 of Korean table tennis has opened in earnest. /

▷ Seok City Development KTTA AWARDS 2022
▶Best Player Award = Cho Dae-seong (Samsung Life Insurance) ▶Best Player Award = Jang Woo-jin (Army Army Sports Corps) ▶Rookie Award = Oh Jun-seong (Mirae Asset Securities), Kim Seong-jin (Dae Song High School) ▶Best Team Award = Anyang Girls’ Middle School ▶Best Leader Award = Yoon Ki-young (Anyang Girls’ Middle School) ▶Excellent Group Award (Excellent Leadership Award) = Pohang Jangwon Elementary School (Choi Yoon-jeong), Uijeongbu Saemaulcho (Lee Ji-hye), Gyeongju Yonghwangcho (Park Hyeon-sook), Daejeon Dongsan Middle School (Cha Jong-yoon), Duho High School (Jang Se-ho), Daesong High School (Jung In-no), Doksan High School (Oh Yoon-jeong) ), Kyonggi University (Lee Jae-wook), Changwon University (Oh Yun-kyung), POSCO International (Jeon Hye-kyung) ▶ Popularity Award = Seo Hyo-won (Korea Racing Association), Jeong Young-sik (Mirae Asset Securities) ▶ Referee Award = Kwon Mi-kyung, Oh Bok-ja International Referee ▶ Special Award = Choi Won-seok (former Korea Table Tennis Association / Dong-A Group Chairman) ▶ Achievement Award = Yoo Hee-bok (Seoul Takhyup Chairman), Park Jong-woo (Busan Takhyup Chairman), Seo Jeong-hyeon (Incheon Takhyup Vice Chairman), Hyun Min-woo (Daejeon Takhyup Chairman), Yoon Cheol-jin (Ulsan Takhyup Chairman), Son Chung-bae (Chungnam Takhyup Vice Chairman), Seo Dong-geun (Vice President of Jeonnam Takhyup), Mal-boon Park (Vice President of Gyeongbuk Takhyup), Sang-bae Kim (Vice President of Jeju Takhyup), Myung-yoon Baek (Elementary Federation Advisor), Hee-dae Koo (Vice President of Middle and High School Federation), Gang-seok Song (Vice President of University Federation), Moon-soo Kang (Vice President of Korea Table Tennis Association) , Park In-sook (Korea Table Tennis Association referee), Oh Seong-hee (Korea Table Tennis Association referee) ▶Table Tennis Influence Award = All table tennis! ▶Best Employee Award = Lee Jong-san (International Team Manager), Ha Sang-geun (Division League/i-League General Manager) ▶ Division League Top Excellence Award = Women’s T2 Passion (No Mi-hwa, Moon Jeong-im, Song Min-kyung, Ha Jeong-hee), Men’s T2 Doubles (Jung Joon-young, Hwang Seong-bin) , Kim Do-yeop).