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The First

Participation in the Turin 1959 Summer Universiade
Medal win at the Tokyo 1967 Universiade
Universiade hosted by Korea, the Muju-Chonju 1997 Winter Universiade
Korea’s overall win at the Gwangju 2015 Universiade

Chungcheong will add another historic FIRST to the FISU history

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The Republic of Korea (ROK) began participating in the competition held in Turin, Italy, from August 27 to September 6, 1959. At that time, South Korea was not a member of the International University Sports Federation, so a team of athletes belonging to the Korea University Athletics Federation under the Korea Association of Athletics Federations participated as observers, with one official and five athletes.

It was at the 1967 Tokyo Universiade that South Korea began to take part in this event fully. On August 24, 1967, just before the games, the Korea University Sports Board (KUSB) was organized, and joined the International University Sports Federation (FISU), and dramatically secured the chance to participate. The South Korean national team at the Tokyo Universiade won one gold medal in women's basketball led by brilliant Park Sin-Ja, nine silver medals in men's volleyball and judo, and one bronze medal in men's gymnastics team competition, ranking 10th overall.

At the 1970 Turin Universiade, South Korea won a bronze medal in volleyball with 47 athletes competing in four sports, including track and field, basketball, volleyball, and fencing. Afterwards, South Korea earned a bronze medal in basketball and volleyball, respectively at the 1973 Moscow Universiade, and won a bronze medal in men's volleyball at the 1977 Sofia Universiade and a gold medal in men's volleyball at the 1979 Mexico Universiade.

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At the 1981 Universiade in Bucharest, South Korea participated in seven sports except swimming, resulting in winning one silver and three bronze medals in wrestling and one silver medal in mixed tennis doubles.

In 1985, South Korea placed 12th overall, winning three gold medals in judo at the Kobe Universiade, Japan.

At the 1991 Universiade in Sheffield, England, the South Korean team won five gold medals, one silver medal, and five bronze medals, ranking sixth in overall performance.

South Korea sent the largest team of 183 athletes in ten sports to the 1995 Fukuoka Universiade in Japan, achieving outstanding results by winning ten gold medals, seven silver medals, and ten bronze medals, placing 5th overall.

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On July 4, 1999, South Korea finished 13th overall with three gold, four silver, and nine bronze medals in Palma, Spain.

The Beijing Universiade was held on a grand and spectacular scale from August 22 to September 1, 2001, with over 6,900 athletes from 169 countries participating. South Korea, which dispatched a large team of 191 athletes, succeeded in reaching the top 10 overall ranking with three gold medals, ten silver medals, and 14 bronze medals.

Izmir in Turkey hosted the 2005 Universiade, where South Korea won 11 gold medals total, notably winning four gold, three silver, and one bronze in archery, in which South Korea particularly excelled.

Next, South Korea ranked fifth with 15 gold, 18 silver, and 18 bronze medals at the 2007 Universiade held in Bangkok, Thailand.