KPC3449: The 100th Anniversary of the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee

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(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 30 June 2020 KoreaPost issued a stamp commemorating the “100th Anniversary of the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee”. From the Wikipedia page on the committee: “The Korean Sport & Olympic Committee (Korean: 대한체육회, Abbr.: KOC) is the National Olympic Committee of Republic of Korea (competing as Korea) for the Olympic Games movement and inbound sports issue. It is a non-profit organization that selects players and teams to represent the nation, and raises funds to send them to Olympic events organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It was part of Korea Sports Council which was established in 1920, but two organizations were merged in 2009. Korean Olympic Committee merged with the Korea Council of Sport for All since March 2016 and renamed as Korean Sport & Olympic Committee since late November 2016 but the emblem of the Committee and the name in Korean are remaining the same as previous.

KoreaPost released the stamps in a commemorative (souvenir) stamp sheet of 15 (3×5) stamps of 380 won each, printed by Southern Colour Print for POSA:


The details of the stamps as listed at the time of this publication:

대한체육회 창립 100주년

디자인승리를 위해 열정적으로 경기에 임하는 선수들의 모습
인쇄 및 색수평판 / 4도 / UV
전지구성4 × 4
발행일2020. 6. 30.
우표크기40 × 30
인면38.5 × 28.5
천공14 × 14

KoreaPost released this text with this new issue:

The Republic of Korea has established itself as a sports powerhouse, coming in fourth in the 1988 Summer Olympic Games as well as the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and hosted mega sporting events including the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, FINA World Championships, and World Athletics Championships. This year marks the 100th year since the foundation of the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee (KSOC), which has played a critical role in helping Korea write this remarkable sports history. Honoring its 100th anniversary, Korea Post issues the commemorative stamp 100th Anniversary of the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee.

At a time when Japan shifted its direction from military rule to cultural hegemony after the March 1st Movement, Joseon athletes, of which many student studying abroad in Tokyo, began to unit. Finally on July 13, 1920, around 90 stakeholders came together at Central Church in Insa-dong and launched the Joseon Sports Society. In just three months since its foundation, the Joseon Sports Society successfully held the 1st Joseon Baseball Competition, which is the origin of today`s National Sports Festival. It gradually positioned itself in the country with the hosting of the 1st Joseon Football Competition and Joseon Tennis Competition in the next year. By 1925, the Joseon Sports Society began to host competitions in various sporting events such as baseball, football, tennis, and track and field, thereby fully establishing its framework and serving as a linchpin for sports stakeholders in Joseon. The Joseon Sports Society was disbanded after merging into the Joseon Sports Association in July 1938, but it was restored after the country`s liberation and renamed after the country`s new name to the Korea Sport Council on September 3, 1948.

Despite difficult times, sports developed in the country, providing great energy and joy to Koreans. Many Korean athletes gave hope to its citizens, such as marathoner Sohn Kee-chung, the first Korean albeit as a member of the Japanese delegation to win a gold Olympic medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, and wrestler Yang Jung-mo, the first Korean to win a gold Olympic medal after the foundation of the Republic of Korea at the 1976 Summer Olympic Games in Montreal. Subsequently, Korea has not only successfully hosted the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, but also performed remarkably in various sports disciplines. Furthermore, Korea successfully held the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, confirm its global standing in the world.

This commemorative stamp for the 100th anniversary of the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee includes images of three sports disciplines hosted in the early days of the Joseon Sports Society: baseball, football and tennis. From athletes in blue, red and white representing the symbol of Taegeuk and Koreans as `the people of white clothes,` you can see the value of modern sports, which served as a symbol against imperial Japan 100 years ago. We hope this commemorative stamp provides an opportunity to reflect on 100 years of proud history of sports in Korea.

New issue leaflet

KoreaPost released this new issue leaflet for the stamp issue:

All relevant text and images in page copyright: 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost

Ivo Spanjersberg
Currently KSS Publisher/Webmaster, previously KSS Chairman (2018-2019). Living in Amsterdam. I collect Korean revenue stamps, see my website:

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