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(LEAD) Badminton tournament opens for multicultural families

All News 14:19 June 17, 2017

(ATTN: UPDATES with more comments in last 4 paras; ADDS photo)

GOYANG, Gyeonggi Province, June 17 (Yonhap) -- An annual badminton tournament for multicultural families in South Korea kicked off in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, on Saturday.

More than 700 families from across the country, including around 300 players, participated in the event co-hosted by Yonhap News Agency, a leading newswire based in Seoul, and the Goyang City Sports Council.

It's co-sponsored by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family and the Goyang city government.

"Now, multicultural families have become a dignified part of the Republic of Korea and a precious element to protect diversity in our society," Park No-hwang, president and CEO of Yonhap, said in a message read by Shim Soo-hwa, managing director for marketing at Yonhap.

Shim Soo-hwa, managing director for marketing at Yonhap News Agency, reads out a message from Yonhap's CEO Park No-hwang, at the opening of a badminton tournament in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, on June 17, 2017. (Yonhap)

Gender Minister Kang Eun-hee said her ministry will make every effort to help multicultural families in the country live a stable life and take part in more social activities.

Goyang Mayor Choi Sung pointed out, "We can't play badminton alone. A partner is needed. Our society is the same. We can't have harmonious order with a selfish attitude."

He stressed the importance of respecting other people even if they are from different countries and have different cultural backgrounds.

Various cultural events were held as well on the sidelines of the games. A health counseling booth was established at the venue, along with face-painting and nail-art booths for children.

The badminton event started in 2000.

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