Title: 52nd National Athletic Games; 
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Stamp Serial#
783 
KPC#
C-513 
MICHEL#
810 
StanGib#
969 
Scott#
799 
Date of Issue
10/08/1971 
Quantity
2,000,000 
Denomination
10 won 
Design
Judo contestants 
Designer
Chun Hee-han 
Image Area
47mm*19mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5Ąż10 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Printer
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Repubic of Korea 
Description
The 52nd National Athletic Meet is to be held for six days beginning October 8, 1971, at Seoul Stadium and 34 other places in the capital city.

The National Athletic Meet, which is sponsored by the Korean Amateur Sports Association (KASA) annually, is a major national sports event designed to enhance the physical strength of the people, which is the very source of national defense capability and productivity, by means of encouraging sports and instilling sportsmanship into the minds of the people. It is also aimed at contributing to the growth and development of the nation and national culture by means of enlarging sports population throughout the country and fomenting a clean and pleasant atmosphere in our society.

Again this year, the sacred fire ignited at an altar on Mt. Mani on Kanghwa Island, where, according to a legend, Tangun (the founding father of ancient Korea) was born and worshipped Heaven, will be relayed to Seoul Stadium by relay runners who will carry the torch along a 1,600km course linking all major cities of the country. The torch relaying is to help promote the love of sports among the people.

A total of 16,526 athletes representing 12 provinces and areas - the special cities of Seoul and Pusan, nine provinces and the Korean residents of Japan - will participate in the annual event as before. When sports officials, those taking part in callisthenics and card section, chorus members and torch-relaying runners are put together, the total number of participants is expected to top 32,000. They will demonstrate, to their hearts' content, well trained physical strength and prowess courageously in all games for the honor of their native lands.

In the hope that the forthcoming national sports event will contribute greatly to the promotion of sound spirit and physical strength of the people and will serve as a prime power in the early accomplishment of our long-cherished aspiration for national reunification, the Ministry of Communications is to release a postage stamp in commemoration of the event.