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The 4th Seoul Kyung Jae Korea Open Championships – 2008

July 3rd, 2008 by Geoff Thomsen

This past weekend, the The 4th Seoul Kyung Jae Korea Open Championships were held in Seoul, South Korea.  Representing the IRT, was E-Force player Chris "the crippler" Crowther.  From the photos and some commentary from people who attended, it sounded like a kick-ass event.  The court was 5-wall glass (sound familiar) positioned in the middle of a big shopping mall.  The player intros featured a full light show AND pyrotechnics!!  A good summary was given by Mark Salinas on the MNP forums. Some pics (from the Korea Racquetball Federation):

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And some racquetball videos from YouTube (complete list from raketbaler here):

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Official Blurb from www.irt-tour.com com:

Dates:   June 25th thru June 29

Locations: Kyung Gi Do, Ilsan and Seocho YMCA

Cash prize:  $4500.00

The  tournament in Seuol is one of the largest racquetball events in Korea.  In the past, the event has attracted several top players from Mexico , Japan and all over Asia. This year the event will become an IRT satellite and feature top IRT professional , Chris Crowther.   This year is even more exciting since the event will feature a brand new glass court that will be set up in an outdoor high traffic area where the sport will be showcased to  many people who have never heard or seen the racquetball.  Racquetball is growing very quickly in Korea and this event is sure to bring more people to the sport in Korea.

The tournament is sponsored by Kyung Jae Newspaper, BMS Korea,  Hym Chan Entertainment Corporation, Sport- Up and E-Force

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