Go (also know as Baduk or Weiqi) has been played in Australia for many years with the Australian Go Association being formed in 1979 but the Australian Go Congress is relatively new. It was founded by Sang-Dae, Hahn in 2015. Professor Hahn was also the initiator of the Korean Ambassador’s Cup tournament which is now played in more than 10 countries.
Financial and logistical support for the Congress is vital, and Raphael Shin is Publisher of the Hanho Korean Newspaper in Sydney has been the major sponsor and Chairman of the Congress organising committee since the beginning. Raphael is also president of the Australian Go Association.
Organising the event is another challenge. The Congress organizing committee consists of David Mitchell (General Manager), Max Han (CFO), Sol Shin (Secretary) and An Younggil 8P (Tournament Referee).
There are also volunteers who help make the event a success, Cindy Xu and Daniel Li lead the Sydney University Go Club volunteers who set up the rooms and make sure everything is in place for the players. James Kaaden who was master of ceremonies in 2017 will be tournament director in 2018. There is also a group of community leaders who contribute ideas and rally support for the event from their communities, these are Billy Sun, Erli Qiu, David He, Daniel Li, Cindy Xu, James Kaaden and Neville Smythe.
Support also comes from Australian Go organizations include The Australian Go Association (A.G.A.), Sydney Go Club and Sydney University Go Club.