The Chuseok special program ‘Idol Star Athletics Championships’ is not happening this year
On September 14th, according to HeraldPOP, MBC did not schedule the 2023 Chuseok special ‘Idol Star Athletics Championships.’ It was canceled due to the broadcast of the Asian Games instead. Instead, for this Chuseok, MBC plans to air popular programs like ‘I Live Alone’ and ‘Point of Omniscient Interference’ that have received much love from viewers as Chuseok specials.
The ‘Idol Star Athletics Championships’ is especially loved during holidays such as Lunar New Year and Chuseok. The sports events included running, archery, basketball, futsal, rhythmic gymnastics, e-sports, with the appearance of many idols.
As much as it is loved, there were also various controversies, including injuries to idols, unfair treatment, fandom conflicts, and controversial editing. In addition, the program’s popularity has declined significantly compared to its initial launch.
Last year, due to the prolonged COVID-19 situation, the recording for ‘Idol Star Athletics Championships’ did not take place, and this year, it won’t take place again due to the Asian Games broadcast. Whether ‘Idol Star Athletics Championships’ will return in 2024 during the Lunar New Year holiday is drawing attention.