POSTED: March 10th 2010
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PyeongChang signs off the applicant file as next step along road to 2018

Yang-Ho Cho: proud of what is being achieved / Fotosports.com
Yang-Ho Cho: proud of what is being achieved / Fotosports.com

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

PYEONGCHANG, Mar 10: PyeongChang’s 2018 bid team has put the finishing touches to the Applicant File to be despatched to the International Olympic Committee in pursuit of host rights to the Winter Games.

A signing ceremony conducted by co-chairmen Yang-Ho Cho and Jin-Sun Kim cleared the file to be despatched to the IOC by next Monday’s 15 deadline.

Yang-Ho Cho said: “Today marks an important step in our journey to show our commitment, dedication and passion for hosting the Winter Games. We are proud to highlight PyeongChang's vision to help expand winter sports internationally and connect the Olympic Movement with millions of new, young hearts and minds across the Asian region."

Co-Chairman Jin-Sun Kim described PyeongChang as “an ideal partner” for the IOC.

He added: “We have worked tirelessly to keep our promises and advanced our technical bid plan with significant investment in infrastructure and venue improvements. This offers the movement the most compact and efficient Games Plan in Olympic Winter Games history."

The IOC will formally name the candidate cities for 2018 on June 21, 2010. Also in contention are Munich and Annecy.

Momentum

Korean momentum was enhanced by the success in Vancouver recently of three athletes graduates from PyeongChang's Dream Program.

Boit Philip (Kenya, men's cross-country skiing), Kalhor Marjan (Iran, Alpine skiing – women’s slalom and giant slalom) and Sindelar Petr (Czech Republic, snowboard – men’s parallel giant slalom) all progressed from the initiative targeted at young people from countries lacking a winter season or adequate facilities.

Jin-Sun Kim, who is Governor of Gangwon Province as well as being co-chairman of PyeongChang 2018, said: “We are proud to have helped these athletes along their sporting journey. This is all part of our commitment to grow winter sports internationally and reach out to new areas of the world."

The Dream Program was launched in 2004 as a result of PyeongChang's promise to the IOC to promote winter sports. So far it has enabled 806 participants from 42 different countries to fulfill their dream of partaking in various disciplines.

A dozen athletes from eight countries who have participated in the Dream Program have progressed to compete for their country at international winter sports events.


Keywords · 2018 Winter Olympic Games · Pyeongchang


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