Korean Ministry backs PyeongChang potential with $1m investment
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications
SEOUL, Jul 22: Further domestic encouragement for PyeongChang's bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics has come from the South Korean government's initiative in support of the country's winter sports facilities and its athletes.
Around $1m is to be invested by the Korean Olympic Committee, supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, in launching a new training center in PyeongChang for athletes and in providing off-season training opportunities for snow sports including ski, biathlon, bobsleigh and skeleton.
The training center, capable of accommodating 500 athletes, will open at Gangwon Province’s Alpensia Resort this summer and then again from December to March 2011. Physical therapy rooms and exercise rooms overseen by KOC specialists will also be available for athletes.
Alpensia is one of the principal Olympic clusters in PyeongChang’s 2018 Games Plan and would be the location of the main Olympic Village and several competition venues.
Bid chairman and ceo Yang-Ho Cho said: “We thank the government for this significant investment which will improve our winter sports facilities, help to enhance our athletes’ performance and encourage greater interest and participation in winter sports in Korea and Asia.”
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