POSTED: August 30th 2010
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PyeongChang 2018: Hope Marathon gathers 5,000 supporters for the bid

PyeongChang 2018 ambassador Youngjo Hwang (centre, holding the blue flag) joins the runners to support the bid / PyeongChang 2018
PyeongChang 2018 ambassador Youngjo Hwang (centre, holding the blue flag) joins the runners to support the bid / PyeongChang 2018

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/SEOUL, Aug 30: Runners in the annual Hope Marathon held at the Olympic Park in Seoul showed their support for the PyeongChang 2018 winter Games and Paralympics bid.

The event is focused on hope for the disabled and a good 2,000 of the participants were people with disabilities and they were joined by 30 Olympic medalists. The event took place Saturday August 28th in Seoul at the original park of the Seoul 1988 Games. 

Barcelona gold medal marathoner Youngjo Hwang is president of the Hope Marathon organizing committee and also strongly supports the Korean bid as an ambassador. 

He said, “It is an honour to be here today to see athletes of all ages and abilities unite in support of the PyeongChang 2018 bid. This demonstrates the support that the community has for the PyeongChang bid and we hope today has illustrated joy that sport can create as well its ability to inspire people throughout the region.”

Among the Olympians present was also Lee-Kyung Chun, Short Track Speed Skating Gold medallist at the 1994 and 1998 Olympic Games who also serves on the PyeongChang 2018 athletes committee.

The 2018 bid race for the winter Games will be decided in July 2011 at the IOC session in Durban, South Africa.


Keywords · PyeongChang 2018 · Olympic bidding · Youngjo Hwang · Lee-Kyung Chun · Hope Marathon


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